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Composer Melinda Wagner Presents Informal Talk about Her Music and Musical Life Sunday, April 9th at 8:15 p.m.
Contributed by Molly O'Shea Polk on 04/02/2012
Composer Melinda Wagner will present an informal talk about her music and musical life this Sunday, April 9th, at 8:15p.m.Iger Lecture Hall JJWCM 2105. She is the college’s Karel Husa Visiting Professor of Composition this year.
Her colorful Concerto for Flute, Strings, and Percussion, commissioned by Paul Lustig Dunkel and the Westchester Philharmonic, was awarded the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in Music (the only flute concerto to date to win the coveted award). Since then, she has written Concerto for Trombone, for Joseph Alessi and the New York Philharmonic, and a piano concerto, Extremity of Sky, commissioned by the Chicago Symphony for Emanuel Ax, who has also performed it with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, and the Staatskapelle Berlin. In addition to Extremity of Sky (2002), the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has commissioned two other major works: Falling Angels (1992), and a forthcoming work.