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2009–10 Mills Music Now and Songlines 

Presented by the Mills College Music Department and the Center for Contemporary Music

Mills Music Now
All concerts will be held in the Littlefield Concert Hall
Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at
http://www.boxofficetickets.com
Concert Line: 510.430.2296

Friday, October 2, 8:00 pm
THE DARIUS MILHAUD CONCERT
Stravinsky's immortal Soldier's Tale narrated by Carla Kihlstedt, with two rarely heard Milhaud masterpieces.
Darius Milhaud: La Mort d'un Tyran for voices, percussion, piccolo, tuba, and clarinet (1933)
Darius Milhaud: Second Concerto for Two Pianos and Percussion (1961)
Igor Stravinsky: L'histoire du soldat (1918)
With Carla Kihlstedt, William Winant, Robert Schwartz, Kristin Pankonin, Jennifer Curtis, and Mills musicians and chorus
Conducted by Nicole Paiement
Free admission

Saturday, October 10, 8:00 pm
NICK DIDKOVSKY, KRYS BOBROWSKI, CHERYL E. LEONARD

Breathtaking work located at the intersection of the natural world and new technologies.
Nick Didkovsky performs new solo works for prepared electric guitar, electronics, and software. Krys Bobrowsky's works feature everyday objects and invented instruments made from natural materials. Cheryl E. Leonard premieres new compositions for amplified natural objects and field recordings from Antarctica.
$15 general, $10 seniors and non-Mills students

Thursday, October 15, 8:00 pm
IVA BITTOVÁ

"The souls of a gypsy, the voice of a troubadour, and the mind of a genius."
"...an innovative artist who shows how even one small body can transform a world of noise into stunning music." –Los Angeles Times
$15 general, $10 seniors and non-Mills students

Friday, October 30, 8:00 pm
MILLS PERFORMING GROUP: Don't Shoot the Pianist!

Morton Feldman: Piece for Four Pianos (1957)
Fred Frith: Impur (for twenty plus pianos) (2009 version)
Jose Maceda: Sujeichon (for four pianos) (2002)
Meredith Monk: Ellis Island (1981), Folkdance (1996), and Phantom Waltz (1989)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata for Two Pianos, K. 448(1781)
Steve Reich: Piano Phase (for two pianos) (1967)
With Belle Bulwinkle, Chris Brown, Robert Schwartz, Regina Schaffer, and many others
$15 general, $10 seniors and non-Mills students

Saturday, November 7, 8:00 pm
BOBI CÉSPEDES

Staying connected, passing it on—the acclaimed singer, dancer, percussionist and teacher performs infectious Afro-Cuban music with Marco Diaz, piano; Saul Sierra, bass; Julio Perez, bongo and timbales; Sandy Perez, conga and bata; Jose Roberto Hernandez, guitar.
$15 general, $10 seniors and non-Mills students

Friday, November 13, 8:00 pm
CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY MUSIC COMPOSERS WITH
SPECIAL GUEST STEPHEN VITIELLO

Photocells, field recordings, forgotten loops, coincidences, burned out light bulbs, and polyrhythms in quadraphonic space—brave new worlds of music and sound.
Stephen Vitiello, whose work has been presented at Tate Modern in London and the Whitney Museum in New York, transforms incidental atmospheric noises into mesmerizing soundscapes that alter our perception of the environment. He shares this evening with new works from CCM composers John Bischoff, Chris Brown, James Fei, Maggi Payne, and Les Stuck.
$15 general, $10 seniors and non-Mills students

Sunday, January 24, 4:00 pm
IMOGEN COOPER PLAYS SCHUBERT

(Dewing Recital)
Virtuosity and poetic poise from a pianist who has established a reputation as one of the finest interpreters of the classical repertoire: "It's rare to hear a performance of such musical beauty imbued with such a powerful ethical force." Daily Telegraph
Sonata in C minor op.posth.D958
Sonata in A major op.posth.D959
Sonata in B flat major op.posth.D960
$15 general, $10 seniors and non-Mills students

Saturday, February 6, 8:00 pm
BOB OSTERTAG

(David Tudor Composer-in-Residence)
Renowned activist and sampling pioneer, composer/improviser Bob Ostertag presents original works and collaborations with Mills students.
$15 general, $10 seniors and non-Mills students

