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Present-Continuous - Sextet

  • Winthrop University, Barnes Recital Hall 701 Oakland Ave. Rock Hill, SC 29730 USA (map)

Performance of Sextet by Present-Continuous, a new music ensemble based at the University of North Carolina Greesboro, Alejandro Rutty, director.


Although this sextet is not intended to openly convey a specific program, the work itself is inspired by television shows that expose people in the act of committing crimes. The form and materials are developed from imaginary scenes depicting a day in the life of a criminal: running scared (from the police), traveling on the interstate, having nightmares while sleeping (probably in a rundown motel in the middle of nowhere off Old Route 66), looming shadows and hysterical visions, breaking out in cold sweat when someone supposedly comes looking and traveling again at 1:00 a.m. As you would expect, the unfortunate criminal is finally caught in the end.