Requiem for Rice presents and the Colour of Music Festival present: April lectures by REQUIEM composer,
Dr. Trevor Weston
Dr. Trevor Weston, composer for "Requiem for Rice" and Professor, Drew University, Department of Music. Dr. Trevor Weston’s music has been called a “gently syncopated marriage of intellect and feeling.” (Detroit Free Press) Weston’s honors include the George Ladd Prix de Paris from the University of California, Berkeley, a Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the MacDowell Colony. The Boston Children’s Chorus commissioned Weston’s Truth Tones for a national television broadcast honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 2009. The Washington Chorus, directed by Julian Wachner, featured Weston’s music in the first annual “New Music for a New Age” concert series in 2009.
In 2010, Trilogy: An Opera Company premiered Trevor Weston’s 50-minute dramatic work 4 honoring the lives of the four girls killed in the 1963 Birmingham AL church bombing. The Manhattan Choral Ensemble premiered Weston’s Paths of Peace in 2012 for choir and chamber orchestra using the text of the Long Island slave, Jupiter Hammond. Griot Legacies celebrates the African American Spiritual in new ways for Adult choir, Children’s choir and orchestra. Premiered by the Boston Landmarks Orchestra in 2014, this work demonstrated Weston’s, “knack for piquant harmonies, evocative textures, and effective vocal writing,” (Boston Globe).
Dr. Weston’s musical education began at the prestigious St. Thomas Choir school in NYC at the age of ten. He received his B.A. from Tufts University and continued his studies at the University of California, Berkeley where he earned his M. A. and Ph. D. in Music Composition. His primary composition teachers were T. J. Anderson, Olly Wilson, Andrew Imbrie and Richard Felciano. Dr. Weston is currently a Professor of Music at Drew University in Madison, NJ.
With Support from:
Monday April 10, 2017 - 7pm
"Time-Binding: Communicating History with Music," an Interactive Presentation
Afro-American Music Institute
7131 Hamilton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
Tuesday April 11, 2017 - 4:30pm
"Composing as Confirmation," a public lecture
Carnegie Mellon University
Margaret Morrison 103 Breed Hall
April 1 - June 30, 2017
REQUIEM FOR RICE Executive Producer, Jonathan Green's, poster collection will be on display at the AWC as part of the John and Vivian Hewitt Collection Exhibit. More info is available at: www.artspulsellc.com
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