The Arditti Quartet looms large in the world of new music. The ensemble is most famous for having performed the 1995 premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen's "Helicopter Quartet," a piece that requires the four musicians to perform in four separate helicopters. Since then, the musicians' reputation has been assured. No task is too great for them. No piece is too daunting.
At 8 tonight, the Arditti take the stage at Lippes Hall in Slee Hall for a night of the new and the different. The program begins with the String Quartet No. 5 by Elliott Carter, who celebrated his 100th birthday in December. "Quartet No. 2 Stuecke Stuecke" by David Felder follows. After intermission, the group performs Hilda Paredes' "Cuerdas del Distoni" and Brian Ferneyhough's "Exordium" and "Dum Transissets I-IV." Paredes and Ferneyhough are both expected to be present.
Admission is $20, with discounts for students and seniors. For information, call 645-2921.
-- Mary Kunz Goldman