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2012 Event Media Release - The Composers


'There's just a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history and Steve Reich is one of them.'
The Guardian

In April 2012, Sydney Opera House will stage The Composers: Steve Reich in Residence - an ambitious program that will celebrate the work of one of the most original composers of our time. It will culminate in a performance of some of the highlights of Reich’s musical repertoire by some of the finest international and Australian musicians.

The Composers is a new Sydney Opera House initiative dedicated to celebrating the music of the most influential contemporary composers. Reich will mark the start of this new initiative by making a rare trip to Australia and working in residence at Sydney Opera House with performers and students, for a week leading up to the final performance.

Steve Reich is widely regarded as the leading pioneer of minimalism, with his music continuing to have a profound and far-reaching impact on composers today.  He will discuss his rich career and extraordinary musical influence during Steve Reich in Conversation at Sydney Opera House on Thursday 26 April.

Highlights of the concert, Steve Reich – A Celebration, on Sunday 29 April will be a performance of Music for 18 Musicians - a piece rarely staged due to the complexity of its scoring and instrumentation - as well as the Australian premiere of Variations for Vibes Strings Pianos which requires two pianos, three string quartets and four vibraphones. This will be preceded during the evening by performances of Mallet Quartet, Drumming (Part One), Double Sextet and more.

The pieces will be performed by an ensemble cast of some of the most highly regarded musicians from Australia and around the world, who will rehearse with Reich during his residency at the House, including Synergy Percussion, Eighth Blackbird, Halcyon, Ensemble Offspring and more.

During his residency, Reich will also work with students from the Flagship Sydney Youth Orchestras (SYO) who have auditioned for this opportunity. Responding to video footage of rehearsals, Reich will provide ongoing commentary on their work prior to his arrival in Australia, and will work with them during his residency to help develop their interpretations and understanding of the intricate rhythms found within new music. This will culminate in two concerts by SYO at Sydney Opera House during the week of Reich’s visit.

For MEDIA information, contact:
Meera Hindocha, Senior Publicist
T. 02 9250 7834 / E. 

Tickets go on sale from Monday 20 February 2012.

The Composers: Steve Reich – A Celebration
   Sunday 29 April, 6.00pm
Venue:    Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Prices:    $20 - $75
Bookings: or (02) 9250 7777

Steve Reich in Conversation
  Thursday 26 April, 6.30pm
Venue:    Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House
Prices:   $30 ($20 with purchase to concert)
Bookings: or (02) 9250 7777

Flagship Sydney Youth Orchestra Chamber Music Concerts
   Saturday 28 April, 7.00pm and Sunday 29 April, 2.00pm
Venue:    Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House
Prices:   $25 ($20 with purchase to concert)
Bookings: or (02) 9250 7777


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