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In C

Salt Lake Electric Ensemble performing Terry Riley's "In C"

In 1964, composer Terry Riley crafted "In C" and singlehandedly changed the rules of classical music. The score is only one page long and it lays out 53 phrases for musicians to explore independently, making each performance unique. We talked about “In C” in 2010 with Salt Lake Electric Ensemble, who released a recording of the piece. They’re performing Riley’s masterpiece this weekend as part of a collaboration with a Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, so Friday we're rebroadcasting our conversation about “In C.” [Rebroadcast]

On April 10 and 11, Salt Lake Electric Ensemble is performing "In C" in collaboration with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. That's at 7:30 p.m. at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. DETAILS


  • Salt Lake Electric Ensemble is Matt Dixon, Brandon Garcia, Oliver Lewis, Charlie Lewis, Greg Midgely, Patrick Munger, Brian Patterson, Dan Thomas, Ben Warden, Eric Waters, Ryan Fedor, Ron Harrell, Nick Foster. We were joined in 2010 by Dixon, Midgley, Munger, Thomas, and Olive and Charlie Lewis.
  • Robert Carl is a professor of composition and music theory at the Hartt School at the University of Hartford. He's author of the book Terry Riley's In C [Amazon|Indiebound].
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.