"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. Partially deaf from birth, Dillon grew up in a bustling household with seven older siblings. He 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 North Carolina School of the Arts, where he has served as Music Director of the Contemporary Ensemble, Assistant Dean of Performance and Dean of the School of Music.
Dillon's music, in the words of American Record Guide, is "lovely...austere...vivid and impressive." His works are recorded by Albany Records, Channel Crossings and CRS, and published by American Composers Editions. He is represented by Jeffrey James Arts Consulting.
Thursday, April 07, 2005
Twenty-first Century Residencies
When I took charge of the Composition Department here in 2000, the first thing I did was secure funding to establish the NCSA Twenty-first Century Residencies program, through which we bring a major new music figure or ensemble each year. Here’s what we’ve done so far:
2000-01: Composer Bernard Rands. Performance of String Quartet No. 2 (1994), Memo 8 (2000) and Concertino for Oboe (1996), with guest oboist Jacqueline LeClair.
2001-2: eighth blackbird. Music by George Perle, Frederic Rzewski, Daniel Kellogg, Minimum Security Composers Collective.
2002-2003: Speculum Musicae. Music by Mario Davidovsky, Christopher Winders, Charles Wourinen.
2003-2004: Composer William Bolcom. Premiere of String Quartet No. 11 (2003) to celebrate the opening of Watson Chamber Music Hall.
This season we’re bringing the Da Capo Chamber Players for a residency -- I will be picking them up at the airport this evening. Schedule:
FRIDAY 8 APRIL
Outreach: Forsyth County Day Care: 1:30
Instrumental classes: 7:30 pm
- Patricia Spencer: Contemporary Flute Repertoire and Extended Techniques
- Meighan Stoops: Professional Opportunities for Clarinetists
- David Bowlin: Violin Master Class
- Andre Emilianov: Cello Master Class
- Blair McMillen: Piano Master Class
SATURDAY 9 APRIL: Watson Hall
10 am – 1 pm, Open Dress Rehearsal
7:30 pm, Concert
SUNDAY 10 APRIL: Watson Hall
Recording Session for student composers:
Lunch with Da Capo and Composition Department
- Gregory Miles Hoffman (Graduate 1): Unine Emamesilane
- Dylan Zola (College 1): From the Head
- Joseph Edwards (College 1): idolini
- Felix Ventouras (College 2): Mystery
- J.E. Rose (Professional Artist’s Certificate) Quintet No. 2
- Justin Poindexter (College 3): Photograph Quartet
- William Stevens (College 4): Capriccio
2:00 Internet 2 Session
Da Capo Chamber Players Informance on John Harbison’s “Songs America Loves To Sing”
The recording session will be a great opportunity for the students involved, who are used to having their peers play their music, to get direct feedback from professionals who are unfamiliar with their work. The Internet 2 session will include several other schools, allowing for questions and discussion in real time on a new work by John Harbison.
I’ll be very busy hosting/shuttling/trouble-shooting (and conducting) over the coming days, but I will give a full report as I’m able. Some parts of the residency will undoubtedly be spectacular, and there may be some disappointments. We’ll see. I’m curious to hear about similar guest residencies at other schools, since I’m always looking for ways to make this program work as effectively as possible.