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Mobtown Modern

The Contemporary Museum’s contemporary composition concert series has been around for a few years now, but its 2009-’10 and just-beginning 2010-’11 seasons make clear that it means serious business in a refreshingly non-serious way. That is, Mobtown curator Brian Sacawa has made a mission out of presenting solid performances of music by mid-century avant-garde titans such as Stockhausen and Scelsi in the same informal fashion and beer-in-hand context as any local jazz or indie set, while at the same time mixing in a lively line-up of emerging composers and performers that belies the notion of new music as museum piece. Nothing is off limits, from John Zorn’s impish directed-improv piece Cobra to local composer Will Redman’s challenging unconventional scores to the area premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s acclaimed song cycle Ayre to a jazz arrangement of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. In short, Mobtown showcases contemporary music as diverse, engaging, interesting, and fun—because it is.

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