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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Saturday, June 24, 2006
Beach Head

I had hoped to post the next chapter in my second symphony chronicle today, but instead Im furiously making final preparations for our summer festival on the Outer Banks. I head to the coast tomorrow. Were doing mostly 20th-century music, from Poulenc to Glass, Torke, Sheng and Xenakis. The featured work is 21st century: well do seven performances in the next two weeks of my Wright Flight, a multimedia piece from 2003 with orchestra, actors and projected images. If youre not busy, pay us a visit.

Meanwhile, the symphony is progressing well, but writing about its progress is even more challenging than I expected, because of all the twists and turns it is taking. Ill get back to it, probably in July, possibly sooner, depending on what kind of internet connection I can get on the beach.