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      Lasting Impressions

      Monday, May 13, 2013, All Day

      We asked around a dozen leading figures in the classical music world, “What piece written in the last 25 years do you think will still be heard in 100 years?” Throughout the day we will feature these works, along with commentary by the people who chose them.

      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Auld Swaara (1992) by Stephen Hartke

      About our panelist:

      Anthony Tommasini

      ANTHONY TOMMASINI is chief music critic for The New York Times. He has authored two books: Virgil Thomson: Composer on the Aisle, which received the 1998 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, and Opera: A Critic's Guide to the 100 Most Important Works and the Best Recordings.

      About the composer:

      Stephen Hartke

      STEPHEN HARTKE (b. 1952) teaches at USC's Thornton School of Music and is composer in residence for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He has written pieces for numerous ensembles, including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Glimmerglass Opera, the New York Philharmonic, and the National Symphony Orchestra. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, two awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His composition Meanwhile - Incidental Music to Imaginary Puppet Plays won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition in 2013. Hartke is a native of Orange, New Jersey.

      Mirage for Five Players (1990) by Shulamit Ran

      About our panelist:

      Cliff Colnott

      CLIFF COLNOTT is an active composer, arranger and conductor. He has served as assistant conductor to Daniel Barenboim's West-Eastern Divan Workshops for young musicians from Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Syria and other countries around the Middle East; he has served as assistant conductor to Pierre Boulez at the Lucerne Festival Academy, and is principal conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's MusicNOW series. He also conducts Contempo at the University of Chicago, as well as ensembles at DePaul University and Indiana University.

      About the composer:

      Shulamit Ran

      SHULAMIT RAN (b. 1949) was born in Tel Aviv and moved to New York City at the age of 14. She won the Pulitzer Prize for her Symphony in 1990. She has served as composer-in-residence to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and to Lyric Opera of Chicago, and has been on the faculty of the University of Chicago since 1973.

      Zwei Gefühle..., Music for Leonardo (1992) by Helmut Lachenmann

      "Soon, two things rose up in me: fear and desire -- the fear of the dark and threatening cave, and the desire to see if there was nothing mysterious there." -- Leonardo da Vinci

      About our panelist:

      Hans Thomalla

      HANS THOMALLA is a composer and educator. He was born in Bonn and is based in Chicago. He serves as Co-Director of the Institute for New Music at the Beinen School of Music at Northwestern University. Though he has written both chamber and orchestral works, his primary interest is in composing music for the stage. His 2011 opera, Fremd, was premiered by the Stuttgart Opera.

      About the composer:

      Helmut Lachenmann

      HELMUT LACHENMANN (b. 1935) was born in Stuttgart. At age 11, he joined a church choir and began composing in his teens. In the 1970s he began a long association giving lectures in Darmstadt, and teaching composition in Hannover, and later in Stuttgart. He is particularly noted for his articles and essays. He has been visiting professor at Harvard and a composer-in-residence at Oberlin. He's noted for pushing technical boundaries for instruments and players alike.

      Momentum for Orchestra (1998) by Chen Yi

      About our panelist:

      Seth Boustead

      SETH BOUSTEAD studied composition at the Chicago College for the Performing Arts. He is co-founder and Executive Director of Access Contemporary Music, a Chicago based organization devoted to promoting living composers. Passionate about silent films, Seth created the Sound of Silent Film Festival in 2005, which brings together live musicians, living composers and contemporary filmmakers. Seth is host of WFMT's Relevant Tones.

      About the composer:

      Chen Yi

      CHEN YI (b. 1953), a composer and violinist, was born in Mainland China. Both her parents were Christian, doctors as well as musicians, starting their daughter on the piano at age three. In 1966, with the start of the Cultural Revolution, her studies on piano and violin were driven underground and her family was scattered. When she was 15, the Red Guards searched the family home, confiscating their music collection and all their possessions; Chen was sent to labor in the countryside, where she was forced to haul rocks uphill. She was allowed to keep her violin in order to play revolutionary songs for local farmers. Her time in the country proved to be formative for her voice as a composer. Chen Yi joined her husband in the United States in 1986, becoming a U.S. citizen in 1999.

