The European Premiere performances of Lawrence Dillon's Terranean Meditation will be given in Italy by the Quartetto Sassofoni di Accademia on Saturday, February 25 - 6:30 PM at Teatro Savoia in Campobasso and on Sunday, February 26 in Sulmona.
The February 25 and 26 programs will also include music by Jean-Baptiste Singelee, Luca Salvadori, Jean Francaix, Aldemaro Romero and George Gershwin.
The composer calls Terranean Meditation "a meditation on the nature of the earth -- impervious, sensitive, perpetual, fragile," and writes about working with the ensemble, "This group is to Italian sax quartets what Prism is to American sax quartets. The same four guys have been together for 26 years; watching them rehearse is a real joy."
Also on February 26 at 3:00 PM, Dillon's Multiplicity will be performed by renowned violinist Danielle Belen and five of her students at Zipper Hall of The Colburn School, 200 South Grand Avenue in Los Angeles, California. This is part of Ms. Belen's Faculty Recital.
The composer writes about the piece, "Multiplicities abound in our daily lives, countless duplications, each of which we strive to personalize, to distinguish with our personal touch, our page, our device, our moment. The sheer number of individualities at times seems to swallow all distinctions into a burbling mass. But now and again a single voice emerges, is heard and can be celebrated. We are what each of us does; we are what all of us do."
The Quartetto di Sassofoni Accademia was founded 1984. The have made concert tours of Canada, the U.S., Poland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Venezuela, Brazil, Japan, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Austria, Malta, Greece, Turkey, Hungary, Croatia and Czechoslovakia. Visit them at http://www.accademiasax.com/inglese/index.html.
Danielle Belen has recently performed as soloist with the Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Nashville and San Francisco Symphonies, the Boston Pops, and the Florida and Cleveland Orchestras and has worked with conductors such as Franz Welser-Most, Robert Spano, Keith Lockhart, and Carl St. Clair.
Visit her at http://www.belenviolin.com/.
Lawrence Dillon is Composer in Residence at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and has had recent commissions and performances by the Emerson String Quartet, the Mansfield (OH) Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, the Salt Lake City Symphony, the Daedalus String Quartet, the University of Utah Philharmonia and the Idyllwild (CA) Symphony Orchestra. He has won awards from ASCAP, the Juilliard School, the Ravinia Festival, the International Horn Society, the American Music Center, CRS and many other organizations. His music is published by American Composers Editions. Naxos has issued Lawrence Dillon Violin Music (Catalogue No: 8.559644 - http://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=8.559644), featuring seven chamber works performed by violinist Danielle Belen, 2008 Grand Prize Winner of the Sphinx Competition. His other recent, critically-acclaimed CD release, Insects and Paper Airplanes, is on the Bridge label - http://www.bridgerecords.com/catpage.php?call=9332. Visit his website at http://www.lawrencedillon.com/.