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Composer extraordinaire Steve Reich hears his music come alive at the Bienen School

Steve Reich, winner of Northwestern University’s Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition, attended music rehearsals and discussions with Bienen School of Music students and faculty and a performance of his work when he visited the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music Feb. 7 to 9. Called “our greatest living composer” by The New York Times, Reich embraces aspects of Western classical music as well as the structures, harmonies and rhythms of non-Western and American vernacular music, particularly jazz, in his work.

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