Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Craig Hultgren at Focal Point
this Sunday, March 25

Cellist Craig Hultgren, who incorporates modern classical music, improvisation, electronics and extended sound-producing techniques into his work, is coming to St. Louis for a solo concert sponsored by New Music Circle at 7:30 p.m. this Sunday, March 25 at the Focal Point, 2720 Sutton in Maplewood. (That's roughly a block south of Manchester.)

Hultgren, who hails from Birmingham, AL, has been a champion of new work for the cello, commissioning and/or premiering more than 50 new new compositions for the instrument over the course of his career. According to NMC's email, "Sunday's program will include works by Mario Davidovsky, William Price, Orlando Jacinto García, Robert Scott Thompson, Mikel Kuehn, and Marc LeMay." The program will also include an improvised work with computer processing and a "video component".

Readers with longish memories may recall that this show was announced last fall as part of New Music Circle's season, but with the location TBA. Today's email from NMC was the first word StLJN has had of it since then - hence, the regrettably tardy nature of our coverage.

Had I been thinking/remembering a little harder when writing yesterday's weekly highlights post, I would have included Hultgren's show. His last St. Louis appearance was in the mid-Nineties when I was administering the NMC concert series, and I found him to be a mensch as well as a very interesting musician. Recommended.

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