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BLEND OF CLASSICS, VISUALS KICKS OFF THE MILLENNIUM


Posted 02/12/99

Chicago Tribune
01/23/99
By Ted Shen. Special to the Tribune.
Page N23 (Zone)

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COMMENTARY
A music reviewer describes a concert where "an irrepressibly rousing stretch of music straight out of the 'Xena' soundtrack" was heard.

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   'Origins" is the theme of the first phase of a citywide, yearlong arts
celebration called Project Millennium. And it informed one of the kick-off
events, a collaborative concert given by CUBE and the MASS Ensemble in Columbia
College's new concert hall Thursday night. Titled "Spirits and Shadows," the
program was an attempt at combining the peculiar talents of these two new-music
collectives -- one, classically trained, the other, visually oriented.

[snip]

   The long bow is the centerpiece of most of MASS' New Age-inspired, multimedia
performances, including the three here. "Solstice" is a minimalist riff
accompanied by images on an overhead monitor of floating clouds and rushing
streams. It's a sincere ripoff of Philip Glass and Stan Brakhage.

   The reference point for "Renaissance" is Michael Nyman's hypnotic film
scores. Drum beats and cello drones garnished this sassy revelry of ersatz
medieval and Gypsy dance tunes. In "Fire," oboist Patricia Morehead and drummer
Brush joined forces with the long-bow duo for an irrepressibly rousing stretch
of music straight out of the "Xena" soundtrack.

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