"There are no two points so distant from one another that they cannot be connected by a single straight line -- and an infinite number of curves."

Composer Lawrence Dillon has produced an extensive body of work, from brief solo pieces to a full-length opera. Three disks of his music are due out in 2010 on the Bridge, Albany and Naxos labels. In the past year, he has had commissions from the Emerson String Quartet, the Cassatt String Quartet, the Mansfield Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, the Salt Lake City Symphony, the Ravinia Festival, the Daedalus String Quartet, the Kenan Institute for the Arts, the University of Utah and the Idyllwild Symphony Orchestra.

Although he lost 50% of his hearing in a childhood illness, Dillon began composing as soon as he started piano lessons at the age of seven. In 1985, he became the youngest composer to earn a doctorate at The Juilliard School, and was shortly thereafter appointed to the Juilliard faculty. Dillon is now Composer in Residence at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he has served as Music Director of the Contemporary Ensemble, Assistant Dean of Performance, and Interim Dean of the School of Music. He was the Featured American Composer in the February 2006 issue of Chamber Music magazine.

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Friday, March 18, 2005
Notes From Another Ground Pt. 2

A lesson on how the internet has changed our profession:

Last fall, I was googling for an article on my Amadeus ex machina when I came across an entry under St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic. I clicked on the link and learned that the orchestra had scheduled my piece on its 04-05 season. I emailed the Music Director, whose name is Jeffrey Meyers, and we decided it would be splendid if I could come for the performance. He got funding from the State Department, I got a grant from my place of business, and now here I am. Without Google, I'd be sitting at home, unaware that the concert was taking place.

I met Jeff on Thursday morning on the Bridge of Sixteen Balls. Sixteen Balls is its nickname; I didn't catch the official name. The nickname comes from the fact that the bridge is guarded by four naked, substantially endowed men and their equally impressive horses, all in bronze.

We had lunch at a nearby Indian restaurant, and I quickly found that I liked Jeff quite a bit. He is intelligent, earnest and witty, and he has a very pleasant energy. He founded the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic three years ago as a way to fill a niche that was missing in this culturally rich city: a chamber orchestra that would be equally at home with new and standard repertoire.

This particular program is entitled American and Russian Composers of the Twentieth Century to the Present Day. The Americans of past and present are Samuel Barber and me; the Russians are Tcherepnin (1899-1977), Slonimsky (b. 1932) and Buzina (b. 1977).

I have to hand it to Jeff: the concert is getting great coverage in the St. Petersburg Times, despite the number of other events going on this weekend: Britten's Rape of Lucretia, Stravinsky's Les Noces and Oedipus Rex, and any number of orchestra, chamber and solo performances.

Off to rehearsal; I will try to get back soon.