"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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Friday, February 23, 2007
Ypsi doodle

Iím having a remarkable time here in Michigan at the MUSIC NOW í07 Festival. Anthony Iannacone is a wonderful musician and a real gentleman, and weíve discovered that we have a lot of mutual acquaintances. First day here (Wednesday), I was treated to two fine pieces by his students, Joshua Bornfield and Whitney Prince, on a program of diverse music, stylistically speaking, including composers Nikola Resanovic, Alberto Ginastera, Steve Reich and Iannacone himself.

Last night was a concert of my chamber music, along with two other student pieces, and tonight is a concert of large ensemble work. Iíll have more detail in the coming days, but Iím squeezing this post in between dinner and the concert, so this is it for now.