Many distinguished composers have visited the Frost School School of Music as part of the Roe Stamps Artist Distinguished Visitor Series:
Bernard Rands *2010
Through more than a hundred published works and many recordings, Bernard Rands is established as a major figure in contemporary music. His work Canti del Sole, premiered by Paul Sperry, Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic, won the1984 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Other commissions have come from the Suntory concert hall in Tokyo; the New York Philharmonic; Carnegie Hall; the Boston Symphony Orchestra; the Cincinnati Symphony; the Los Angeles Philharmonic; the Philadelphia Orchestra; the BBC Symphony; the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, DC; the Internationale Bach Akademie, Stuttgart; the Eastman Wind Ensemble; and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Many chamber works have resulted from commissions from major ensembles and festivals around the world. Rands emigrated to the United States in 1975 becoming an American Citizen in 1983. He has been honored by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters; B.M.I.; the Guggenheim Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; Meet the Composer; the Barlow, Fromm and Koussevitzky Foundations. Bernards Rands visited the Frost school to present a series of forums on his music.
John Corigliano *2009
The Frost School of Music celebrated the visit of composer John Corigliano to campus in the Fall of 2009 with a spectacular concert devoted to his music in the Adrienne Arsht performing Arts Center. That concert featured a performance of Corigliano’s Red Violin Concerto with soloist Jennifer Koh along with his monumental Circus Maximus for Wind Ensemble conducted by Gary Greene. John Corigliano (who received an Honorary Doctorate from The University of Miami in 2005) also gave a series of Master Classes and forums on his music for both students and the public at large. John Corigliano’s scores, now numbering over one hundred, have won him the Pulitzer Prize, the Grawemeyer Award, three Grammy Awards, and an Academy Award (“Oscar”) and have been performed and recorded by many of the most prominent orchestras, soloists, and chamber musicians in the world. Attentive listening to this music reveals an unconfined imagination, one which has taken traditional notions like “symphony” or “concerto” and redefined them in a uniquely transparent idiom forged as much from the post-war European avant garde as from his American forebears.
Philip Glass *2008
Philip Glass made a memorable visit to campus for a performance series devoted to selections from his operas. Through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble, and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie, Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times. The operas – “Einstein on the Beach,” “Satyagraha,” “Akhnaten,” and “The Voyage,” among many others – play throughout the world’s leading houses, and rarely to an empty seat. Glass has written music for experimental theater and for Academy Award-winning motion pictures such as “The Hours” and Martin Scorsese’s “Kundun,” while “Koyaanisqatsi,” his initial filmic landscape with Godfrey Reggio and the Philip Glass Ensemble, may be the most radical and influential mating of sound and vision since “Fantasia.” His associations, personal and professional, with leading rock, pop and world music artists date back to the 1960s, including the beginning of his collaborative relationship with artist Robert Wilson. Indeed, Glass is the first composer to win a wide, multi-generational audience in the opera house, the concert hall, the dance world, in film and in popular music—simultaneously.
Steve Reich at 70: A Celebration included two concerts and a master class as part of the Spring 2007 Stamps Family Distinguished Visitors Series. Steve Reich was recently called “…America’s greatest living composer” (The Village VOICE), “...the most original musical thinker of our time” (The New Yorker), and “...among the great composers of the century” (The New York Times). From his early taped speech pieces, It’s Gonna Rain (1965) and Come Out (1966), to his and video artist Beryl Korot’s digital video opera, Three Tales (2002), Reich’s path has embraced not only aspects of Western Classical music but also the structures, harmonies, and rhythms of non-Western and American vernacular music, particularly jazz. A New York native, Reich graduated from Cornell University and studied composition at the Juilliard School of Music and Mills College. His 1990 Grammy Award-winning piece, Different Trains, marked a new compositional method in which speech recordings generate the musical material for musical instruments. He won a second Grammy Award in 1999 for his piece, Music for 18 Musicians.
Christopher Rouse *2007
Gary Green’s commissioning of “Wolf Rounds” led to an exciting week-long visit by the composer as well as the premiere of the work by the Frost Wind Ensemble in Carnegie Hall in April of 2007. Christopher Rouse has recently been named Composer of the Year by Musical America for 2009. Best known for his masterful orchestral scores, Rouse has made a remarkable contribution to the repertoire with twenty-four symphonic works to date. His latest piece, the Concerto for Orchestra (which premiered at the Cabrillo Festival this past summer and will enjoy an East Coast premiere in Baltimore this Friday, November 21, led by Conductor of the Year Marin Alsop), marks RouseÕs eleventh concerto. His works have been performed by several orchestras this year including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra (Der gerettete Alberich), Dallas Symphony Orchestra (Symphony No. 2), Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Richmond Symphony (Trombone Concerto), and the New York Philharmonic (Rapture). Upcoming engagements include the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Rapture), the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (Friandises), the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (Der gerettete Alberich) and Aspen Music Festival (Oboe Concerto).A Baltimore native, Rouse currently resides in his hometown and teaches composition at The Juilliard School as well as serving as Visiting Composer at the Peabody Institute.