North Central College - Naperville, IL

College celebrates Sounds of New Music Festival April 11-12

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Bang on a Can All-Stars, photo by Pascal Perich/Julien Jourdes
Bang on a Can All-Stars, photo by Pascal Perich/Julien Jourdes

North Central College celebrates contemporary classical music during its second annual Sounds of New Music Festival April 11-12. The two-day festival will feature performances by the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo and Bang on a Can All-Stars.

The Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo performs Wednesday, April 11, and Bang on a Can All-Stars perform Thursday, April 12. Both performances begin at 8 p.m. in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets for each performance are $5/adults, $3/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

The Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo will perform works by John Cage and György Kurtág, among others. Bang on a Can All-Stars will perform works by Brian Eno, Conlon Nancarrow, Michael Gordon, David Longstreth, Thurston Moore and Evan Ziporyn, a Chicago-native and Bang on a Can clarinetist.

The Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo (photo, left) composed of Helena Bugallo and Amy Williams was formed in 1995, and the two have been recording and performing contemporary music across the United States and Europe ever since. Their repertoire includes works by 20th century composers such as Cage, Debussy, Feldman, Kagel, Kurtág, Sciarrino and Stravinsky. The duo also often collaborate with other musicians in their performances. In addition, Bugallo and Williams also have dedicated themselves to expanding musical offerings for piano duet and arranging music for piano duos. Their recordings include “Stravinsky in Black and White” and “Conlon Nancarrow: As Fast As Possible.” Visit to learn more.

Bang on a Can All-Stars formed in 1992 by the Bang on a Can Festival in New York and are recognized worldwide for their ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music. The six-member amplified ensemble freely crosses boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music. The group’s celebrated projects include their landmark recordings of Brian Eno’s ambient classic “Music for Airports” and Terry Riley’s “In C,” as well as live performances with Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Don Byron, Iva Bittova, Thurston Moore, Owen Pallett and others. The All-Stars were awarded Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year in 2005 and have been heralded as “the country’s most important vehicle for contemporary music” by the San Francisco Chronicle. Visit to learn more.

The College’s Sounds of New Music Festival offers opportunities for music students to learn from noted performers and composers in master-class settings. North Central College’s Fine Arts Center offers students exceptional facilities for instruction, practice and performance. The College offers undergraduate programs of study in music, jazz studies and music education in choral and instrumental. Visit to learn more.

North Central College’s Sounds of New Music Festival is sponsored by The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc.; Turner Construction; and Drs. Anne and Dennis (’57) Wentz.

USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors of North Central College’s 2011-2012 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. This performance is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).