The FLiGHT Project

Composed by Roger Reynolds with the JACK Quartet

Part of the Contemporary Music Festival (Feb 17-19)

Thursday, February 19 @ 8 pm


The JACK Quartet electrifies audiences worldwide with “explosive virtuosity.”
The Boston Globe

Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Roger Reynolds joins forces with JMU’s Contemporary Music Festival to present the first of a series of workshop performances that will trace the development of his FLiGHT Project. This multimedia creation focuses on the history of mankind’s aspiration for and ultimate attainment of the ability to fly. Reynolds’ original music composition for the celebrated JACK string quartet will provide the core for this immersive event, which will also include computer sound, video by acclaimed videographer Ross Karre, and actors sharing the revelatory words written and spoken by those who throughout history imagined, attempted and experienced flight. 

Reynolds’ reputation rests, in part, on his “wizardry in sending music flying through space,” whether vocal, instrumental or computerized. He is known for his capacity to integrate diverse ideas and resources, for the seamless blending of traditional musical sounds and those newly enabled by technology. Reynolds’ work embodies an American artistic idealism reflecting the influence of Varèse and Cage, and has also been compared with that of Boulez and Scelsi. Most recently, Reynolds composed a large intermedia work in honor of our nation’s first president: george WASHINGTON, which premiered at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. About a similar Reynolds’ work, the Los Angeles Times wrote, “you … sense the brain of a lyric poet coming to sizzling life.” Check our website for information on other performances during the three-day Contemporary Music Festival.


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