Sheldon Concert Hall

The Rileys
Featuring Terry Riley and Gyan Riley
Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 – 7:30 pm
Sheldon Concert Hall
3648 Washington Blvd
Tickets: $30 (orchestra), $25 (balcony), $15 (students)

HEARding Cats Collective is thrilled to kick off our 2012-13 season with a rare St. Louis appearance of The Rileys – featuring legendary American contemporary composer/pianist/vocalist Terry Riley in a duo concert with his son, guitarist Gyan Riley!  The Rileys’ concert is co-presented in

Terry Riley – image by smcwebdesign

conjunction with the Sheldon.  Tickets go on sale August 11, range from $15 – $30 and can be purchased online via Metrotix or at 314-534-11.  We’re letting you know now, folks – so you can get your tickets – and don’t have to tell you later, “You should have been there.”

Terry Riley’s impact on music over the last 50 years has influenced artists ranging from classical composer Philip Glass to the rock group The Who.  The London Sunday Times listed Riley as “one of the 1000 makers of the 20th Century.”  His breakthrough work, IN C, premiered in 1964 and helped launch Minimalism in contemporary music by exploring new musical forms based on interlocking repetitive patterns.  Riley also developed an interest in north Indian music especially – which influenced his explorations in tonality and improvisation.  Over the years, his commissions and collaborations have been numerous, including world premiers at Carnegie Hall.  Riley has had longstanding relationships with La Monte Young, North Indian

Gyan Riley – photo by Nicole Edmison

Raga vocalist Pandit Pran Nath, and David Harrington (Kronos Quartet – for whom Riley has written numerous works), among many others.

Guitarist Gyan Riley was the first full-scholarship graduate guitar student at the San Francisco Conservatory. He then spent 15 years touring as a classical guitar soloist and in various ensembles, including performances with Zakir Hussain, Michael Manring, and the San Francisco Symphony.  Riley has completed various compositional projects, including those commissioned by the Carnegie Hall Corporation, the American Composers Forum, and the New York Guitar Festival. As a teacher, Riley has served on the faculties of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, California State University Sacramento, California State University East Bay, and Humboldt State University.  Recent performance highlights include Carnegie Hall, London’s Barbican Theatre, the All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival, the Big Ears Festival, Moogfest, and soloing with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra at The Kimmel Center.  Over the years, Riley has performed throughout Europe, Canada, Latin America and the US, both as a soloist and in various ensembles.  Riley’s diverse work now focuses on his own compositions, improvisation, and contemporary classical repertoire.

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60×60 Dance
Underwritten by Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation

Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010 – 7:30 pm

Sheldon Concert Hall

3648 Washington Blvd.


We’re just one week away!  Get your tickets today!


HEARding Cats Collective is proud to bring the 2010 mix of 60×60 Dance to

Native St. Louisan Hettie Barnhill (currently in Broadway’s “Fela”)

St. Louis!  With financial underwriting provided by the generosity of the Fox

Performing Arts Charitable Foundation, HEARding Cats will present 60×60 Dance at the Sheldon Concert Hall during the American Arts Experience festival.  The event will also be broadcast live on HEC-TV Presents: 60×60 Dance Live!

Created by New York-based composer and new music impresario Robert Voisey, 60×60 Dance, is a masterfully coordinated multimedia collaboration that features a wide diversity of aesthetics.  The work pairs 60 unique 60-second music compositions—each by a different composer—with 60 St. Louis choreographers for a continuous one-hour concert of music and live dance.

Philip Edgecomb – photo by Eileen Ryan

Each year the music and dance are new.  For the 2010 mix, Voisey received more than 600 one-minute musical submissions from national and international composers, which he then narrowed to 60, 60-second pieces to form the one-hour recording.  Because St. Louis choreographers and dancers are given artistic power to create their own expression for their assigned 60-second piece, the production is different every time it’s produced in different cities around the world.  After a recent performance in London in July of 2010, Voisey has now been invited to create 60×60 Dance in Toronto and Amsterdam.

60×60 Dance will showcase the finest dancers and choreographers in St. Louis for an opportunity to create an evening of magical abstract expression.  Budding choreographers and dancers will be exposed to the sophisticated patrons of the American Arts Experience in the perfect acoustics of the Sheldon Concert Hall.  In the past, the 60-second “musical haikus” have

aTrek – photo by Lindsay Kelly Stewart

ranged from avant-garde sampled/re-mixed found sounds, to smooth jazz.  In

performance, this wide musical variety results in a mixture of dance pieces that involve individuals as well as groups in very traditional, but also futuristic, creative dance techniques.

The October 2010 production will feature entirely new music compositions and dance creations.  To date, in

Ashleyliane Dance Company photo by Ken Stilson

addition to many individuals, participating organizations include: Midwest Dance Theater, First Dance Saint Louis, Kari James Dance Network, Stardance, Inc., aTrek Dance Collective, Ashleyliane Dance Company, Los Flamencos, You Are Here Dance, ANNONYArts, The Slaughter Project, Alexandra Ballet, Ballet Initiative, Final Veil, Dances of India, Consuming Kinetics Dance Company, and Serendipity Dance Project.

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