DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Arts Building Music Rehearsal Hall, ARTS 157
Thea Musgrave, composer
Jack Van Zandt, composer
Composer Thea Musgrave talks about her life and works in conversation with Jack Van Zandt. The event is part of Musgrave’s 90th birthday celebrations.
Rich and powerful musical language and a strong sense of drama have made Scottish-American composer Thea Musgrave one of the most respected and exciting contemporary composers in the Western world.
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland on 27 May 1928, she studied first at the University of Edinburgh and later at the Conservatoire in Paris, where she spent four years as a pupil of Nadia Boulanger, before establishing herself back in London as a prominent member of British musical life. In 1970 she became Guest Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, which anchored her increasing involvement with the musical life of the United States. In 1971 she married the American opera conductor Peter Mark, and has resided in the U.S. since 1972. In 1974 she received the Koussevitzky Award, resulting in the composition of Space Play, which after its London premier was performed in New York by the Lincoln Center Chamber Players. She has also been awarded two Guggenheim Fellowships, in 1974-75, and again in 1982-83, and was recognized with honorary degrees by Old Dominion University (Virginia), Smith College, Glasgow University and in May 2004, the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She was awarded a C.B.E. on the Queen's New Year's Honour List in January 2002. As Distinguished Professor at Queens College, City University of New York from September 1987-2002, Musgrave has guided and interacted with many new and gifted young student composers.
Jack Van Zandt is a Los Angeles composer of music for concerts, public spaces, and gallery installations, as well as for TV, film and advertising. He studied composition with Alexander Goehr, Peter Maxwell Davies, Thea Musgrave, Peter Racine Fricker, and Emma Lou Diemer. His concert music has been performed in the USA and in Europe, where he lived and worked for 20 years. His commercial music, composed in partnership with Joel Wachbrit, appears frequently on national broadcast and cable television. He is on the board of directors of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Composers Forum, and was president 2014-17. He is an experienced music educator, a frequent guest university lecturer, and was a Visiting Artist at CalArts during the Spring 2017 term.
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