"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, August 22, 2006
Child's play

Iíve always promised myself I would never write a woodwind quintet. Iíve just never liked how the four-woodwinds-plus-horn combo sounds. And there are so many dreadful pieces written for that combination, I didnít want to add to the pile of dreck.

But deciding what I am going to do is one thing. Life is another.

I just completed a six-minute woodwind quintet called Childís play, and Iím astonished at how well it works. For an instrumental grouping that previously never appealed to me, itís amazing how comfortably it has adapted itself to my language.

Whatís next? Iím going to have to take another look at that list of things Iíve promised myself I would never do.