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MUSICON 5 – 20th Century Music 1: The 1960s

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10 February 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Music Department
Palace Green, Durham. DH1 3RL

Lore Lixenberg (mezzo-soprano) and Ives Ensemble present repertoire from the 1960s.

Luigi NonoLa Fabbrica Illuminata

Oliver LeithThree Pamphlets on not Staring at the Sun (world premiere)

Michael Von VielString Quartet No. 2

Wojciech KilarTraining 68

The first concert in our festival brings us back to the 60s, when unbridled experimentation, idealism, and optimism coloured the societal, political, and musical landscape. Our programme explores the zeitgeist of the decade through all of these dimensions. On the more experimental side of things, Von Biel shows us how to make a string quartet sound as different to the traditional voice of this ensemble as can possible imagines, while Kilar presents us with a training programme for both composer and performers, making “music out of something that has hitherto been considered incapable of carrying the form”. Luigi Nono, on the other hand, takes a more politicised approach in his piece, making a transcendental work of musical poetry based on the foundation of class struggle. To mirror this, Oliver Leith’s brand new piece subtly politicises our contemporary thinking, using texts taken from one of our most widely-read newspapers.

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Doors Open: 3:30pm
Ticket Prices: Standard £7, Student £2.50, Under 18 Free
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10 February
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free – £7
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Music Department
Palace Green, Durham. DH1 3RL