      Harmonielehre (1985) by John Adams

      About our panelist:

      JOHN VON RHEIN has been Critic at the Chicago Tribune for 33 years. He's also written for Opera magazine, Gramophone, American Record Guide, Opera News, Fanfare, Vanity Fair, Ovation, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and Opera Now. As a program annotator, John has written liner notes for Sony BMG, Sony Classical, Pro Arte and Stradivari. He grew up in southern California where he studied violin, English and Music History.

      About the composer:

      John Adams

      JOHN ADAMS (b. 1947) grew up in New England where he studied clarinet with his father. He started composing at age 10 and heard his first orchestral pieces performed while still a teenager. He earned two degrees at Harvard before relocating to Northern California in 1971. His orchestral piece, On the Transmigration of Souls, won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, in addition to three Grammy Awards. His operas include Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer, and Doctor Atomic, which have all been staged in a number of major opera houses. Adams also conducts wide-ranging repertoire with orchestras around the world.

      Songs of Ascension (2008) by Meredith Monk

      About our panelist:

      Anne Midgette

      ANNE MIDGETTE is chief classical music critic for The Washington Post. Prior to writing for The Post, she wrote reviews for a number of publications including The Wall Street Journal, Opera News and The New York Times. Midgette is co-author of two biographies: The King and I (2004), which she wrote with Herbert Breslin about his 36 years managing tenor Luciano Pavarotti. A second biography she wrote with pianist Leon Fleisher, My Nine Lives (2010).

      About the composer:

      Meredith Monk

      MEREDITH MONK (b. 1942) is a native New Yorker; composer, singer, director/choreographer and creator of new opera, music-theater works, films and installations. A pioneer in what is now called “extended vocal technique” and “interdisciplinary performance,” Monk creates works that thrive at the intersection of music and movement, image and object, light and sound in an effort to discover and weave together new modes of perception. Monk is the recipient of many awards including the MacArthur “Genius” Award and two Guggenheim Fellowships.

      Millenium Designs (2000) for Violin and Piano by Ralph Shapey

      About our panelist:

      Andrew Patner

      Andrew Patner writes music reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times and is Critic-at-Large for WFMT. He is the author of I.F. Stone: A Portrait and other publications. Andrew Patner hosts and produces Critical Thinking, a weekly one-hour program of conversation about the arts, heard each Monday night at 10 p.m.; Critic's Choice, weekly commentaries heard Wednesdays at 10 a.m., Saturdays after the opera broadcast or after From the Recording Horn, and Sundays at 8:30 a.m.; and coverage of all of the international and U.S. tours of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as well as other special programs and projects.

      About the composer:

      Ralphy Shapey

      RALPH SHAPEY (b. 1921 - d. 2002) Ralph Shapey delighted in being called a "radical traditionalist." The Guardian called him "one of the fiercest American-modernist lions." He was a longtime professor at the University of Chicago and taught at the University of Pennsylvania prior to that. Shapey was born in Philadelphia.

      Piano Concerto (2005-06) by David Rakowski

      About our panelist:

      Augusta Read Thomas

      AUGUSTA READ THOMAS was born in Glen Cove, New York. She taught composition at the Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University and at the Tanglewood Festival; she is now Professor of Composition at the University of Chicago. From 1997-2006, she served as Composer in Residence to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

      About the composer:

      David Rakowski

      DAVID RAKOWSKI (b. 1958) was born in St. Albans, Vermont. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, and winner of the Rome Prize, and shas twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He has taught composition at his alma mater, New England Conservatory, as well as at Harvard, Columbia and Stanford. He presently teaches at Brandeis University.

      Anna Nicole, an opera in two acts (2008-10) by Mark-Anthony Turnage

      About our panelist:

      Patricia Morehead

      PATRICIA MOREHEAD is a composer, oboist and founder of the CUBE Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. She served as president of the International Alliance of Women in Music. She studied at the University of Chicago and teaches at Columbia College and at Dominican University, River Forest and at Merit School of Music.

