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Partch @ REDCAT May 30, 2008

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By Roger Park

On Friday, May 30th a full house at REDCAT was treated to a special live performance of American composer Harry Partch's (1901-1974) complete score of "Plectra and Percussion Dances: Satyr-Play Music for Dance Theatre" directed by John Schneider. Partch was known for his innovative desire to use a different system of tuning, which inspired him to mutate and beautifully craft custom microtonal instruments. The last time "Plectra and Percussion Dances: Satyr-Play Music for Dance" was performed live was at the work's premiere for a radio broadcast in 1953.