Thursday, December 8, 7:30
In celebration of the 80th birthday of American composer Steve Reich, INTERFERENCE presents Different Trains. Composed in 1988 for string quartet, the emotionally powerful Different Trains utilizes electronic voice samples of recorded speech as source material for the quartet’s melodic patterns. The speech samples of Different Trains bring to life the story of Reich as a young boy during World War II who made train journeys between New York and Los Angeles to visit his separated parents. Years later, as a composer, he considered the possibility that, as a Jew, had those trips been in Europe instead of the United States, he might have been traveling in trains carrying Holocaust victims.Different Trains, awarded a Grammy in 1989 for Best Contemporary Classical Composition, is made up of three movements:I. America-Before the WarII. Europe-During the WarIII. After the WarDiscover this ambulatory experience, combining new music with the visually stimulating museum environment. This concert features Nancy Jo Snider, cello, Lina Bahn and Janet Sung, violins and David Yang, viola.Free and open to the public.