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The Great Learning

May 29, 2016
2:00 pmto7:30 pm
May 30, 2016
2:00 pmto5:00 pm

Great learning 2-2

Locations and Times

Sunday May 29
2pm: First Unitarian Church
3pm: Schenley Plaza
4:30pm: Heymann Theater (Stephen Foster Memorial)
6pm: First Unitarian Church

Monday May 30
2-5pm The Union Project

Pittsburgh Festival of New Music presents Cornelius Cardew’s The Great Learning. One of the earliest pieces to be called “minimalist” (by composer and critic Michael Nyman), The Great Learning is composed for a large number of trained and untrained musicians on texts by Confucius in Ezra Pound’s translations. The piece conjures at once Ligeti’s clouds of sound, Webern’s pointillism, Reich’s phasing cycles, and Cage’s conceptual provocations.

The Great Learning at PFNM is performed in various city venues as a collaboration with percussionist and Great-Learning-veteran Sarah Hennies, Pittsburgh’s David Matthews, and the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra (ELCO).

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