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New Music. Paul Dresher Electro-Acoustic Band and Amy X Neuburg: They Will Have Been So Beautiful: Songs and Images of Now. December 5 & 6, 2014


New works by Paul Dresher, Lisa Bielawa, Jay Cloidt, Conrad Cummings, Fred Frith, Guillermo Galindo, Carla Kihlstedt, Ken Ueno, Pamela Z,
Amy X Neuburg

Neuburg and Dresher commissioned 10 composers to create songs inspired by Diane Arbus's Guggenheim grant application, American Rites, Manners and Customs. Arbus proposed to photograph everyday people, places, and routines, which to generations of the future "will have been so beautiful." Each composer found or created a photograph or series of images, ranging from intimate self portraits to stark landscapes, that spoke to him or her in this regard, and used the images as inspiration for the music.

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Dec 2014
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Education & Community Event: Artist Talk
Fri, Dec 5, 6–7 pm
Zellerbach Playhouse
Free and open to the public

A conversation with Paul Dresher and Cal Performances' director Matías Tarnopolsky about works created in response to the prompt, "They Will Have Been So Beautiful," inspired by photographer Diane Arbus' project centering on everyday people, places, and routiness.

Major support for public programs provided by Bank of America.

Donor Event: Open Rehearsal with Paul Dresher Ensemble with Amy X
Thu, Dec 4, 11:30 am
Zellerbach Playhouse
(Donors of $450+)

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Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]

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Fri, Dec 5, 8 pm
Sat, Dec 6, 8 pm