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Caruth Auditorium
Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus
Dallas, Texas 75205

PARISIAN REFRACTION: A Micro-Festival of Recent Masterworks for Soloists and Ensemble

$20 for all patrons

SMU’s SYZYGY is collaborating with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and ensembleNEWSRQ to present PARISIAN REFRACTION, a micro-festival of recent masterworks for soloists and ensemble.

The Parisian Refraction festival culminates in a presentation of two examples of the most ambitious and shattering works of the 20th century. Two titans of musical thought and sonic invention converge on this program, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Pierre Boulez: each changed the course of musical history in their own unique way. This program highlights music for instruments that are exclusively plucked and struck; harp, piano and percussion. Emily Levin, Principal Harp of the Dallas Symphony and SMU faculty, leads a spellbinding account of Freude by Stockhausen (both singing and playing harp), while George Nickson, Principal Percussion of the Dallas Symphony and SMU faculty leads Boulez’ trail-blazing tour de force, Sur Incises, for three harps, three pianists and three percussionists. Amongst the most virtuosic and sonically

ambitious works ever conceived, Sur Incises proves a fitting end to this festival of deep sonic exploration.

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