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“In C”


May 28, 2014,  8 PM

Café Istanbul, New Orleans Healing Center

2372 St. Claude Avenue

Faubourg Marigny


Admission $15


Bach: Cello Suite No. 3  in C major, BWV 1009, Prelude

Haydn: Op. 20 no. 2

Terry Riley: In C

Mozart: Viola Quintet in C major, K. 515


As Terry Riley’s iconic In C celebrates 50 years, the Birdfoot Festival asks what it means to spend an evening “In C”. Credited with launching musical minimalism when it was written in 1964, Riley’s In C was based on his interest in improvisation and the repetitive structuctures of North African music. As the performers (of unspecified number) make their way through the piece’s 53 modular phrases, the music unfolds in surprisingly complex, even psychedelic patterns. Birdfoot pairs this freewheeling child of the ’60s with other masterpieces: Bach’s Prelude from the Cello Suite No. 3, Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 20 no. 2, and Mozart’s Viola Quintet, K. 515 — all in C, of course!


Join the Birdfoot Festival artists at the bar following the concert