Tickets for Black of the Star at EMPAC

empac black of the starWe have two tickets for this weekend's spacey concert at EMPAC. And we'd like to give them away. Maybe to you.

Here's the description for Gérard Grisey: Le Noir de l'Étoile (Black of the Star):

Radio signals emitted by two pulsars from a distant place in the universe become part of a work played on six percussion stations that surround the audience. This piece was commissioned from Gérard Grisey by the French ensemble Les Percussions de Strasbourg, which will perform at EMPAC. Grisey has been called one of the founders of so-called spectral music (a label he later disowned). In this piece, the evolution of timbres played by instruments, and of sound colors as they expand, explore the great complexities of what our ears can hear, and take the audience on a journey inside the sound of music. Not only is the space "out there" brought into the Concert Hall, the hall itself is made part of the experience by placing the performers, instruments, and loudspeakers around the audience.

The concert starts at 8 pm. Tickets are $15.

Also, before the concert, there will be a free talk about music and celestial bodies with an astrophysicist who studies black holes.

But, right, the tickets -- to enter the drawing, answer this question in the comments:

What's the most "out there" thing you've come across lately?

We'll draw one winner at random.

Important: One entry per person. You must answer the question to be eligible. One person will win a pair of tickets. You must submit your comment by 11:59 pm on Thursday, February 24, 2011. You must include a working email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by 10 am on Friday -- and must respond by 3 pm that day.

Yep, EMPAC does advertise on AOA.


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