Gyorgy Ligeti Series Coming to the University of Chicago

Source: Chicago Tribune.

Arditti Quartet. The ensemble intersperses Ligeti’s pathbreaking String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 with Bartok’s Third and Fourth quartets, which greatly influenced his works in that genre. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. A discussion with Arditti Quartet members will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St.; free, but reservations are suggested.

— Imani Winds, Ensemble Dal Niente, Doyle Armbrust, Winston Choi, Kuang-Hao Huang. The artists and ensembles survey Ligeti’s chamber output, including Viola Sonata, Horn Trio, Bagatelles and Pieces for two pianos. Nov. 10, Logan Center.

Eighth Blackbird and Amadinda. Arrangements of several Ligeti pieces by Eighth Blackbird share the program with a North American premiere by the composer’s son Lukas Ligeti and other ensemble works by Steve Reich and Aurel Hollo. Feb. 2, Logan Center.

— Third Coast Percussion and Rachel Calloway. Three Ligeti scores — including “Poeme Symphonique” and an arrangement of his solo-harpsichord piece “Continuum” — are presented along with a piece by Christopher Cerrone. Feb. 16, Logan Center.

— “Ligeti in Context: The Witch’s Kitchen.” A new sound installation by U. of C. electronics studio director Sam Pluta reimagines the heady atmosphere of the Studio for Electronic Music at West German Radio (WDR) in Cologne, Germany, where Ligeti, Stockhausen and other Young Turks of modernism gathered in the 1950s and ’60s to create compositions out of synthesized sounds. March 5-8, Logan Center.

— Pierre-Laurent Aimard. The formidable French pianist pairs Ligeti’s dazzling solo piano Etudes with Beethoven’s towering “Hammerklavier” Sonata. March 6, Logan Center.

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