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Inuksuit Inuksuit
John Luther Adams

Eighty intergenerational percussionists from throughout Central New York—including students and professionals from the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music—will participate in a performance of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams’ “Inuksuit” on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 3 p.m. on the Kenneth A. Shaw Quad.

The 75-minute performance is free and open to the public. In the case of rain, the performance will be held in Hendricks Chapel.

Presented by the Syracuse Society for New Music in collaboration with Syracuse University, “Inuksuit” has been dubbed by the New York Times as “the ultimate environmental piece.” Adams wrote it for nine to 99 percussionists dispersed in a large outdoor area using an incredible array of instruments, including conch shells, air raid sirens, gongs, bells, shakers, drums, cymbals, piccolos and glockenspiels. The title refers to a type of stone sentinel constructed by the Inuit over centuries in the expanses of the Arctic. Listeners discover their individual listening points as they move freely during the performance.

In addition to performers from Syracuse University, the performance will feature musicians from Colgate University, Hamilton College, Le Moyne College, Onondaga Community College, SUNY Oswego, Ed Smith School, SUNY ESF, Fayetteville-Manlius High School, Baldwinsville High School, Mount Markham Central School District-West Winfield, private teachers, the Society for New Music, the Syracuse Youth Orchestra and Symphoria.

For more information, contact the Society for New Music at or 314-446-5733.