Welcoming Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer Joseph Schwantner
On Friday, February 23, Pulitzer prize winning composer Joseph Schwantner will be on campus to work with the UNH Wind Symphony on his piece entitled New Morning for the World. The piece is conducted Dan Buchner, second year graduate student, and narrated by Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Reginald Wilburn.
The concert will he held on Monday, February 26 at 8 pm in Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center.
Joseph Schwantner, known for his dramatic and unique style and as a gifted orchestral colorist, is one of the most prominent American composers today. He holds degrees from the Chicago Conservatory and Northwestern University and previously served on the Juilliard, Eastman and Yale faculties. Schwantner is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has received numerous awards, grants, and fellowships, including the Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for his orchestral composition, Aftertones of Infinity.
New Morning for the World is a powerful piece drawing inspiration from texts of the late Martin Luther King, Jr. The piece itself, in addition to musicians, calls for a narrator to take on the role of Martin Luther King, Jr. It was written in the summer of 1982 and was premiered on January 15, 1983 by the Eastman Philharmonia. In 2007 a Florida State University doctoral candidate, Nikk Pilato, transcribed Schwantner’s piece for wind ensemble. (notes from the program/Dan Buchner)