So Percussion will wake up the regional music scene with a series of free concerts of contemporary and innovative music in a variety of Princeton area venues. Events run from Sunday, July 10, through Sunday, July 24.
The internationally connected group with a name derived partly from the Japanese for “to play music” has been a part of the Princeton landscape for nearly a decade with its annual two-week So Percussion Summer Institute (SoSI) — now celebrating its ninth year — and as Princeton University performers-in-residence.
The four-member group, composed of Eric Cha-Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, and Jason Treuting, will also celebrate its 15th anniversary by featuring performances of So commissions by contemporary composers. That includes works by Princeton University composers Paul Lansky, Steve Mackey, and Dan Trueman; Pulitzer Prize winners Steve Reich and David Lang; Turkish-born New York composer Cenk Ergun; and American innovator Bryce Dessner. Nearly 40 musicians participating in the summer institute will also be performing.
The following schedule of events is free and all ages are welcome.
Sunday, July 10, 7 p.m.: So Percussion Opening Concert, “Music for Wood and Strings” by Bryce Dessner. Matthews Theater, Lewis Center, 185 Nassau Street, Princeton.
Tuesday, July 12, 8 p.m.: Duomo Concert, Matthews Theater, Lewis Center, 185 Nassau Street, featuring “Three Poems for Two Percussionists” by Nathan Jones; “Songs from the Infinite Plane,” by Brett Dietz; “Double Brim,” Quinn Collins; “Settle,” Sarah Hennies” and “Glow,” Dave Molk.
Thursday, July 14, 7:30 p.m.: SoSI at Small World Coffee, 14 Witherspoon Street, Works by SoSI student composers.
Sunday, July 17, 8 p.m.: Princeton Composers Concert, Matthews Theater, Lewis Center, 185 Nassau Street, world premieres by Princeton graduate student composers.
Monday, July 18, 7 p.m.: SoSI at the Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, performing “In C” by influential American composer Terry Riley.
Tuesday, July 19, 7:30 p.m.: SoSI Outdoors at the Albert Hinds Plaza, at Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street.
Thursday, July 21, 1 p.m.: SoSI at the Princeton Record Exchange, 20 South Tulane Street, off Nassau Street.
Friday, July 22, 8 p.m.: Open Composer Readings, Matthews Theater, Lewis Center, 185 Nassau Street, readings by So Percussion of new works by SoSI student composers.
Saturday July 23, 7 p.m.: Summer Institute Closing Concert, Matthews Theater, Lewis Center, 185 Nassau Street, with “the so-called laws of nature, part 2,” by David Lang; “Threads” (excerpt), Paul Lansky; “It is Time” (excerpt), Steve Mackey; “Neither Anvil nor Pulley”(excerpt), Dan Trueman; “Mallet Quartet,” Steve Reich”; and “Music for Wood and Strings,” Bryce Dessner.
So Percussion will also be heard at Lincoln Center for several performances including “Reich/Reverberations,” featuring the music of major American composer Steven Reich, July 16 through 21, and with “So Percussion Triology,” featuring music by Reich, Dessner, Lang, Ergun, Trueman, Lansky, Mackey, and modern masters Iannis Xenakis and John Cage, July 28 through 30.
For more information, visit www.sopercussion.com/education/summer-institute.