Steve Reich (pictured) has been called by The New York Times "America's greatest living composer." He won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 2009 for his composition "Double Sextet", one of many major awards that he has won during his life. In September, 2006, Nonesuch records produced its second box set of his works, a 5-disc set of 14 of his best-known works, spanning the 20 years that Steve has recorded for that label.
R. Murray Schafer is a Canadian composer and was the first winner of the International Glenn Gould prize. He is perhaps the best-known and most honored Canadian composer. Today hear his composition "Dream Rainbow, Dream Thunder", conceived when he was living in Switzerland. This music, a fantasy for orchestra, was born "out of love of the music of Wagner," whose style can be heard in the improvisations in this piece. Through his diverse musical performance projects, Schafer has proven to be an outstanding creator who can project notable artistic and social messages.
Paul Salerni’s music “pulses with life, witty musical ideas and instrumental color” ~The Philadelphia Inquirer, and has been described by The New York Times as “impressive” and “playful.” His one-act opera Tony Caruso’s Final Broadcast won the National Opera Association’s Chamber Opera competition in 2007. He received his PhD at Harvard, and is currently the NEH Distinguished Chair in the Humanities and Professor of Music at Lehigh University.
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.