Known for his dramatic and unique style and as a gifted orchestral colorist, Joseph Schwantner is one of the most prominent American composers today. He received his musical and academic training at the Chicago Conservatory and Northwestern University and has served on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music and the Yale School of Music, simultaneously establishing himself as a sought after composition instructor. Schwantner's compositional career has been marked by many awards, grants and fellowships, including the Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for his orchestral composition Aftertones of Infinity and several Grammy nominations. Among his many commissions is his Percussion Concerto, which was commissioned for the 150th anniversary season of the New York Philharmonic and is one of the most performed concert works of the past decade. Schwantner is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
New Music Delaware is delighted to welcome Dr. Schwantner to campus for a multi-day festival of his music, including performances of Dr. Schwantner's work alongside lectures on his music, given by Cynthia Folio and Wesley J. Broadnax; a percussion master class coached by Dr. Schwantner and featuring student percussionists from regional universities; and a composition master class featuring new works by UD student composers.
Paper presentations: Thursday, February 21, 6:00 p.m., Gore Recital Hall. This event is free.
Composition master class: Friday, February 22, 1:25 p.m., Gore Recital Hall. This event is free.
Percussion master class: Friday, February 22, 7:00 p.m., Gore Recital Hall. This event is free.
Tickets: $12 adults; $8 UD faculty/staff/alumni and seniors; $3 students.
Tickets are available at the door and are cash or check only.