LDPhoto1012BLawrence Dillon’s The Better Angels of Our Nature for narrator and piano trio will be one of the featured pieces in Concert Dance, Inc.’s Ravinia Festival performances on Thursday, June 6 and Friday, June 7 at 7:30 PM each evening in Bennett Gordon Hall, located in the John D. Harza Building at the southwest corner of Ravinia Park, 200 Ravinia Park Road in Highland Park, Illinois. These performances are presented in cooperation with 2013 Ruth Page Festival of Dance at Ravinia.

A work inspired by the words of Abraham Lincoln, The Better Angels of Our Nature is based on his personal letters. The Dillon score was one of three winners selected from Ravinia’s first composition competition in July 2008, created to spur new works inspired by Lincoln’s words. It has had over forty performances in eleven cities. See a video performance of the work at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkcvPzCt5qA.

The program will also feature the World Premiere of Artistic Director Venetia Stifler’s dance I Am From inspired by the iconic Greek American social dance “Miserlou.” Visit Concert Dance, Inc. and the Ruth Page Center at http://www.ruthpage.org/.

Reserved seats are $10. For more information, call the Ravinia Box Office at 847-266-5100 or visit http://www.ravinia.org/default.aspx.

Naxos has issued Lawrence Dillon Violin Music (Catalogue No: 8.559644 – http://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=8.559644), featuring seven chamber works performed by violinist Danielle Belen, 2008 Grand Prize Winner of the Sphinx Competition. His other recent, critically-acclaimed CD release, Insects and Paper Airplanes, is on the Bridge label – http://www.bridgerecords.com/catpage.php?call=9332. His music is published by American Composers Alliance – http://composers.com/. Visit his website at http://www.lawrencedillon.com/.


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