Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Melinda Wagner will discuss her music in a master class, open to students and the public.
Friday, Nov. 30, 11:45 AM-1:00 PM, Morphy Hall
“Hailed as an “…eloquent, poetic voice in contemporary music..,” in whose works “…spectacular sounds abound…” [American Record Guide], Melinda Wagner achieved widespread attention when her colorful Concerto for Flute, Strings and Percussion was awarded the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in Music.
Since then, major compositions have included Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra, written for Joseph Alessi and the New York Philharmonic; and a piano concerto, Extremity of Sky, commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for Emanuel Ax, who has also performed it with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, the Staatskapelle Berlin, and the Kansas City Symphony. In all, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has commissioned three works by Wagner: Falling Angels, Extremity of Sky, and a forthcoming work.
Other recent commissions include Little Moonhead, for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; Scamp, for the United States Marine Band; and Pan Journal, for Elizabeth Hainen and the Juilliard String Quartet. Ms. Wagner’s chamber works have been performed by many leading ensembles including the American Brass Quintet, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the New York New Music Ensemble, and the Empyrean Ensemble.
She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, three ASCAP Young Composer Awards, an honorary degree from Hamilton College, and a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Pennsylvania. Project support has come from the Barlow Endowment, the Fromm and Koussevitzky Foundations, and the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust.”
Ms. Wagner currently serves on the faculty of the Juilliard School of Music.