Alea III

Alea III is the contemporary music ensemble-in-residence at Boston University, and is devoted to promoting, playing, and teaching music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Founded in 1978, Alea III is the third such group organized by music director Theodore Antoniou.

The Greek word alea, taken from Homer, means “to wander.” In Latin, it refers to “a die or dice used for playing at games of chance.” The term “aleatoric music” indicates music based upon the principles of indeterminacy as evidenced by certain random and/or statistical procedures of composition. In regard to the ensemble, “aleatoric” is concerned with the expression of a multiplicity of music directions, historical styles, and performance practices.