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19th Annual Concert for Peace: A Centennial Celebration of Lou Harrison

  • Merit School of Music 38 South Peoria Street Chicago, IL, 60607 United States (map)

In celebration of the holiday season, Fulcrum Point New Music Project will partner with the Chicago Balinese Gamelan to honor American iconoclast composer, Lou Harrison and perform his most beloved works. Composer, environmentalist and gay activist, Lou Harrison (1917 – 2003) is best known for blazing new paths in music by invigorating the Western canon with musical influences from all over the world, creating his own musical instruments, and experimenting with microtones. With superb craftsmanship he combined a reverence for world cultures, a passionate belief in social equity and a love of melody and beauty in all its forms, to create his own musical revolution. Harrison was heavily influenced by gamelan music; The orchestra of gongs, metallophones, drums and bamboo flutes that make up Indonesian gamelan music has inspired and influenced composers worldwide for its stunning sounds and vivacious rhythms. Gamelan music is used in Bali, Indonesia as a method of religious worship, celebration and offering to the many Balinese Hindu gods and goddesses. In addition to the gamelan music, the concert will include a performance of traditional Balinese dance.