A modern classical performance at MSU is reviewed:
John Cage, the Zen master of chance music, would have enjoyed the coincidence that happened in East Lansing Thursday night. In a town where avant-garde and new music fans go begging for months without input, two cool things were going on at exactly the same moment.
At Michigan State University’s music building, a modern ensemble called Musique 21 was playing a full slate of new and adventurous music from students and teachers. Across Grand River Avenue, at Scene Metrospace, Nathaniel Bartlett, the master marimba manipulator from Madison, Wis., came to town to do his latest ear-stretching dance with mallets, wood and electrons.