Whitney Museum Hosts Steve Reich Birthday Marathon on October 15

Classic Arts News   Whitney Museum Hosts Steve Reich Birthday Marathon on October 15
The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York is among the many venues worldwide offering a 70th birthday tribute to American composer Steve Reich.

On October 15 the museum will host a free, 4-hour marathon of seminal Reich works, performed by Alarm Will Sound, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, So Percussion and Tactus. The concert will feature pieces premiered at the Whitney in the 1960s and 1970s, such as Pendulum Music, as well as Proverb, Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ, Four Organs, Pendulum Music and Clapping Music. Flutist Ransom Wilson will perform Vermont Counterpoint, which was written for him.

From October 4-15, the documentary digital video opera Three Tales, with visuals by video artist Beryl Korot and soundtrack by Reich, will be shown in the Whitney's Kaufman Astoria Studios Film and Video Gallery. The sound and video work examines three historic events: the 1937 Hindenburg crash, the nuclear bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in 1949 and the cloning of sheep "Dolly" in 1997.

Reich first appeared at the Whitney as part of the "Anti-Illusion" show in the spring of 1969. The exhibition included work by Carl Andr_, Lynda Benglis, Eva Hesse, Richard Serra and Richard Tuttle, as well as performances which the show's curator, Marcia Tucker, named "extended-time pieces," by Reich, Bruce Nauman and Philip Glass.

Reich returned to the Whitney in 1978 and again in 1981 as part of the avant-garde series "Composer's Showcase," which was launched at the museum in 1968.

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