Margaret Fairlie-Kennedy

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<p><p>Margaret Carrick Fairlie Margaret was born on March 27, 1925, to Andrew Miller Fairlie, Jr. and Lucia<br />
Cabiness Peeples Fairlie in Atlanta, Georgia. She passed away at her<br />
home in Ithaca on Saturday, December 7, 2013. She graduated from the<br />
Julliard School of Music and held a Master's degree from the Converse<br />
College School of Music, where she studied composition with Wallingford<br />
Riegger. She wrote for various chamber and orchestral groups, including<br />
contemporary dance and mixed-media works. Awards and grants include<br />
those from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment<br />
for the Humanities, the Georgia Commission on the Arts, and the Cornell<br />
Council for Creative and Performing Arts. Other commissions include<br />
those from the New Arts Gallery in Atlanta, the Walker Arts Center in<br />
Minneapolis, and the Cornell University Theatre Arts Department. <br><br>Musical<br />
groups performing her works include the Alabama Symphony, the Atlanta<br />
Chamber Players, the Relâche Ensemble of Philadelphia, the Eastman<br />
School of Music, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, the Society of Composers<br />
Inc., the National Conferences at Florida International University and<br />
Syracuse University, and abroad in Paris, Uppsala, and Beijing. She was<br />
the winner in composition in the New York Women Composers, the Tampa Bay<br />
Composers Forum, and the Philadelphia Classical Symphony's Maxfield<br />
Parrish competitions. Margaret's CDs include Summer Solstice, her<br />
composition for small orchestra featured in the album Dances of Eternity<br />
(Navona Records). <br><br>She studied film-making at Ithaca College, and filmed<br />
and recorded music and dance of tribal populations in India and<br />
Pakistan, and village dances in Sri Lanka with her husband, Dr. Kenneth<br />
A. R. Kennedy, an anthropologist at Cornell University. They were<br />
married in 1969 in Atlanta, in the company of her family. Margaret was<br />
preceded in death by her sister, Lillian Fairlie. She is survived by her<br />
twin sister, Lucia Walker Fairlie Pulgram, and brother-in-law William<br />
L. Pulgram of Atlanta; her brother, Andrew Miller Fairlie, and<br />
sister-in-law Mary Ann Fairlie of St. Petersburg, Florida; and twelve<br />
nieces and nephews. Margaret's funeral is scheduled for Monday, December<br />
16, at 3 PM at St. John's Episcopal Church, Ithaca, with Father Richard<br />
Towers presiding. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the<br />
SPCA of Tompkins County, Ithaca, or to St. John's Episcopal Church.<br />
Arrangements are by the Bangs Funeral Home. --Published in Ithaca Journal on Dec.11,2013<br />
<br><br></p>

Biography

Atlanta-born Margaret Fairlie-Kennedy (1925-2013) was commissioned
by many contemporary dance companies and chamber groups, and worked with
noted choreographers Takehiro Ueyama in New York, Bill Bayles at Bennington
College, and Peggy Lawler at Cornell. Her music extends the usual sonorities of
the instruments and has a strong rhythmic drive at its core.

She composed works for voice, orchestra, and mixed media. She was Composer in Residence for Dance and Theater Arts at Bennington College and Cornell University. Awards and Grants include the NEA and NEH Endowments, the Georgia Commission on the Arts, Meet the Composer grants ,and the Cornell Council for Creative and Performing Arts. She was a winner in the Philadelphia Classical Symphony/Maxfield Parrish and Women Composers' Showcase, New Jersey City University, competitions, with her work Desert Echoes.

Commissions included the Walker Art Center, Cornell Theater Arts Dept., several choreographers and commissions for 20th and 21st century works. Performances included the Alabama Symphony. Atlanta String Quartet and Relache Ensemble; venues at Eastman School of music, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, the Bowling Green College of Musical Arts Festival,''05, and abroad in Paris, Upsala and Beijing. Her music is  published by ACA, the SCI Journal of Music Scores, and EC Schirmer Publishing. CD recordings are available on Capstone and Euterpe labels. Fairlie-Kennedy was a member of ACA, SCI, AMC, IAWM, NYCC and BMI.

Reviewers have commented: "Expressive use of a 12 tone row...eloquence and energy... atmospheric and dreamy" N.Y. Times. "extended the usual sonorities of the instruments... its emotional focus was strong and the expressive range of the instruments spoke well for the composer's gift." Philadelphia Inquirer; "Mr. Ueyama's opening dance was set to urgent and atmospheric music by Margaret Fairlie-Kennedy" N.Y. Times Dance Review. '05.

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fairliekennedydesert_echoes_excerpt.mp3
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FairlieKennedy4images.mp3
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FairlieKennedySummerSulstice.mp3
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