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Partch Instruments make public outings in May 2015

Submitted by Joanne De Pue on January 26, 2015 - 1:19pm

The surprise announcement in November 2014 that the iconic Harry Partch Instrumentarium would begin a two-year residency at the UW commencing immediately (see story here) has set in motion a variety of plans and ideas about how to incorporate the composer’s inventions into the scholarly and performance activities of UW Music students and faculty.

A pair of public events in May will give the Seattle music community its first upclose glimpse of the instruments in their new environment. Studio visits to Room 5 in the lower level of the Music Building, meanwhile have given students and faculty a sneak peek at a few of the instruments, including the famous Cloud Chamber Bowls, the Diamond Marimba, the Bass Marimba, and the Chromelodian, as well as a chance to meet with newly appointed research associate Charles Corey, curator of the collection. Recent visitors have included students from the UW Composition Program as well as the Percussion studio and professor Tom Collier.  

Mark these dates in May for a closer look at the music and instruments of 20th century composer Harry Partch: 

May 11, 7:30 p.m., Meany Theater: Music of Today: Harry Partch Instruments Presentation
Join us in welcoming research associate Charles Corey, curator of the Harry Partch Instrumentarium. Corey will lead a public talk and demonstration of a few of the instruments in the collection.  This event is FREE and open to the public. 

May 26, 7:30 pm, Meany Studio Theater: Music of Today: The Music of Harry Partch
Music by 20th century composer Harry Partch, performed on instruments from the Harry Partch Instrument Collection. Tickets: $20 ($12 students/seniors). 

Research associate Charles Corey maintains an extensive website related to Harry Partch and his instruments. Information related to the collection's UW residency is available here.