The 2006 Festival of Microtonal Music

Partch Dances

Tuesday May 30th 8:30
REDCAT Theater in Disney Hall 621 W. Second St. Los Angeles

Returning to REDCAT for the third consecutive season, PARTCH continues their ongoing multi-media survey of the chamber music of the great American Maverick composer Harry Partch with a new 6-dancer choreography of Castor & Pollux, the Intrusions, a filmed performance by the composer of his last piece from Betty Freeman & Stephen Poulot's 1972 documentary The Dreamer That Remains, and the World Premiere of his recently rediscovered SONATA DEMENTIA (1950).

$24/$12 students & seniors

REDCAT box office at Disney Hall (213)237-2800 www.redcat.org

New! An excerpt of Partch's Pollux (choreographed version to premiere on this concert):

"An interlink of splendid musicians...a true garden of delights."
—Lou Harrison

"Schneider, whose gracious stage personality is the opposite of Partch's, nevertheless manages to convey the composer through his own voice, which is exactly what all lasting music must be capable of sustaining, even in such unique works as Barstow and excerpts from Partch's journal, Bitter Music....Enthralling, as well, was the entire ensemble which has impressively mastered Partch's instruments......performances lyrical and theatrical, emphasized the musical side of a composer too often known for his quirkiness"
—Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times

"World-class tribute....[The performers] managed their exotic gadgetry with appealing skill.... John Schneider – guitarist, composer, baritone, microtonal guru...delivered a pretty good facsimile of the old boy's stentorian growl...as long as there are John Schneiders to re-create passably the sounds of Partch, we'll have a tenuous grip on this unique byway in the annals of American innovation"
—Alan Rich, LA Weekly

"...performs with such elegance and élan as to put one's reservations quite beyond the pale....A delight, a treat, and, for those who care, an education (or a basis for debate)." —Fanfare

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