The Bowdoin 80th Birthday Concert Celebration for composer Elliott Schwartz (b.1936) will take place on Friday, February 19th at 7:30pm in Studzinski Recital Hall on the Bowdoin campus. Bowdoin's Beckwith Artist-in-Residence, pianist George Lopez will interview the composer on stage as part of the program.
The nationally renowed Bowdoin College, where the composer has taught since1964, will present musical works of Elliott Schwartz, including Suite for Viola & Piano, Four Maine Haiku, Blossoms and Cannons, Memorabilia, Hearing David (in Memoriam David Gamper), and Souvenir for clarinet and piano. Artists scheduled to perform include violist Kimberly Lehmann, clarinetist Maria Wagner, and pianists John McDonald, George Lopez, Chiharu Naruse, and Elliott Schwartz. As part of the program, George Lopez will interview the composer on stage. Another birthday concert for Elliott will take place in September at Symphony Space in New York City.
Elliott Schwartz studied composition with Otto Luening and Jack Beeson at Columbia University. He has recently retired from the faculty at Bowdoin College, where he served for 43 years, twelve of them as department chair. His many extended residencies and/or visiting professorships include Ohio State University, the University of California (San Diego and Santa Barbara), Harvard, Oxford, and Cambridge. Schwartz’s compositions have been performed by such groups as the Minnesota Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, and the Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands and featured at numerous international music centers and festivals including Tanglewood, the Library of Congress, Monday Evening Concerts (Los Angeles), DeIjsbreker (Amsterdam), Music of the Americas (London), and the European Youth Orchestra Festival (Copenhagen).
Fri. Feb. 19
Studzinski Recital Hall