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Coming up next on VoiceBox: A Rare Beast -- Discovering Milton Babbitt’s Music for the Mass

Saturday, November 27, 2010

When you say the name Milton Babbitt, people tend to either look at your blankly or pull a face. With its dense texture, severe atonality and reliance on electronics for special effects, the contemporary American serialist composer’s music certainly isn’t to everyone’s taste. International Orange Chorale members Zane Fiala, Jeremy Faust and Elaine Robertson join VoiceBox host Chloe Veltman for a discussion about how a volunteer chorus in San Francisco gave the world’s first ever a cappella performances of “Music for the Mass” -- Babbitt’s challenging and little-known 1941 choral work – and explain how the work defies all expectations.

The program airs this Friday, December 3, from 10-11pm at 91.7 fm. Or listen anytime via the on demand online music player at kalw.org.

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