Lawrence Dillon’s The Better Angels of Our Nature for narrator and piano trio will be one of the featured pieces in Concert Dance, Inc.’s Ravinia Festival performances on Thursday, June 6 and Friday, June 7 at 7:30 PM each evening in Bennett Gordon Hall, located in the John D. Harza Building at the southwest corner of Ravinia Park, 200 Ravinia Park Road in Highland Park, Illinois. These performances are presented in cooperation with the 2013 Ruth Page Festival of Dance at Ravinia.
A work inspired by the words of Abraham Lincoln, The Better Angels of Our Nature is based on his personal letters. The Dillon score was one of three winners selected from Ravinia's first composition competition in July 2008, created to spur new works inspired by Lincoln’s words. It has had over forty performances in eleven cities. See a video performance of the work here.
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.