Terry Riley “In C”

In a special fifteenth year celebration, Chico State’s New Music Symposium is honored to host Terry Riley, one of America’s most brilliant and innovative virtuoso composer/pianists in a program of conversation and cutting-edge music. The event takes place over two days, starting on Thursday, Feb. 28th and ending on Friday, March 1st. Admission is FREE for all events.


Kicking things off on Thursday, Feb. 28th at 7:30 p.m., an all-star ensemble of Chico State students, faculty, and alumni join together with Terry Riley to perform his seminal work from 1964, “In C”. Largely considered one of the most important musical works of the twentieth-century, it’s influence has been heard in the works of prominent composers such as Steve Reich, Philip Glass and John Adams and in the music of rock groups such as The Who, The Soft Machine, Tangerine Dream, Curved Air and many others. The concert will be held on campus in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall.


On Friday, March 1st at 3 p.m. (also in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall), Grammy-award winning pianist Gloria Cheng will join Riley in a casual presentation discussing his piano music and other subjects. The duo will then perform an intimate evening concert at 7:30 p.m. in Zingg Recital Hall, featuring an all-Riley program of piano works including “Cheng Tiger Growl Roar” a new work written for the two to perform on the same piano.


“Terry and Gloria are the dream team of modern piano and composition” said David Dvorin, Department of Music and Theatre faculty member and artistic director of the event. “Friday’s concert will allow the audience a glimpse into Terry’s creative mind over the last fifty years, with Gloria interpreting Terry’s intricate and demanding early piano compositions, followed by Terry’s performance of his more open-ended works that draw upon jazz, classical, and Indian classical music as influences. An amazing retrospective.”


Listed in the London Sunday Times as “one of the 1000 makers of the 20th Century,” Riley’s hypnotic, multi-layered, polymetric, brightly orchestrated eastern flavored improvisations and compositions set the stage for the prevailing interest in a New Tonality.


For more information or to schedule interviews, contact artistic director David Dvorin at 530-898-4848 or ddvorin@csuchico.edu. For photos and more information on Terry Riley, go to his website: http://terryriley.net.


The New Music Symposium, annually honors the late Alfred Loeffler, composer and music professor at Chico State. Sponsors include CSU, Chico’s Associated Students, Department of Music and Theatre and the School of the Arts.


For those who need special seating accommodations, please call 530-898-6333. More information is available online at the School of the Arts website and Facebook page.

Story by David Dvorin, Department of Music and Theatre faculty member

Venue: Rowland-Taylor Hall
400 W 1st St
Chico, CA 95929
Phone: (530) 898 5152
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