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Music in Time: John Kennedy, Composer Colloquium Series at UC Berkeley

Day & Time: Friday, September 7, 2012, 3-4:30 PM
Location: Morrison Hall, Elkus Room 125, UC Berkeley

Featured Speaker: John Kennedy, Resident Conductor, Spoleto Festival USA

Composer and conductor John Kennedy is a dynamic and energetic figure in American music. Recognized for his artistic leadership, imaginative programming, audience development, and expertise in the music of our time, Kennedy has conducted celebrated performances of opera, ballet, standard orchestral and new music. His own compositions, from operas to chamber works, are praised for their new lyricism and luminous sound.

Kennedy presently serves as the Resident Conductor to Spoleto Festival USA, in a central role planning and leading many of the Festival’s “highly regarded presentations of music” (The Wall Street Journal, June, 2007). He is the Artistic Director of Santa Fe New Music, which presents diverse and contextualized programming to wide sectors of the community. He has guest conducted for many organizations including New York City Ballet and the Lincoln Center Festival, and 2010 will be a Guest Conductor in Residence at the Oberlin Conservatory. Mr. Kennedy has led countless premieres and worked with many leading composers of our time in performances of their work, including Robert Ashley, Henry Brant, John Cage, Lou Harrison, and Steve Reich. He has conducted numerous American premieres of leading international work, including orchestral works by Michel van der Aa, Brett Dean, Pascal Dusapin, Michael Nyman, Wolfgang Rihm, Kaija Saariaho, Somei Satoh, and Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky.

As a composer, Kennedy has a distinct compositional voice which has proven extremely appealing to audiences and musicians. His works have been performed worldwide and featured at major festivals including the Paris Festival d’Automne, London’s Wigmore Hall Piano Fest, the Melbourne Festival, Aspekte Salzburg, the Zurich June Festival, the Singapore Arts Festival, the Grand Teton Festival, Colorado Music Festival, and the Kanagawa Arts Festival. He has been commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera (Trinity, 2007), Sarasota Opera (The Language of Birds, 2004), the Contemporary Youth Orchestra of Cleveland, Bay Area Pianists, the Walt Whitman Project, and many others. Numerous choreographers have worked with Mr. Kennedy’s music, including Albert Evans in a solo ballet for Peter Boal, and Mr. Boal in a work for Pacific Northwest Ballet.

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Refreshments: Reception follows

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