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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer Aaron Jay Kernis to Lecture April 10

Story posted April 07, 2004

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis, whose works will be performed on campus by the Contrasts Quartet this weekend, will discuss his music at 4 p.m. Friday, April 9, in the Tillotson Room (101) in Gibson Hall.

"The Composer Speaks: A Lecture by Aaron Jay Kernis" is open to the public at no charge. For more information call 725-3747.

Born January 15, 1960, Kernis is one of the youngest composers to win the Pulitzer Prize. According to the biography available on the Web site of his publisher Schirmer, Kernis "has become among the most esteemed musical figures of his generation. Each work of Kernis bears the unmistakable stamp of a wildly fertile musical imagination and a distinctive voice forged out of the wide-ranging musical languages of the 1980s and 1990s. His music bursts with rich poetic imagery, brilliant instrumental color,distinctive musical wit, and infectious exuberance."

Read Kernis's full biography at

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