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World premiere honours engineering pioneer Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Maggini Quartet
Southbank Sinfonia
Matthew Barley cello
Peter Wiegold conductor
Patricia Hodge
Professor Heinz Wolff

Programme:
JS Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Mozart : Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments (selected movements)
Rand Steiger: Traversing for solo cello with live electronics and string orchestra
World premiere - winner of 2006 Brunel Bicentenary Competition
Debussy: String Quartet
Improvisation directed by Peter Wiegold
Elgar: Introduction and Allegro


Brunel University presents a celebration of invention, beauty and proportion in science, engineering and the arts from Bach and Leonardo to the 21st century.

The New York-born winner of the 2006 Brunel Bicentenary International Composition Competition, Rand Steiger says his new work, Traversing, which receives its world premiere next month, pays tribute to the innovative Victorian engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Rand Steiger, the Professor of Music at the University of California, San Diego won the commission to write the 12-minute work for cello, live electronic transformation and string orchestra in the international competition run by Brunel University, in West London.

Traversing will be performed by the renowned cellist Matthew Barley and the SouthBank Sinfonia.

“The title of the work was chosen both as a reference to I.K.Brunel, who provided the infrastructure for traversing land and sea, and to the structure of my piece which spirals from one kind of music to another, rather than dwelling in long sections, “ explains Professor Steiger, who will be present for the performance and recording for Quartz Records.

“It traverses the space between the conventional sound of the cello and a variety of electronically transformed identities.“

The winning work to be performed, at Cadogan Hall, West London, on September 28, will form part of an evening of celebration, entitled Inventions of Beauty & Proportion to mark the bicentenary of the birth of Brunel University's namesake, the eminent Victorian engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and its 40th anniversary as a university.

“I was very grateful to be chosen for this opportunity, and am very much looking forward to working with Matthew Barley and Peter Wiegold, both inspired and innovative artists,“ Prof Steiger added.

The evening also includes the international award-winning Maggini Quartet, and narrators Patricia Hodge and Emeritus Professor Heinz Wolff. Peter Wiegold conducts the Southbank Sinfonia.

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