      About the composer:

      Mark-Anthony Turnage

      MARK-ANTHONY TURNAGE (b. 1960) is a composer of operas, ballets, orchestral, choral and chamber works; was born in Corringham, Essex and studied with Oliver Knussen (who is also featured in Lasting Impressions). He was composer-in-residence to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2006.

      Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ (1973) by Steve Reich

      About our panelist:

      Tim Page

      TIM PAGE was for a longtime music critic for the Washington Post where he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. He is now professor or journalism and music at the University of Southern California.

      About the composer:

      Steve Reich

      STEVE REICH (b. 1936) is one of America's most highly acclaimed composers, collecting numerous awards including the Praemium Imperial Award in Music, the Pulitzer Prize and the Polar Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. Many of the world's great orchestras and ensembles have performed his works; he's collaborated with such composers as Luciano Berio and Darius Milhaud. Steve Reich was born in New York and grew up there and in California.

      Requiem, Songs for Sue for soprano and chamber ensemble (2005-06) by Oliver Knussen

      About our panelist:

      Marc Neikrug

      MARC NEIKRUG has written works for the New York Philharmonic, the Pittsburg Symphony and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Tokyo and Vermeer String Quartets. Presently, he serves as artistic director of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

      About the composer:

      Oliver Knussen

      OLIVER KNUSSEN (b. 1952) grew up in a musical household. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland; his father was principal bass of the London Symphony Orchestra, and played the premieres of many works by Benjamin Britten, who proved to be very encouraging to young Oliver. Oliver Knussen has had a long relationship with the Tanglewood Festival, first as a composition student of Gunther Schuller, and later as the Head of Contemporary Music Activities at Tanglewood. Knussen twice collaborated with author Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are), including writing an opera on the story. Knussen was a prodigious young composer, at the age of 15, conducted the premiere of his First Symphony with none other than the London Symphony Orchestra.

      Concerto de Toronto by Leo Brouwer

      About our panelist:

      Elbio Barilari

      ELBIO BARILARI is a composer, teacher and host of WFMT's Fiesta. Elbio was born in Uruguay; he first studied at the conservatory in Montevideo, then in Brazil and later in Germany where he was an active performer on clarinet and saxophone. While in Germany, he studied with a number of composers including Helmut Lachenmann, one of Lasting Impressions' featured composers. Elbio settled in the United States in 1998 where he teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago and regularly collaborates with the University of Chicago, the Grant Park Music Festival, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Children's Choir.

      About the composer:

      Leo Brouwer

      LEO BROUWER (b. 1939) was born in Havana, Cuba. As a boy he began playing guitar with his father and then studied formally with Isaac Nicola. He came to the U.S. to study at the University of Hartford and at Juilliard. He performed all over the world until sustaining an injury to his right hand in the 1980s. He has been a prolific composer of music for the guitar and for film, having written over forty film scores. Brouwer lives in his native Cuba where he is a tireless advocate for music.

      Violin Concerto Concentric Paths (2005) by Thomas Adès

      About our panelist:

      David Robertson

      DAVID ROBERTSON is Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony and appears as guest conductor with orchestras around the world, including the Chicago Symphony, the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, as well as many opera companies, including La Scala, Santa Fe, San Francisco and the Metropolitan Opera. David Robertson grew up in Malibu, CA.

      About the composer:

      Thomas Ades

      THOMAS ADÈS (b. 1971) was born in London and entered the Guildhall School of Music when he was 12. From 1999-2008 he was Artistic Director at the Alderburgh Festival. His opera, The Tempest was commissioned by Covent Garden. It has since been staged at the Santa Fe Opera, the Frankfurt Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, a production he conducted himself. Sir Simon Rattle commissioned Asyla for his opening concert as Music Director of the Berlin Philharmonic in 2002. Adès' Violin Concerto was premiered by the Berlin Philharmonic in 2005.