Glenn Branca Coming to St. Louis, Looking for Guitarists/Bassists for "Symphony No. 13 (Hallucination City)" + Premiering Symphony No. 14



Wow. In experimental/avant-garde music circles, it doesn't get much bigger than this: Glenn Branca is coming to St. Louis and searching for musicians to help him for a performance of "Symphony No.13 (Hallucination City)." Moreover, this event will take place in conjunction with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, which Branca's website says will be "performing works by Varese, Zappa, and the world premiere of Branca's 1st movement from 'Symphony No. 14 (The Harmonic Series)' conducted by David Robertson."

Branca -- who was in the No Wave band Theoretical Girls -- first performed the 13th Symphony in June 2001 at NYC's World Trade Center. Here's the press release, as passed along by Mike:

Glenn Branca is seeking 80 guitarists and 20 bass players for his upcoming performance of "Symphony No.13 (Hallucination City)." This performance will be in St. Louis on November 13 at The Pageant sponsored by The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra who will also be on the program. There will be two rehearsals, the first on Nov. 11 from 2 p.m. to 12 midnight and the second on November 12 from 5 p.m. to 12 midnight. Both rehearsals will be at Powell Symphony Hall.

There will be a sound check on the day of the concert from 1:30pm to 5:30pm at The Pageant and the concert will be at 8 p.m. It will not be possible to pay so all musicians must volunteer their time, but food and drink will be supplied at all rehearsals and the performance. All musicians will need to be able to read standard staff notation and follow a part measure by measure. For more information contact and you will be sent a detailed info sheet.

-- Annie Zaleski

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