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January 17, 2008

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UT Tyler Cowan Center Adds MASS Ensemble to Season

MASS Ensemble

The University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center has added a special event to the 2007-08 season, Susan Thomae-Morphew, UT Tyler Cowan Center director, announced.

Internationally-renowned performance group MASS Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4. Tickets are $36, $26 and $16 and go on sale Monday, Jan. 21.

Tickets are available at the UT Tyler Cowan Center box office or online at www.CowanCenter.org. Box office hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“We are so pleased to enhance our already spectacular season with MASS Ensemble. This is an exciting blend of sculpture, music, dance and visual arts,” said Thomae-Morphew.

MASS Ensemble is known for large-scale instruments and kinetic performances. The Earth Harp, known as the world's largest stringed instrument, and other invented instruments are unique to
MASS, as they were designed and created by artistic director, Bill Close. The giant sculptural instruments provide a landscape in which the artists perform.

The long stringed instruments are played in a unique and imaginative manner. The performers wear gloves with rosin on the fingertips and the strings are stroked rather then plucked or bowed.

It is common for MASS to have the bridge of the instrument resting on the stage, as the strings span out over the audience and attach to the building. The architecture becomes an important part of the instrument as MASS is literally playing a building or concert hall.

“This puts the audience inside the instrument and provides for a unique and interactive experience,” Thomae-Morphew said.

MASS Ensemble
The combination of violin, cello, bass, flute, dance, sculptural drums and other invented instruments create a musical experience that is balanced by the symphonic sounds of the Long Stringed Instruments.

For a sneak preview of this visual and auditory experience, visit www.massensemble.com.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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