Distinguished American composer John Corigliano will be the special guest of the Western New York Chamber Orchestra when it performs on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. in Rosch Recital Hall at the State University of New York at Fredonia. He will also present a free master lecture, open to the campus and community.
Mr. Corigliano’s Grammy Award-winning work, “Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems by Bob Dylan” will be featured during the concert, with Mr. Corigliano joining members of a WNYCO chamber ensemble on stage to speak about his work.
Also on the program will be highlighted American works: “Time Cycles,” by Lukas Foss and “Canso D’Amore” by WNYCO Artistic Director and Conductor Glen Cortese. Three vocal soloists who are Fredonia School of Music alumni will be featured, including 2017 alumna Amy Cohen (M.M. Performance), 2016 alumna Lucille Susan (Mus.B. Vocal Performance) and 2017 alumna Julianna Grabowski (Mus.B. Vocal Performance and Music Education as a Piano major).
All students may attend the concert free of charge, with ID. Adult tickets are $20 each and are available through the Fredonia Ticket Office in the Williams Center or at the door the day of the concert. An open reception will follow the concert to meet and greet Mr. Corigliano.
On Saturday, Feb. 10, a master lecture with Mr. Corigliano will be held in Rosch Recital Hall from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. The event will feature Mr. Corigliano speaking on his many career successes including his Academy Award for Best Score for “The Red Violin,” his Pulitzer Prize for his Second Symphony, and his five Grammy Awards, including his Grammy for “Mr. Tamborine Man.” The lecture is free and open to the campus and community.
Corigliano serves on the composition faculty at the Juilliard School of Music and holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Music at Lehman College, City University of New York, which has established a scholarship in his name. Born in 1938 to John Corigliano Sr., a former concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, and Rose Buzen, an accomplished pianist and educator, Corigliano has lived in New York City all his life: for the past 14 years he and his partner, Mark Adamo, have divided their time between Manhattan and Kent Cliffs, New York.