Tuesday: Fulcrum Point

On Tuesday, the Fulcrum Point new music ensemble lives up to its name, presenting a concert called "Heroes and Demons", which explores the intersection of classical music and popular cultures from around the world.  From the Indian Classical tradition to urban and rural traditions of the Americas, the concert aims to draw connections between legends and urban myths.
  • David Dzubay (of Indiana University) has two pieces related to Native American rituals and monuments
  • Sulvasutra by Evan Ziporyn (of Bang on a Can fame) is based on the Indian Vedic tradition and is written for string ensemble plus tabla and pipa.
  • Óox p'eel ikil t'aan by "one of the leading Mexican composers of her generation" Hilda Paredes (now living in London) for trumpet, percussion, tape, and live electronics, based on Mayan poetry.  The piece will accompany dance by the Luna Negra Dance Theater.
  • Urban Legends by Fulcrum Point composer-in-residence Randall Woolf, fusing spoken word and rap with contemporary chamber music.
On paper, this is a risky concert.  There is a fine line between multiculturalism and appropriation, and it will be interesting to see which side each of these pieces fall on.
I will be there Tuesday, so feel free to say hi and/or let me know what you thought of the concert.  I'll post a review Tuesday night to initiate discussion.  I'll be curious to see what you think.
  • Tuesday, March 23 at 7:30
  • At the Harris Theater for Music and Dance (Millennium Park)
  • $30 / $15 (student, senior)
  • Fulcrum Point website
  • Post-concert reception (wine & cheese)

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