Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Nothing matches the explosive energy and rhythmic excitement of a skilled percussion ensemble. Tonight, Feb. 22 at 7:30 pm, listeners in western New York will have a rare chance to experience the artistry of the French group Les Percussions de Strasbourg, one of the most venerable new music ensembles of any instrumentation. The 2011/12 season marks the sextet's 50th (!) anniversary; many seminal works in the genre were composed for them, including Xenakis's Pleiades, which forms a centerpiece of tonight's program at Lippes Concert Hall at Slee Hall. Other works being performed tonight include Varèse's classic Ionization. Here's a taste of Les Percussions de Strasbourg in a spatially-oriented score by Gérard Grisey, Tempus ex Machina

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