American composer John Harbison, one of today’s leading musicians, will speak about his work as composer, conductor, and scholar for the arts, including his influences from literature (Rilke, Milosz, and the Orpheus myth) and his work on the music of J. S. Bach.
In 2008, Swanlund Professor Nathan Gunn and the Boston Symphony premiered Mr. Harbison’s Symphony No. 5, based on responses to the Orpheus myth by poets Czeslaw Miolsz, Louis Gluck, and Rainer Maria Rilke. The University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra will perform this work with Professor Gunn, and with the composer in residence. The concert is scheduled for October 22, 7:30pm, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
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