"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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Tuesday, November 22, 2005
on with the dream

Earlier, I reported that the Open Dream Ensemble was giving free performances around the region for schools that couldnít afford to pay the $5/seat price of admission. Unfortunately, in the current economy, free is too expensive: because of soaring gas prices, some of these schools have had to cancel their field trips this fall, because they couldnít afford to fill up the gas tanks in their buses.

So what do artists do when they canít get the audience to come to their performance space?

Hit the classrooms, of course.

Photos below: dancers, musicians, actors and designers getting kids involved in the arts.