Thursday, March 22, 2012

Berkeley new music concert to honor Barney Childs next week

The new music series Tuesdays at Tom's Place will host two nights of music by the late University of Redlands professor Barney Childs next Wednesday, March 28 and Thursday, March 29 in Berkeley, CA.

Works scheduled for performance span the range of Childs' career, which included stops at the University of Arizona, Deep Springs College, and the Wisconsin College Conservatory before he arrived at the University of Redlands in 1971. Childs served the University as Composer-in-Residence, taught in Johnston College and the College of Arts and Sciences, was actively involved with the New Music Ensemble and co-edited Contemporary Composers on Contemporary Music, an influential anthology of compositional trends in the late twentieth century. Before he died in 2000 of Parkinson's disease, Childs willed his collection of letters, documents, concert programs and over 140 manuscript scores to Armacost Library.

Tuesdays at Tom's Place takes place at the home of Tom Duff, a Berkeley programmer and music enthusiast who seeks to present "contemporary art music, mostly improvised, in a living room setting," including "anything that surprises and delights us." The music of Barney Childs fits right in, and it's great to see it performed in such a convivial venue.

For more information about Barney Childs, visit the Barney Childs collection website.

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