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On Tuesday, October 19, 2010, at 7:00 pm at the auditorium of the Hellenic American Union, Gunther Schuller delivers a lecture in English entitled The future of classical music and symphony orchestras. A discussion with the public follows.
The program continues with concert in which the Aeolus Quintet performs works for wind instruments and piano by Gunther Schuller, as well as two pieces by Beethoven and Ravel especially adapted by the artist for the wind quintet. Composer, conductor and President of the Greek Composers’ Union Theodore Antoniou will speak before the concert, which has been organized in cooperation with the Hellenic American University and the Greek Composers’ Union.
Gunther Schuller has been called the ‘eminence grise’ of the jazz –classical movement. He has been at the forefront of new developments in American music for more than 60 years. He began playing the French horn at age 16 with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, where he performed with Arturo Toscanini. He also played with the American Ballet Theater and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra before becoming principal horn in New York’s Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (1945 to 1959).
In the 50’s, Mr. Schuller began a conducting career focusing largely on contemporary music and was recruited by pianist John Lewis and trumpeter Miles Davis to play on a seminal recording that would later become known as the “Birth of the Cool” session. He was central in precipitating a new stylistic marriage between progressive factions of jazz and classical, founding the Modern Jazz Society, and coining the term “The Third Stream.” Between 1967 and 1977, he was president of the New England Conservatory and in 1980 started the GM Recordings label. Over his career he has written more than 180 jazz and classical orchestral works, as well as two operas.
Mr. Schuller has been on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and Yale University, and was for many years head of contemporary music activities at Tanglewood Music Center. He has garnered many of the most prestigious awards, among them the Pulitzer Prize (1994), the Gold Medal for Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1997), and a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award” (1991).
|Organizer||Hellenic American Union, Greek Composers Union, Hellenic American University|
|Venue||Hellenic American Union Auditorium|
|Participants||Vangelis Stathoulopoulos, Yannis Tselikas, Angelos Politis, Spyros Kakos, Giorgos Faroungias, Eleni Ntafeka|
|Admission Fee||Admission is free|