Bent Duo to perform at Orange Hall

Concert highlights 20th-century legends of chamber music, master class also offered


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  • David Friend




  • Bill Solomon



— Bent Duo, a two-man ensemble that explores chamber music for piano and percussion, will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11, at the William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall, SUNY Orange, Middletown.

Performers Bill Solomon and David Friend join forces to present contemporary classics, work with emerging composers on new works, and investigate new ways of presenting chamber music.

The program features legends of the 20th century, including Steve Reich, Henry Cowell, and Arvo Pärt; up-and-coming young composers from the USA and abroad, Hannah Lash, Ted Hearne, Mayke Nas, and Scott Wollschleger; and a new arrangement of piano music by SUNY Orange music professor Chris Parker.

All tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the box office the day of the performance beginning one hour before the show or online anytime at sunyorange.edu. Free student admission is available only at the box office.

In addition, Solomon and Friend will give a master class on Friday, Feb. 9, starting at 11 a.m .in Orange Hall Room 23. Titled "Bent Duo: Music Outside the Box," the class is free and open to the public.

Based in New York City, Solomon and Friend are known for their performances of contemporary repertoire. They are also an interesting reflection of each other. Solomon is a percussionist who studied the piano, while Friend is a pianist who studied percussion.

For more information call 341-4891 or email cultural@sunyorange.edu.

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