After Elvis

After Elvis

11 November 2016
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OpusNovus, the newly renamed Yong Siew Toh Conservatory New Music Ensemble, explores minimalism and the influence of rock 'n' roll in contemporary classical music through a selection of works with roots in the genre set in motion by Elvis Presley.

Inspiring the title of the concert, Michael Daugherty's Dead Elvis is a postmodern, postminimal melange that pays tribute to the King by juxtaposing his songs with a Latin hymn about Judgement Day. Louis Andriessen’s Workers Union makes a politically-charged musical statement in a minimalist, rock-inspired style. YSTCM faculty member Nick Omiccioli ventures into American experimental music with his heavy metal-influenced, improvisational GRINDCORE.

The concert also includes Singapore premieres of Ligeti's classic Ramifications for microtonally-tuned string ensembles and Younghi Pagh-Paan's Tao-inspired U-Mul.

Programme:
NICK OMICCIOLI GRINDCORE (2015)
LOUIS ANDRIESSEN Workers Union (1975)
YOUNGHI PAGH-PAAN U-Mul (Der Brunnen/The Well) (1992)
GYÖRGY LIGETI Ramifications (1968)
MICHAEL DAUGHERTY Dead Elvis (1993)
Chen Zhangyi, Conductor