URBANA — Two concerts, one this week and the other in April, will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Computer Music Project, which is part of the University of Illinois Experimental Music Studios.
The first concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the UI Music Building auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada St., will include a rare live performance of the string quartet "Illiac Suite" by Lejaren Hiller and Leonard Isaacson. The first composition produced by a digital computer, "Illiac Suite" was created at the UI in 1956 and marks the birth of computer music.
The second concert, at 7:30 p.m. April 8, also in the Music Building auditorium, will be accompanied by a round table discussion at a Composers Forum at 3 p.m. the same day in Room 1201 of the Music Building.
The concerts will present works realized by faculty and students using software developed by current and alumni Computer Music Project users. The concerts and forum are free and open to the public.