Summer & Fall 2016
Details about upcoming and recent concerts, program books and more. All events are free to the public.
2016 Summer Meetings
Composers, performers, singers and conductors are invited to spend ten days of music activities on the splendid island of Naxos.
Naxos Bassoon Days
About ALEA III
Alea III is the contemporary music ensemble in residence at Boston University, a group devoted to promoting, playing, and teaching music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Founded in 1978, Alea III is the third such group organized by Music Director Theodore Antoniou. The ensemble is consistent with the music it embraces---flexible in size, open to experiment and to exploration. Over the years, Alea III has offered world-premiere opportunities for dozens of contemporary composers, often under the composer's direction, and with extended program notes or comments. The group has performed more than 1,420 works by 810 composers--most of them living. Frequent international touring has enhanced the relationships of American performers with their colleagues and composers from other parts of the world. With its inspiration, several other contemporary groups have been formed, offering growing opportunity to young composers and musicians to play and comprehend contemporary music.
The Greek word alea taken from Homer, means "to wander." In Latin, it refers to "a die or dice used for playing at games of chance." The term aleatoric music indicates music based upon the principles of indeterminacy as evidenced by certain random and/or statistical procedures of composition. In regard to the ensemble, aleatoric is concerned with the expression of a multiplicity of musical directions, historical styles, and performance practices.
Learn About Theodore Antoniou, Music Director