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Third Coast Percussion 

When: Thu., May 23, 8 p.m. 2013
Price: $20
Chicago’s superb Third Coast Percussion, recently named ensemble in residence at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, concludes its concert season with one of its most eclectic, melodic, and forward-looking programs. The centerpiece of the evening is Dmitri Tymoczko’s Röckdöts, whose high-energy, high-volume collision of tuned percussion, piano, and clattery kit drumming borrows the feel of complicated prog rock. Nico Muhly’s gorgeous Pillaging Music, a billowing miniature for piano and tuned percussion, owes a small debt to Steve Reich in terms of timbre, but its fractally blossoming florets of melody carve out their own aesthetic space. Also on the program are Alexandre Lunsqui’s Shi, a workout for scraped, scratched, and frantically rubbed whiskey bottles, grill grates, and chopsticks; new commissions for Chicago composers Ryan Ingebritsen and Marc Mellits; and Mark Applebaum’s Wristwatch Geology, the score of which is inscribed on four wristwatches worn by the four members of the ensemble. —Peter Margasak

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