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Honk if you love contemporary music

By Eric M. Law
News Reporter

The sound of rush-hour traffic may not seem so discordant to anyone who attends today's performance of "Horn Concerto: An Orchestra of Automobiles."

The 10-minute piece by English composer Stephen Montague features 12 automobiles in an amusing mix of sound created by slamming doors, honking horns, revving engines and scratching windshield-wiper blades. The performance will begin at 12:45 p.m. in the "art park" between the Moores School and the Fine Arts Building.

"It's definitely a fun piece to witness. I think people will be pleasantly surprised at how upbeat the rhythms will be," said Robert Smith, conductor of the Moores School of Music's contemporary ensemble AURA. 

Montague is a renowned pianist and composer who has performed solo concerts at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York City. He is currently a musical adjunct at The University of Texas at Austin.

Montague's two-day visit to UH will also include an evening performance showcasing three of his musical compositions, including "Wild Nights," an Emily Dickinson poem set to music.

"If you've ever read Dickinson, she writes with so much passion," Smith said. "Montague captures that passion as if she had let it out to music."

That performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Moores Opera House. Tickets are $4 for students, $6 general admission. For more information, call the Moores School box office at (713) 743-3313.
 
 
 

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