Composer Spotlight: Joan Tower
Acclaimed composer Joan Tower's music is often personally inspired. Tower on piano is joined first by her frequent collaborators the Muir Quartet and then the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio as part of CrossCurrents: Contemporary Music Week.
- Mon., May 4, 2009, 7:30 PM
- Family Theater
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Peter Zazofsky, violin
Lucia Lin, violin
Steve Ansell, viola
Michael Reynolds, cello
Joseph Kalichstein, piano
Jaime Laredo, violin
Sharon Robinson, cello
"One of the most successful woman composers of all time"
--The New Yorker
Celebrating her 70th birthday in 2008, Joan Tower's remarkable career spans more than five decades. The first woman ever to receive the Grawemeyer Award in Composition, she has also been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Sophisticated and technically demanding--yet extremely approachable--her music is often personally inspired, from memories of her father to her upbringing in South America. For her Fortas spotlight program, Tower on piano is joined first by her frequent collaborators the Muir Quartet, hailed by the New York Times as having "a sound, interpretive depth, and polish to rival the best in the world." In various combinations, they perform the piano trio Big Sky, the string quartets Night Fields and Incandescent, and Simply Purple for solo viola. All five musicians come together for the Dumbarton Quintet. The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio concludes the evening with For Daniel, written for the trio in 2004 and dedicated to Tower's late nephew. Part of CrossCurrents: Contemporary Music Week.
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