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Toronto Harper Lecture with Augusta Read Thomas: Inside a Composer's Studio
Includes program and refreshments 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Registration and reception 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Presentation and discussion

Cost: Free
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Augusta Read Thomas has amassed a wide following among orchestras, chamber ensembles, soloists, vocalists, and music enthusiasts alike. Thomas' exceptional talent produces unique creations of vibrant, bold fantasy in sound. In this interactive and dynamic lecture, Thomas will share her sketches, manuscripts, and methodology of composing music, inviting any willing listener to participate in the discovery of its meanings. Thomas will also discuss how the University's investment in the arts impacts her work and the broader artistic community in Chicago and beyond.

A renowned Grammy-winning composer, Thomas is the 16th person ever to hold a University Professorship at the University of Chicago. Widely considered to be among the world's most accomplished and original composers, she has won acclaim for the dramatic, spontaneous quality of her work and her masterful use of instrumental color. Thomas was the composer-in-residence at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1997 through 2006, as hired by Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez. Her residency culminated in the premiere of Astral Canticle—one of two finalists for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Thomas has had 110 compositions published by G. Schirmer, and countless organizations have performed her works, including the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Cleveland Orchestra. She has served as board chair of the American Music Center, is on the boards of numerous organizations, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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Event Information
Thursday, May 8 2014 at 6:00pm - 8:30pm [ iCal ]

Toronto, Canada