On 18 May at 8pm in the beautiful St Paul’s Church Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) will be performing the UK live premiere of composer Huang Ruo’s piece A DUST IN TIME. The arts have kept many people going through lockdown, and this is no different for musicians and composers. A DUST IN TIME is an emotive string quartet performance created to give those affected by the pandemic a means to reflect and heal and to find peace, strength, and hope.
This will be a peaceful and meditative evening, suitable for all, in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter.
Composer Huang Ruo states;
“A Dust in Time is a meditation on the global pandemic. Using the symbolism of a mandala and the structure of a passacaglia, it creates an extended musical palindrome. It lasts an hour and can be repeated to create an endless soundtrack for the contemplation of our place in the universe.
The title appeals to me on macro- and microcosmic levels; that in the grand scheme of the history of the universe, 2020 is barely noteworthy, gives a hopeful perspective that this too shall surely pass. I also like that the title brings to my mind the image of a single dust mote; a tiny particle, suspended in sunlight, encapsulating the feeling of stasis – mental, physical, professional, social – that I felt during lockdown.”
We have all experienced the trauma of the past years together, coming out of the this we want to move forward and inspire hope through the shared experience of live music that we have all missed. Join BCMG in an intimate reintroduction into the live music world.
Social distancing guidelines will be adhered to and attendees will be assigned their own pew to experience the music safely.