Philemon and Baukis by Lou Harrison

Sumunar, joined by guest violinist Stephanie Arado, performed music by Lou Harrison at a concert on February 24, 2013 at the MacPhail Center for Music. Harrison, who was a student of Arnold Schoenberg and a friend and collaborator with John Cage, Charles Ives, Alan Hovhaness, and Virgil Thomson, was at the forefront of experimental music in America in the 1930s and 40s. He built and maintained several sets of gamelan instruments for the colleges at which he taught during a long career, and he incorporated gamelan instruments, rhythm, and tuning in many of his compositions. He’s considered by some to be the father of gamelan music in America. Here’s a lovely piece by Harrison based on Ovid’s tale “Philemon and Baukis” from our concert.

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