Gil Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) will per­form Devo­lu­tion, an orig­inal piece com­posed by North­eastern pro­fessor Anthony De Ritis and fea­turing DJ Spooky (Paul D. Miller) on May 19th at 8 p.m. at the Sanders The­ater, as part of the Bank of America Celebrity Series.

Devo­lu­tion: A Con­certo for DJ and Sym­phony Orchestra received sig­nif­i­cant recog­ni­tion on both coasts, with pre­mieres in Oak­land and New Haven, respec­tively. The piece is based on Ravel’s Bolero and incor­po­rates sev­eral ele­ments uncommon in orches­tral com­po­si­tions: elec­tric guitar dou­bling elec­tric base, three drum sets, and a DJ soloist, con­tributing real-​​time remixes from sam­ples cre­ated by De Ritis, who is also chair of the Depart­ment of Music and director of Mul­ti­media Studies at North­eastern University.

The BMOP, one of the few full-​​sized orches­tras in the world ded­i­cated to the works of living com­posers, will per­form De Ritis’ re-​​imagination of Ravel’s Bolero and Beethoven’s Sev­enth. Unlike his fellow musi­cians, DJ Spooky will give the com­po­si­tion a sense of spon­taneity that is rare in orches­tral music, because impro­vi­sa­tion is uncommon in most orches­tral scores. Devolution’s score gives the DJ gen­eral direc­tions in terms of dynamics and mood, but Spooky is free to remix De Ritis’ melodies and music of his own choosing in any way that he can imagine.

In this per­for­mance, the choices DJ Spooky makes in per­for­mance will pro­foundly affect the final out­come – Devo­lu­tion is a spec­trum, or dialectic, of musical activ­i­ties with fixed com­po­si­tion and free impro­vi­sa­tion as its two end points,” said De Ritis. “It means that the final result may be very dif­ferent from one per­for­mance to the next.”

The world pre­miere of Evan Ziporynn’s Hard Drive and the North Amer­ican pre­mier of Steven Mackey’s Dream­house are also part of the evening’s program.

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Matt Col­lette at 617–373-5471.

About North­eastern: Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.