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"Microtonal Voices"
THE BOX: music by living composers

NotaRiotous will perform a program titled Microtonal Voices as part of THE BOX series on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. in the ’62 Center, CenterStage.

Kicking off the Williams College Department of Music concert season is a chamber ensemble devoted exclusively to microtonal music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, directed by conductor, composer, violist, and Berkshire Symphony Orchestra member James Bergin.

NotaRiotous, founded by Julia Werntz and James Bergin in 2006, is one of the initiatives overseen by the The Boston Microtonal Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the composition, performance and study of microtonal music. Since its creation in 1988, the BMS has been devoted to raising the awareness of musicians and audiences of the expanded and enhanced expressive possibilities of composing, improvising and performing new music with new musical intervals. For nearly two decades, the BMS has pursued its mission through concert series, workshops, and classes in the Boston area.

As interest in microtonal music continues to blossom around the world, the BMS felt an urgent need for a permanent ensemble devoted entirely to the performance of microtonal music. Boston, with its international reputation as an unusual hotbed of microtonal talent, was the ideal place for the birth of this unique ensemble. The musicians of NotaRiotous are some of Boston’s most sought-after performers of contemporary music, and all are excited about their role in promoting microtonal performance.

THE BOX series was conceived in 2007 by Williams composers David Kechley and Ileana Perez Velazquez to present the music of living composers in a setting that is intimate and a performance space that is more flexible than a traditional concert hall. Performers include both visiting artists and groups as well as Williams own faculty and ensembles such as I/O New Music.