Story posted June 10, 2009
A composition for piano by Elliott Schwartz, Robert K. Beckwith Professor of Music Emeritus, will be performed in New York City on Saturday, June 20, 2009, at 7:30 p.m., as part of the annual American Composers Alliance Festival.
The four-day festival is held each June at Symphony Space, at the corner of Broadway and W. 95th Street.
Schwartz's work is a suite in seven movements titled "The Seven Seasons," and will be performed by Katie Cushing '10, for whom it was composed.
Schwartz, who retired from teaching in 2007, has remained active as a composer. A recording of his chamber music has recently been released on the Innova label, and a CD containing his six chamber concertos is scheduled for release in September.
This summer Schwartz will be guest composer at the International Viola Festival in Le Poet-Laval, France, and has been invited to give concerts and lectures this fall in Beijing and Hong Kong.
Cushing is an English and Education major who has studied piano at Bowdoin with Anastasia Antonacos and Joyce Moulton.