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Boston’s chamber music ensemble, Collage New Music, and innovative composer Tod Machover, will visit the Milton campus on October 31. Milton’s Melissa Dilworth Gold ’61 Visiting Artist Fund makes their visit with students and faculty possible.

At Milton, Collage New Music will work with students in the chamber orchestra and perform two student pieces. Later in the afternoon, Tod Machover will teach a master class, perform “Toward the Center” a piece he wrote for accoustical, hyper-electronic instruments and computer generated sounds, and enjoy an afternoon reception with students in the arts program.

The Melissa Dilworth ’61 Gold Visiting Artist Fund commemorates Melissa’s life and interests by bringing a nationally recognized artist to campus each year so that students may benefit from dynamic interaction with a inspirational and accomplished professionals. The Fund includes sharing an artist’s time with public school students, Milton high school students will take part in all aspects of Collage New Music’s and Tod Machover’s visit.

For 31 years, Collage New Music has presented over 80 world premieres and more than 200 Boston premieres of works by the great composers of the twentieth century. Under the artistic direction of David Hoose since 1991, Collage has earned a reputation as Boston’s premier contemporary chamber music ensemble.

Collage New Music concerts have included fully staged productions, music with dance, and music with extensive electronic equipment. Composers, artists, and guest lecturers who have performed with Collage include Seiji Ozawa, Gunther Schuller, Peter Maxwell Davies, George Perle, Milton Babbitt, Vanessa Redgrave, and Clark Terry.

Tod Machover’s music is highly regarded for breaking traditional artistic and cultural boundaries, offering a unique and innovative synthesis of acoustic and electronic sound, of symphony orchestras and interactive computers, and of operatic arias and rock songs. Machover is also noted for inventing new technology for music, especially his Hyperinstruments that use smart computers to augment musical expression and creativity.

Machover’s music has been performed and commissioned by many of the world’s most prestigious arts institutions, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Centre Pompidou, the London Sinfonietta, the Houston Grand Opera, Lincoln Center for the Perfoming Arts, the Ensemble InterContemporain (Paris), the Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt), and the Tokyo String Quartet. His work has received numerous awards and prizes, including a “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres,” one of France’s highest cultural honors, and the first DigiGlobe Prize in Interactive Media from the German government.