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Trio Ligatura: Beyond the Black Dots and Companion Guide to Rome

Friday, May 19, 2017 at 3:00pm to 9:30pm

Birenbaum Innovation and Performance Space 10 E. College St., Oberlin, Ohio 44074

This is a video installation of "Beyond the Black Dots: Expanding the Interpretive Process" and a performance of Andrew Norman's Companion Guide to Rome for string trio feauring Trio Ligatura.

Audio/Video footage plays on a half-hour loop beginning at 3pm.

Live performances of the piece will occur at 4pm and 8pm. 

Bar will open to the public at 1pm .

How do we stay inspired as musicians? Can we trace and continue a cycle of inspiration across art forms? These questions are at the heart of Trio Ligatura's "Beyond the Black Dots: Expanding the Interpretive Process," which combines fragments of their recording of Andrew Norman's Companion Guide to Rome with audio-visual footage of nine Roman churches that inspired the piece. Funding for this project was generously provided by the Oberlin XARTS grant. For more information about the project, visit the Conservatory Tumblr site.

Composer Andrew Norman, a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize, wrote his Companion Guide to Rome (2010), as an architectural tour in music. The set of miniatures for string trio was conceived and written about nine different churches in Rome that Norman visited after receiving the 2010 Prix de Rome.


Trio Ligatura
Dana Johnson ’17, violin; Corey Worley ’18, viola; Aaron Wolff ’17, cello

Trio Ligatura, a string trio based at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, has been playing together for three years. They have performed in Cleveland, Chicago, Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Washington, DC. As members of student-run contemporary collective Semble N, our trio was borne out of a shared excitement about new music and what it means to be a young classical musician in the 21st century. 

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