"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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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
What We Say By What We Do

Im afraid we may be teaching our composition students that new music is cool.

Saturday night, the PRISM Quartet performed here (more about their residency later). As I wrote last time, nu performed here last Tuesday (CVNC review here). And, as I wrote here and here, the previous week we had the Philidor Percussion Group and a faculty voice recital (CVNC reviews here and here).

Two weeks, four concerts and five premieres. The only concert that didnt feature a premiere was the contemporary ensemble concert.

Each concert generated a lot of buzz, featured provocative juxtapositions, played to a large, enthusiastic crowd, and left everyone with lots to talk about and ponder afterwards.

Are we giving our students a false impression? Certainly nobody ran the risk of making me think new music was cool when I was a student.

But then, maybe were not misleading anyone. Maybe things have really changed.

Sure feels that way.