Join us for BEAT, a programme developed by Orchestra VOX, that chases the development of hypnotic rhythm in classical music in the 20th and 21st century.
  • Date 27 April 2023 - 7.30 p.m. - 27 April 2023 - 9.00 p.m.
  • Location Auditorium

The programme begins with one of the founders of Minimalism, Philip Glass. In his 3-minute piece ‘A Gentleman’s Honour’, all of his signature techniques immediately arrest attention. In such a short time, the audience already finds itself captivated by the driving and relentless – yet playful – rhythm, the hallmark of his style.

Next, you’ll hear Caroline Shaw’s Entr’acte. Written in 2011, this is an entirely different take on rhythm: first embodying the rhythms of the classical past, and then distorting them into a more modern feeling that almost evokes hip-hop.

Finally, we conclude with Steve Reich’s The Daniel Variations. Written in 2006, it is scored for large ensemble and four singers. The first and third movements quote verses from the biblical book of Daniel, while the second and fourth movements use the words of Daniel Pearl, a Jewish American reporter who was kidnapped and murdered by Islamic fundamentalists in Pakistan in 2002. Its all-engrossing rhythmic drive, however, is what lures the audience into the stories of these two Daniels, separated by millennia.

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