It was performed memorably at the BBC Proms in 2014, and is both hypnotically repetitive, and constantly on the move, a complex mesh of colours and textures. Written in 1976, it is a modern classic, and every live performance is an event. As part of the celebrations marking the composer’s 80th birthday, Music for 18 Musicians is performed by the Colin Currie Group and Synergy Vocals at the Royal Festival Hall.
The virtuoso percussionist Colin Currie was the dedicatee of the other work in the programme, Reich’s graceful and intimate Quartet for two vibraphones and two pianos, which received its world premiere at the Royal Festival Hall in 2014, and which is played again on this occasion. Whether you are already addicted to the rhythmic, kaleidoscopic sound world of Reich, or ready to try him for size, these two works fit the bill.
|What||Steve Reich at 80, Royal Festival Hall|
|Where||Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
On 24 May 16, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
|Price||£12 - £35|
|Website||Click here for information and booking|