Classical Music News for March/April 2007:

LOS ANGELES -- Cello phenomenon Rohan De Saram will appear at Cal Art's Redcat theatre, Friday March 16 at 8.30 pm. Renowned for his consummate technique and rhythmic control, the Sri Lankan-born cellist will open the program with a set of solo pieces; Elliott Carter's Figments I & II, Roger Reynold's Focus, Iannis Xenakis' Kottos, and Luciano Berio's Sequenza XIV, a mesmerizing signature work, written for De Saram, in which the cello serves as both string instrument and drum kit. De Saram, formerly of the Arditti Quartet, then teams up with a foursome including violinist Mark Menzies and cellist Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick for a rare performance of Franz Schubert's String Quintet in C Major, one of the most challenging works ever written for strings.

On April 11, Redcat will present THE CALIFORNIA EAR UNIT PLAYS JULIUS EASTMAN. The high-flying L.A. new-music ensemble will showcase the work of Eastman, an iconoclastic composer, pianist, singer and dancer who died in 1990 at the age of 49. The entire program is devoted to his acclaimed composition Crazy Nigger--a piece of "postminimal ecstasy" performed on four grand pianos. The work takes the device of "additive process to a new structural level in the service of an irresistible political motivation."

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