Program Book 2000-2001 page 14
Concert II: Dance! Program Notes

Music plays on our emotions. While we humans get ninety percent of our information from visual stimuli, music has the unique ability to move us by use of sound alone. Often the most enjoyable way to experience a concert is with the eyes closed and the imagination fully engaged. With this thought, we present a program tonight to be danced to, either on stage or in the mind's eye. While Bach may not have been thinking of dancers when he wrote the Prelude and Fugue, it certainly suggested movement to the Buffalo Contemporary Dance ensemble. Terry Riley's Chanting the Light of Foresight is based on an epic story and begs for the mind's choreography. Both Eubie Blake and Astor Piazzolla were masters at writing in dance forms. Blake's ragtime helped cause social revolutions and Piazzolla's tangos rank among the most steamy and evocative dance pieces in existence. Enjoy, and please remember to do stretching exercises before and after the concert.

Born in 1935 in Northern California, TERRY RILEY launched what is now known as the Minimalist movement with his revolutionary classic In C in 1964. This seminal work provided the conception for a form comprised of interlocking repetitive patterns that was to change the course of 20th century music. In the 1960's and 1970's he turned his attention to solo works for electronic keyboards and soprano saxophone, and pioneered the use of various kinds of tape delay in live performance. These hypnotic, multi-layered, polymetric, brightly-orchestrated, eastern-flavored improvisations set the stage for the New Age movement that was to appear a decade or so later. Riley's solo keyboard and piano concerts have become legendary due to his unique blending of eastern and western styles and the unusual all-night solo concerts he gave in the 1960's. He was listed in the London Sunday Times as one of the 1000 Makers of the 20th Century.

The Cattle Raid of Cooley is a central part of the eighth-century Ulster cycle of heroic tales and is Ireland's nearest approach to a great epic. It tells the story of a giant cattle-raid, the invasion of Ulster by the armies of Medb and Ailill, queen and king of Connacht, and their allies, seeking to carry off the great Brown Bull of Cuailnge (Cooley). Chanting the Light of

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