“Play Like Crazy!”: Ligeti series kicks off Friday at UC Presents

Chicago Classical Review

By George Grella

In everyone’s life comes a metaphorical gateway drug, something that expands consciousness and opens up new experiences.

For millions, one gateway has been slipped to them via Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey. An essential part of the movie is the unsettling and compelling music that comes out of the soundtrack in the form of excerpts from pieces by composer György Ligeti.

Ligeti is “a gateway to 20th century music,” via  the “effect of the sheer sound of his music,” said Amy Iwano, executive director of University Chicago Presents. “Ligeti stands with Cage and Boulez as one of the most influential composers” of the last century.”

The Ligeti sound will be on display through the University of Chicago Presents’ Ligeti Series, which opens Friday with a concert from the Arditti Quartet, and runs through March 6, 2018, concluding with a recital by pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard.

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