On Sunday, October 16 at 3 PM at the Penn Museum
3260 South Street in Philadelphia
Relâche, the internationally renowned new music octet, kicks off its 2016–2017 concert series at the Penn Museum with new music to accompany some old silent film favorites—and a new commission inspired by 4,000-year-old texts from the Penn Museum’s collection of Sumerian cuneiform tablets. The ensemble performs the world premiere of Sumer Redux, the new commission by the ensemble’s composer and bassoonist Chuck Holdeman. The three fantastical Méliès silent films ca. 1903, The Merry Frolics of Satan, Hydrotherapie Fantastique, and The Damnation of Faust, are screened with new music by Phillip Johnston. A Relâche premiere by Paul A. Epstein rounds out the program.
Special for Students! $5 with ID, plus bring a second student along for free!
Regular admission is $15, or $10 for Penn Museum members
at the door or use this link to purchase in advance
Enter at 2PM to visit the galleries before the concert
(The Midas show requires an additional $5 admission)
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Relâche is a new music ensemble that for over thirty-five years has maintained an international reputation as a leader in commissioning and performing the innovative music of our time. Relâche has a unique sound—flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, viola, piano, bass and percussion, and performs works that are neither classical, nor popular, but somewhere in between—a melding of Western classical traditions with jazz, rock, electronica, world music, and more.
Among the oldest continuously operating, non-profit organizations and chamber ensembles dedicated to contemporary music in the United States, Relâche has consistently offered world-class performances and presentations of music by leading American and international composers and artists. To date, Relâche has performed more than 600 concerts in the Greater Philadelphia area, around the country and the globe, including residency, festival and touring appearances in South America, Japan, and Eastern and Western Europe. The Ensemble boasts a touring-ready repertoire of over 50 pieces and a repertory library of over 400 works. Relâche commissions include works by Robert Ashley, Kitty Brazelton, John Cage, Uri Caine, Fred Frith, Kyle Gann, Philip Glass, Fred Ho, Michael Nyman, Pauline Oliveros, Bobby Previte, George Russell, Somei Satoh, and Lois V Vierk. Relâche has released seven CD’s to date, from Relâche on Edge (1991), to Comix Trips (2014).
Contact Relâche via emailing Chuck Holdeman, firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (215) 574-8248.