Techno, classical music to fuse Saturday at Theatre

Techno, classical music to fuse Saturday at Theatre | Venues Magazine | The Daily Collegian Online.

On Saturday, the State Theatre will be home to light-up instruments, synthesized music and live singers -- and the organizer hopes the combination will bring classical music to the next generation.

Max Fomitchev, assistant professor of computer science at Penn State, has made it his mission to inspire young audiences to listen to classical music by presenting it as something that is fun and interesting to listen to. The result is a sound that is a mixture of techno and classical music.

When he's not teaching computer science, Fomitchev, who is also known as UltraMax, synthesizes music on the computer that is a mix of techno and classical.

TechnoClassica 2.0 will feature music from UltraMax's latest album, "Symphony in Trance," as well as material from his older albums that date back to 2001.

The original TechnoClassica concert took place two years ago in Eisenhower Auditorium and attracted an audience of more than 1,000. That's evidence enough for Fomitchev that another run would be successful.

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