"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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Sunday, March 22, 2009
messy mistake

Today I get to report on my typo of the month.

A few weeks ago, an evening reading session of student composers’ pieces with our orchestra was postponed because of snow.

I have to chuckle whenever I think of things getting called off here because of snow – the mere threat of flurries in the forecast is enough to shut down schools in the entire county, which is comical to someone who moved here from the northeast.

But on the other hand, it makes sense, when you have as little snow as we have around here – it certainly isn’t economical for the city to maintain snowplow equipment and personnel for an event that might happen every other year. So, in effect, a few inches of snow really can shut things down.

Anyway, I sent out a notice of the cancellation, but through a slip of the speedy fingertips, I typed "postponed because of snot.”

On the other hand, given all of the flu symptoms that were going around, maybe I wasn’t so far off.