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The Department of Music at Cornell University will be holding a symposium and concert series from April 22-26, 2013 (Monday-Fri.) at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY). The event is centered around our guest composer-in-residence Walter Zimmermann and his early interactions with American music. As part of this symposium, the pianist Heather O’Donnell, JACK quartet, and local musicians will be offering concerts featuring his works, as well as works by other composers in dialogue with those of Zimmermann. In addition, a series of talks will occur on Wednesday of that week regarding several aspects of Zimmermann’s music and the times in which he lived.

Zimmermann is a notable figure for a variety of reasons, one of which is his early interest in the American “avant-garde” (Cage, Feldman in particular) at a time when post-Darmstadt “high” modernism was still very much the dominant trend in Europe. After studying at Darmstadt and with Mauricio Kagel, he took a trip across the Atlantic and published a series of 23 interviews with American composers such as Feldman, Cage, and Oliveros in 1975 in a collection entitled Desert Plants, and engaged in a number of ethnological research trips to his native Franconia, as well as American Indian reservations. Apart from this, his music is nearly always informed deeply and thoroughly by philosophical texts.

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