MTA Composer Forums Spring 2012

MTA Composer Forums 2012
5pm, Lewis Music Library, 14E-109
A reception will follow.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Funded in part by Music and Theater Arts and the Council for the Arts at MIT

Feb | 21 | Tue | Erin Gee will present a lecture demonstration about her upcoming piece for the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna and her work for voice in the Mouthpiece Series.

Erin Gee’s awards for composition include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, the 2008 Rome Prize, Zürich Opera House’s Teatro Minimo, and the Picasso-Mir`o Medal among others.  Gee has worked with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Recherche, the Zurich Opera House with the opera SLEEP, the American Composers Orchestra, Vokalensemble Zürich, Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group under Esa-Pekka Salonen, and the Latvian Radio Chamber Choir. Gee was in residence at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart in 2010. Upcoming commissions include a second premiere with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna. Visit:

Mar | 20 | Tue | Paul Chihara will discuss how writing both concert music and scores for Hollywood movies have shaped his compositional career. He will also discuss his recent song cycle AMATSU KAZE  (“Winds of Heaven”) commissioned and performed by the New Juilliard Ensemble.

Paul Seiko Chihara’s prize-winning works have been performed in most major cities and arts centers in the U.S. and Europe. He has received commissions and awards from The Lili Boulanger Memorial Award, the Naumberg Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Fulbright Fellowship, the Aaron Copland Fund, and National Endowment for the Arts, the Boston and London symphonies, the Los Angeles and New Japan philharmonics, and the Cleveland Orchestra, among others. Mr. Chihara has also composed scores for over 90 motion pictures and television series. He has worked with directors Sidney Lumet, Louis Malle, Michael Ritchie, and Arthur Penn. His movie credits include Prince of the City, The Morning After, Crossing Delancey, and John Turturro’s Romance and Cigarettes.  His works for television include China Beach, Noble House, Brave New World, and 100 Centre Street. Also active in the New York musical theatre world, Mr. Chihara was consultant and arranger for Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies, and the composer for James Clavell’s Shogun, the Musical. Visit:

May | 3 | Thu | Evan Ziporyn will talk about his Concertos for Bass Clarinet and Tabla.

Composer, Clarinetist and Bang on a Can All-star Evan Ziporyn’s works have been commissioned and performed by Yo-yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, Kronos Quartet, Orkest de Volharding, Maya Beiser, So Percussion, Gamelan Semara Ratih, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, with whom he recorded his 2006 orchestral CD, Frog’s Eye. In recognition of his accomplishments, he received the 2007 USA Artists Walker Award and the 2004 American Academy of Arts and Letters Goddard Lieberson Fellowship. Recordings of his works have been released on Cantaloupe, Sony Classical, New Albion, New World, Koch, Innova, and CRI. He is Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Music at MIT.  Visit

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