Lawrence Dillon@Sequenza21.com

"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, May 13, 2005
On the Run

Too much to talk about today, and too little time. Tonight the NCSA Wind Ensemble will premiere my Blown Away, which I wrote about here. Unfortunately, I wonít be there to hear it, because Iím heading up to Boston to premiere my Processional for flute and piano with my wife, flutist Rebecca Nussbaum, at Tufts Universityís Goddard Chapel on Sunday.


Rebecca Nussbaum

Wednesday night I heard a Jerry Bowles Birthday Concert -- well, at least it was in North Carolina, included some Shostakovich and a premiere -- but no fried chicken or Puligny Montrachet. The program featured Russian pianist Denis Plutalov playing Shostakovich preludes and fugues, Lisztís antepostmodern Variations on a Theme of J.S. Bach, and the premiere of the four-movement version of William Robert Stevensís Insomnia. Hope we didnít keep you up all night, Jerry.

But I really want to talk about the concert I heard last night. The Carolina Chamber Symphony played at Wake Forest Universityís Brendle Hall, an amazing program of Beethoven, Barber and Russell Peck.

Unfortunately, Iíve got a plane to catch, so it will have to wait.