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Mathematical Music Focus of Lecture/Concert

Story posted February 15, 1998


BRUNSWICK, Maine -- A recital of "mathematical music" will be held Monday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Gibson Hall, Room 101, Bowdoin College. The performance is open to the public free of charge.

All pieces on the program reflect mathematical processes. Each piece will be introduced by Elliott Schwartz, professor of music at Bowdoin, or Samuel Kaplan, visiting assistant professor of mathematics at Bowdoin. The program will include works by Steve Reich, Tom Johnson, David Bedford, Randolph Coleman, Lukas Foss, Schwartz and Kaplan. Student works by Jesse Shore '98, Chris Harsch '01 and Henry Brondshpits '97 will also be performed. Numerous Bowdoin students and faculty members will be performing.

Schwartz and Kaplan, an oboe player and composer, have been collaborating with the concept of math and music correlations. In December Schwartz and Kaplan arranged for composer Tom Johnson to visit campus. He met with math and music students, student composers, presented a lecture.

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