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Elliott Schwartz to be Visiting Composer at Harvard

Story posted November 07, 2001

Elliott Schwartz, the Robert K. Beckwith Professor of Music at Bowdoin, will be the Kayden Visiting Artist at Harvard's Office for the Arts November 30-December 1.

Prof. Schwartz will be in residence at Harvard under the auspices of the "Learning From Performers" program and the Harvard Wind Ensemble. Works by Schwartz, one of the foremost composers of contemporary American music, will be performed by the Harvard Wind Ensemble in a concert at 8 p.m., Saturday, December 1, in Lowell Hall. He will also conduct seminars during the residency.

The concert program will include “Aerie” for six flutes, a piece originally composed for Bowdoin students and premiered at the Bowdoin Chapel in 1993, and “Tribute,” composed for Bowdoin President Barry Mills’ recent inauguration.

One movement of “Tribute” was performed by eight Bowdoin students at the October 27 inauguration. Those same eight students will travel to Harvard for the December 1 concert to perform the full two-movement work. The students are Stacy Barron ‘03, John Thorndike ‘02, Matt Oliff ‘02, Hojoon Sohn ‘04, and Anna Wall ‘05 (clarinets); Michael Brennan ‘04 (bass clarinet); and Allison Robbins ’02 and Rachel Berman ’02 (percussion).

Harvard's Office for the Arts' "Learning from Performers" program was established in 1975 to bring professional artists in music, dance, theater, film and the visual arts to the University to meet and work with undergraduates in a wide range of free educational sessions.

The program, which furthers the OFA's mission of integrating creative thinking and expression into the undergraduate educational experience, creates direct connections and an exchange of ideas, which are often a real turning point in the students' academic pursuits, in the way they think or listen or see.

Prof. Elliott Schwartz has been a member of the Bowdoin College faculty since 1964. He has appeared as a visiting artist at many leading universities and conservatories in the U.S. and Europe. He has extended visiting residencies at the University of California, The Ohio State University, and Trinity College of Music and Cambridge University in the U.K.

His compositions have been performed by such groups as the Indianapolis Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Atlanta Virtuosi, and New York Chamber Soloists. Recordings of his music can be heard on the CRI, Capstone, Vienna Modern Masters, and GM labels. He is the co-author, with Daniel Godfrey, of Music Since 1945: Issues, Materials, Literature.

For more information on Prof. Schwartz's residency and Harvard's Office for the Arts, click here.

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