Nov 03 2014
USC Wind Ensemble Concert

USC Wind Ensemble Concert

Presented by USC School of Music at Koger Center for the Arts

The USC Wind Ensemble presents an evening of electro-acoustic music that features works for electronics and wind ensemble by Edgar Varese, Mason Bates and Steven Bryant. A rare performance of Edgar Varese’s landmark work, “Deserts,” composed for winds and electronic tape, alternates sections of acoustic music with pre-recorded organized sounds. Now considered to be one of the most important pieces of avant-garde music, it was a musical scandal as Paris audience members rioted during the 1954 premier in response to what they were hearing. “Mothership” by Mason Bates, one of the world’s leaders in electro-acoustic music, features a variety of soloists performing from different areas around the stage. The concert concludes with Steven Bryant’s “Ecstatic Waters,” a juxtaposition of contradictory musical and extra-musical elements and an attempt to resolve them. The five connected movements hint at a narrative that touches upon naiveté, divination, fanaticism, post-human possibilities, anarchy, order and the Jungian collective unconscious.

Admission Info


Phone: 803-576-5763

Dates & Times

2014/11/03 - 2014/11/03

Location Info

Koger Center for the Arts

1051 Greene Street, Columbia, SC 29201