The Music of Glenn Branca Live: Glenn Branca Ensemble/Ambient Orchestra - Free for students

Friday, September 20, 2019 at 8:00pm to 10:30pm

Building W16: Kresge Auditorium
48 MASSACHUSETTS AVE, Cambridge, MA 02139

This concert honors legendary composer Glenn Branca and the continuing work of the Glenn Branca Ensemble to expand what is possible in contemporary music. This is the first concert since Branca's passing last year.

Branca’s 45 years of work as a composer included music for experimental rock bands, large ensemble instrumentals for electric guitars, symphonies for both electric instrumentation and acoustic orchestras, chamber ensembles, an opera, a ballet, choral works, and music for film, dance, theater, and installation art.

His impact is also felt in the influence he had on artists as diverse as Sonic Youth, David Bowie, Swans, and many other composers and sound artists.

The Glenn Branca Ensemble, led by Reg Bloor, concertmaster and Branca’s right hand since 2000, will perform the soon-to-be-released The Third Ascension and Branca’s last composition, “The Light (For David)”. Also on the program will be two of Branca's rarely performed orchestral works, Free Form and the first movement of Symphony No. 14: 2,000,000,000 Light Years from Home, performed by the Ambient Orchestra under the direction of Evan Ziporyn.

This performance is part of the 2019–20 MIT Sounding series, an annual concert series curated by Evan Ziporyn, faculty director of CAST and professor of Music and Theater Arts, and presented by the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) and MIT Music and Theater Arts.


Reg Bloor will also be presenting a Composer Forum on Thursday, September 19
Building 14, Room 14E-109 (Lewis Music Library)

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$20 general public, $5 MIT community, Free for students

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