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Crossing musical frontiers

Conference on the history of 20th Century music

Munich, 04/28/2009

One could hardly imagine the history of 20th Century music without the cultural exchange between North America – in particular the USA – and Europe. This exchange has permanently influenced the relationships and interactions between people and institutions, and even the cultural policy of states. A two-part conference joint-run by LMU Munich, Harvard University and the Paul Sacher Foundation, Basel, will now be the first to broach the issue of the dynamics of the transatlantic relationship, with speeches from leading international speakers. The kick-off meeting, which dealt with the first half of the century, took place at Harvard University at the end of October 2008 and was a huge success. The second half, to take place in Munich, will be focusing on the period between 1950 and today. Steve Reich, one of the leading composers of our time and Pulitzer Prize winner 2009, will be participating in the conference. The pickup will be on 7 May 2009, starting 16:00 pm in the large auditorium of LMU Munich, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, where Reich will be talking with Paul Hillier about his works from 18:30 pm. On the following days, 8 and 9 May, the conference will be held in the Amerika Haus at Karolinenplatz 3.

In an attractive side program, renowned American musicians – the Chiara String Quartet, the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo and pianist Bruce Brubaker – will be performing works of European and American composers that exemplify the message of the conference. Performances to be heard include Steve Reich’s string quartet Different Trains, the European premiere of the piano arrangement of Edgard Varèse’s monumental orchestral work Amériques, as well as avant-garde pieces by Sylvano Bussotti, Earle Brown and Alvin Curran.

The conference is public and entry to all events is free. A comprehensive bilingual program is available.

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