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Juilliard Presents Alvin Singleton's Argoru Series with Choreography at the Chelsea Factory

Feb. 16, 2024

Juilliard Presents Alvin Singleton's <em>Argoru</em> Series with Choreography at the Chelsea Factory

On February 3, Juilliard presented Alvin Singleton's Argoru series at the Chelsea Factory in NYC as part of the Juilliard x Chelsea Factory series. The performance, which paired the works with thrilling choreography, was conceived by choreographer/director Caili Quan and performed by Juilliard student musicians and dancers. In addition to Quan, other choreographers included Juilliard students Waverly Fredericks (BFA ’23), John Heginbotham (BFA ’93), Keerati Jinakunwiphat, and Rachel Lockhart (BFA ’23).

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The title "Argoru" comes from the Ghanaian Twi language meaning "to play." Singleton composed this kaleidoscopic series of solo works for eight different instruments over a period of more than thirty years.

Digital scores for selections from Alvin Singleton's Argoru series can be purchased at Project Schott New York (PSNY):

       Argoru I (1970) for solo piano
       Argoru II (1970) for solo cello
       Argoru III (1971) for solo flute
       Argoru IV (1978) for solo viola
       Argoru V/a (1984/rev. 2011) for solo bass clarinet
       Argoru VI (1988) for solo marimba
       Argoru VII (1994) for solo vibraphone
       Argoru VIII (2002) for solo snare drum

Seth Parker Woods plays Argoru II for solo cello (1970)

To learn more about Alvin Singleton, visit: