Eleanor Cory, a New Jersey native, studied at several musical
schools, including Sarah Lawrence College, Harvard, and Columbia
University. She has taught at Yale University, Manhattan School of Music
and other institutions. “An invitation to rediscover the compositions of Eleanor Cory arises
from the consideration of the beauty of her musical interlockings; she
emphasizes the essential role of the instruments used in the composition, she
builds for each of them the best language possible.” Ettore
Percorsi Musicali, October 2015. She
has been the recipient of many awards, and her works have been performed in the
U. S., Canada, Soviet Union, England, and Poland.
George Walker is a black composer and pianist who has shown tremendous range in both areas in a career spanning seven decades. As a pianist, he played a tour of seven European countries which established his importance as a pianist of international stature. As a composer, he has more than 90 published compositions for orchestra, chamber ensemble, and voice. He became the first living composer/pianist to be inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.
Curt Cacioppo was born in Ohio in 1951. His music has "expressive power and emotional appeal which continue to captivate listeners and performers worlwide." His inspirations are as diverse as the medieval poetry of Dante and Native American culture. In 1977 he won a Lifetime Achievement award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Among his many commissions, he has written music for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Quartetto di Venezia, the International Venice Festival, and the New York Chamber Brass.
Russ Salk will bring his collection of recordings by contemporary composers for your listening pleasure. Enjoy musical excerpts and learn a bit about selected contemporary composers. Registration is appreciated.