The Hartt School is pleased to welcome one of the world’s most celebrated composers, John Corigliano, as its 2012 “Unclaimed Property” Composer-in-Residence, with concerts on Wednesday, May 2, Thursday, May 3, and Saturday, May 5. Corigliano's scores, now numbering more than one hundred, have won him the Pulitzer Prize, the Grawemeyer Award, three Grammy Awards, and an Academy Award (the “Oscar”), and have been performed and recorded by many of the most prominent orchestras, soloists, and chamber musicians in the world. This residency consists of three concerts of his music featuring the students and faculty of The Hartt School. The “Unclaimed Property” concerts are generously sponsored by Susan Brake.
“One of the aspects that I admire most about John’s music is the incredible diversity. We are presenting three concerts of his work which allows the audience and the students a chance to witness live his diverse voice both instrumentally and vocally,” said Glen Adsit, Director of Bands and the Associate Director of the Instrumental Studies Division.
Opening the Series is a Faculty Recital featuring Foot in the Door, Hartt’s Contemporary Music Ensemble, on Wednesday, May 2, at 7:30 PM, in Millard Auditorium, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. This recital features five Hartt faculty members—Anton Miller, Cherie Caluda, Janet Arms, Rebecca Flannery, and Christopher Ladd; members of the Foot in the Door Ensemble, led by Glen Adsit and Edward Cumming; and The Hartt Chamber Choir, under the direction of Edward Bolkovac. Admission is free. Please call the University Box Office at 860.768.4228 or 800.274.8587 or visit www.hartford.edu/hartt for more information.
On Thursday, May 3, at 7:30 PM, the Foot in the Door Ensemble performs one of Corigliano’s latest chamber pieces, “Mr. Tambourine Man,” featuring Hartt Vocal Studies Division faculty member Cherie Caluda, soprano. This remarkable work uses the poetry of Bob Dylan, set to music by Corigliano. “Mr. Tambourine Man” was written for Hila Plitmann and was performed by the Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Robert Spano. This truly virtuosic work won two Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary Composition and Best Vocal Performance. This performance is in Lincoln Theater, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. Admission is free. Please call the University Box Office at 860.768.4228 or 800.274.8587 or visit www.hartford.edu/hartt for more information.
The Hartt Wind Ensemble and Hartt Symphony Orchestra perform Corigliano’s epic First Symphony and his Circus Maximus on Saturday, May 5, at 7:30 PM, in Lincoln Theater, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. Circus Maximus creates the atmosphere and decadence of the Roman Colosseum. Come see and hear Lincoln Theater turned into a Circus Maximus, complete with marching bands and17 trumpets! Admission is $20 with discounts for seniors, students, and groups. Please call the University Box Office at 860.768.4228 or 800.274.8587 or visit www.hartford.edu/hartt for more information.
Adsit continues, “It is truly a thrill of a lifetime to have John Corigliano in residence at The Hartt School. He is one of the greatest composers of our day and I am excited that he will be here working with our instrumental, vocal, and composition students on his music.”
About John Corigliano
American John Corigliano continues to add to one of the richest, most unusual, and most widely celebrated bodies of work any composer has created over the last forty years. Corigliano's numerous scores—including three symphonies and eight concerti among more than one hundred chamber, vocal, choral, and orchestral works—have been performed and recorded by many of the most prominent orchestras, soloists, and chamber musicians in the world. Recent scores include Conjurer (2008), for percussion and string orchestra, commissioned for and introduced by Dame Evelyn Glennie; Concerto for Violin and Orchestra: The Red Violin (2005), developed from the themes of the score to the François Girard’s film of the same name, which won Corigliano the Oscar in 1999; Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan (2000) for orchestra and amplified soprano, the recording which won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Composition in 2008; Symphony No. 3: Circus Maximus (2004), scored simultaneously for wind orchestra and a multitude of wind ensembles; and Symphony No. 2 (2001 Pulitzer Prize in Music). Other important scores include String Quartet (1995 Grammy Award, Best Contemporary Composition); Symphony No. 1 (1991 Grawemeyer and Grammy Awards); the opera The Ghosts of Versailles (1991 Metropolitan Opera commission; 1992 International Classical Music Award); and the Clarinet Concerto (1977). One of the few living composers to have a string quartet named for him, Corigliano serves on the composition faculty at The Juilliard School and holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Music at Lehman College, City University of New York, which has established a scholarship in his name. For the past fourteen years he and his partner, the composer-librettist Mark Adamo, have divided their time between Manhattan and Kent Cliffs, New York. More information is available at www.johncorigliano.com.
Photo credit: J. Henry Fair
Pictured: John Corigliano