Newsbits: Antheil in Nashville / Planetarium in Brooklyn / Xenakis in Florida / Vandermark and Gustafsson in Chicago

Picture of the composer, George Antheil

VORTEX Percussion performs George Antheil’s “Ballet mécanique” featuring 8 Robotic Pianos, April 7th at Blair School of Music in Nashville.

The recent Planetarium performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, featuring Sufjan Stevens, is reviewed.

Saturday, March 30 at 8:00 p.m. at the University of Central Florida Reflecting Pond, two percussion sextets by Iannis Xenakis (Persephassa and Peaux from Pléïades), featuring members of the UCF Percussion Ensemble, will take place.

The Chicago Reader reviews the recent ad-hoc duet between Ken Vandermark and Mats Gustafsson.