It's become increasingly common Downtown style for performers to segue from one piece to another without pause, departing from program order and leaving the audience with little hint as to which composer wrote what part of the program. This has the laudable intent of weaning the audience from composer-based preconceptions, and making the concert more of an "experience," with all the increased attentiveness to unauthored sound for which John Cage so eloquently argued. It must be ear-opening for the lay audience member, and I suppose the composers are all liberal enough not to mind, but for the critic who is expected to go home and write about which pieces he liked, it's a little like finding the prime rib and potatoes you ordered dumped into your clam chowder and wondering if the asparagus is... More >>>
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Lancaster is our leading exponent of the avant-garde flute.