"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, June 03, 2005

A few other highlights from the trip I can’t neglect to mention:
  • Père Lachaise - not just for the graves of famous composers, authors and artists, but for the moving memorials to Resistance fighters and Holocaust victims.
  • Dinner in a Parisian home - belonging to one Brigitte Warnez of Rue Emile Zola on the Rive Gauche. Everything was great -- the wine, the reminiscence of her life in Cambodia in the 1960s, and especially the three courses of cheese.
  • Musée d’Orsay - especially Joel Shapiro’s sculpture inspired by Carpeux.
  • Any glimpse - from any angle of Notre Dame de Paris.
  • Fun with French - buying chocolate, when the nice lady behind the counter asked me how many boxes I wanted, and I said “God” instead of “two.” Come to think of it, maybe that was the right answer.