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Legendary Guitarist Richard Thompson to Perform at Idyllwild Arts Academy


As part of its innovative annual New Music Concerts, the Idyllwild Arts Academy 2012 New Music Concert will feature the legendary singer/songwriter/guitarist Richard Thompson along with the incomparable music of So Percussion and the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra. The concert will take place on Sunday, April 29, at 4:00 p.m. in The Barnsdall Gallery Theatre at 4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles.

Idyllwild, CA, April 06, 2012 --(PR.com)-- As part of its innovative annual New Music Concerts, the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra is pleased to announce the 2012 New Music Concert featuring the legendary singer/songwriter/guitarist Richard Thompson along with the incomparable music of So Percussion.

The concert, which will take place on Sunday, April 29, at 4:00 p.m. in The Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, is a continuation of the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra’s tradition of performing exciting new works in collaboration with world-class soloists and major composers.

The evening’s program features world-premiere selections from Richard Thompson's Interviews with Ghosts, composer Chen Yi's Tone Poem, Idyllwild Arts Music Director Peter Askim's Elsewhere and the world premiere of the orchestral version of John Cage's Credo in US. Also on the program is the West Coast premiere of So Percussion member Jason Treuting's Oblique Music. Rounding out the program will be musician and composer Steve Reich's Music for Pieces of Wood. An additional concert will also precede Sunday afternoon’s performance on Saturday, April 28th at the Idyllwild Arts Campus in Idyllwild, California.

Idyllwild Arts Music Director Peter Askim is enthusiastic about the innovative combination of musicians and pieces being performed at the upcoming concert, remarking, “I'm incredibly excited about the diversity of music on this program and the amazing level of world class soloists and composers participating. Any one of these soloists or composers on a concert would be fantastic, and to have all at once is a musical dream come true."

Music legend guitarist, composer, and songwriter Richard Thompson will perform a selection of songs from his work in progress, "Interviews With Ghosts". Thompson, rated by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the Top 100 Guitarists of All Time, is known for pushing the creative envelope by combining classical music with folk-rock and orchestral music. Thompson, who made his debut as a recording artist as a member of Fairport Convention in 1967, continues to write, record, and perform worldwide.

Chinese composer Chen Yi was commissioned by the IAAO to write an original work, Tone Poem, which will receive its World Premiere at the concert. Yi is a prolific composer whose music transcends cultural and musical boundaries by creating a blend of tones that appeal to a wide range of audiences.

Idyllwild Arts Academy Music Director Peter Askim’s piece, "Elsewhere", will be making its debut. As a composer, Dr. Askim has been called a “Modern Master” and has had commissions and performances with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Honolulu Symphony, the International Society of Bassists, the Yale Symphony Orchestra and the Idyllwild Arts Orchestra, among others.

Jason Treuting, a composer and musician of So Percussion will be performing an original piece, "Oblique Music for 4 Plus (blank)" in its West Coast premiere.

So Percussion is currently the Ensemble-in-Residence at Princeton University. According to Askim, So Percussion is “the hottest, hippest group of young virtuoso hotshots in the world today. Whether they are playing drums, amplified cactus or plastic bags, they create an irresistible groove out of the most complex music of our time.”

Along with So Percussion, the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra will perform the world premiere of the orchestral version of version of John Cage: Credo in US. For those unfamiliar with this legendary and progressive work, John Cage: Credo in US was written by John Cage in 1942 and was the first piece to make use of live radio or pre-selected recordings, producing performances in which no two are alike.

Tickets for this extraordinary event are available online at www.itsmyseat.com/IAF at presale rates of $10 for students and $20 for adults. Tickets will also be available at the door for $15 and $25 respectively.

The concert, which is also a fundraiser for the William M. Lowman Concert Hall Building Fund, Patron and Benefactor tickets are also available:

Patron: $150 which includes a $105 tax-deductible donation, reserved priority seating, recognition in the program and Concert Hall Honor Roll of Donors.

Benefactor: $250 which includes a $230 tax-deductible donation, reserved priority seating, recognition in the program and Concert Hall Honor Roll of Donors, plus invitation to a private dinner with Richard Thompson, So Percussion, Peter Askim, Idyllwild Arts president Brian D. Cohen and concert sponsors.

Idyllwild Arts Academy is a fully-accredited, college-preparatory academics and pre-professional arts training boarding school that hosts approximately 300 students from the United States and around the world. Idyllwild Arts Academy is located at 52500 Temecula Drive, Idyllwild, CA 92549. For more information, call 951.659.2171 or visit the website at www.idyllwildarts.org.

The Idyllwild Arts Foundation, which supports the Academy, was founded in 1946 by Dr. Max Krone and his wife, Beatrice, to fulfill their dream of “creating a remote place where people of all backgrounds could come together to experience the arts”.
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