Monday, February 15, 8:00 pm
VIKTORIA MULLOVA PLAYS BACH

By popular demand, the celebrated virtuoso violinist returns to Mills to perform the pieces she didn't play last time! "In everything she plays, Mullova's sense of an ongoing musical line is immaculate and totally unselfconscious...the authority of her performances is never in doubt." The Guardian
Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006
Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
$15 general, $10 seniors and non-Mills students

Saturday, February 20, 8:00 pm
JULIA WOLFE

(Jean Macduff Vaux Composer-in-Residence)
With a care and attention to detail that is both masterful and highly respectful, Wolfe's music celebrates the extraordinary qualities contained within something as specific as a gesture or an inflection.
Dark Full Ride (for four drumsets) 2002
And other works to be determined.
$15 general, $10 seniors and non-Mills students

Saturday, February 27, 8:00 pm
MILLS PERFORMING GROUP II

Following their superb performance in 2008, the Eclipse Quartet returns to Mills to join the Mills Performing Group for another adventurous evening of contemporary music.
"A ferociously good quartet" (SF Classical Voice)
Morton Subotnick: Fluttering of Wings (for string quartet and electronics) (1981)
Zeena Parkins: new work for string quartet and percussion
Luciano Berio: Folk Songs (1964, commissioned by Mills College)
Steed Cowart: Muscadines (2009) for cello and marimba
Steve Reich: Marimba Phase (1967)
–with the Eclipse Quartet, Morton Subotnick, William Winant, Joan Jeanrenaud, others.
$15 general, $10 seniors and non-Mills students

Thursday–Sunday, March 11–14, various times/locations
SIGNAL FLOW

A festival of music from current graduate students
Free admission

Saturday, April 3, 8:00 pm
LORE OF MOMENTS

Improvised music from composer/pianist/producer Wayne Horvitz and legendary French-Vietnamese percussionist Lê Quan Ninh, with Mills faculty members Chris Brown, James Fei, Fred Frith, Roscoe Mitchell, and Beth Custer, and special guest Kanoko Nishi.
$15 general, $10 seniors and non-Mills students

Thursday, April 9–Friday, April 10, 8:00 pm
X SOUND FESTIVAL

A festival of works by current Mills seniors
Free admission

Songlines

Symposia on sound, nature, technology, and performance.
Free admission to all events.

Monday, October 19, 7:30 pm, Ensemble Room
THERESA WONG

Local composer/cellist Theresa Wong will perform a short set of songs for voice and cello as well as discuss her work on a site specific improvised opera, O Sleep.
Ensemble Room

Monday, November 2 , 7:30 pm, Ensemble Room
THOLLEM MCDONAS

Thollem McDonas (pianist/comproviser) creates eclectic music that's ferocious and meditative, poetic and athletic, revolutionary and spiritual, melodic and abstract, to shake people awake, starting with himself.
Ensemble Room

Monday, November 9, Littlefield Concert Hall
SF TAPE MUSIC COLLECTIVE

6:00–7:00 pm—student works
7:30 pm—main concert
The local tape music activists present an evening of multi-channel works by members of the collective as well as a European "acousmatic" piece and a classic tape piece. A pre-concert presentation at 6:00 pm features new works by Mills undergrads.
Littlefield Concert Hall

Monday, February 8, 7:30 pm, Ensemble Room
DOBROMILA JASKOT – CANCELLED –
Visiting Polish composer Dobromila Jaskot talks about her CCM residency project and discusses the influence of intercultural vocal expression on her use of live electronics.

Monday, February 22, 7:30 pm, Ensemble Room
MYRMYR
The multi-instrumental duo of Agnes Szelag and Marielle Jakobsons uses graphic scores, improvisation, and live electronics to perform an evening of songs often inspired by their common Baltic heritage.

Monday, March 15, 7:30 pm, Ensemble Room
DUO PANTOMORF
Mapping every gesture to sound in a new way, the Swedish duo of Per Anders Nilsson and Palle Dahlstedt perform an evening of electronic free improvisation.

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Past Concerts
Active Listening (69k, pdf)
Music for Spring (363k, pdf)
Music for Fall (449k, pdf)
Spring '05 Series (637k, pdf)
Fall '04 Series (506k, pdf)


Contact Information
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F: 510.430.3228
E: music@mills.edu

Last Updated: 12/13/13