Lawrence Dillon Amadeus ex machina To Be Performed on June 4 at Spoleto
Lawrence Dillon's 'Amadeus ex machina' will be performed by the Spoleto
Festival USA Orchestra under their Conductor John Kennedy on Sunday,
June 4 - 5:00 PM at Grace Episcopal Church, 98 Wentworth Street in
Charleston, South Carolina.
This concert is being presented as part of Spoleto Festival USA's
Intermezzi series of hour-long concerts, which offer another perspective
on the work of various composers performed throughout the Festival.
Sponsored by Ginn Clubs & Resorts, this program will counterpoint Dillon's
Amadeus ex machine, Michael Nyman's short work for soprano and chamber
ensemble Mozart on Mortality and other works with Mozart's own Masonic
Tickets for this concert are $25 general admission. For tickets and
information, call the Spoleto Festival USA box office at 843-579-3100
or visit them online at http://www.spoletousa.org.
Premiered by the Carolina Chamber Symphony in 2002, 'Amadeus ex machina'
has already gone on to international recognition, winning a special
commendation from the Masterprize Panel in London and serving as
contemporary competition piece for the Vakhtang Jordania International
Conducting Competition in Kharkov, Ukraine. It has also been performed
by the Louisville Orchestra and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. The
composer has described the work as 'a whimsical re-imagining of Mozart's
40th symphony from the perspective of a sophisticated - but somewhat
disoriented - machine.' Read his complete program note and view score
excerpts at http://www.lawrencedillon.com/amadeus.php.
Hailed by the Louisville Courier-Journal for his 'compelling, innate
soulfulness,' Lawrence Dillon has produced an extensive body of work
characterized by a keen sensitivity to color and a mastery of traditional
forms. A student of Vincent Persichetti, Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter,
David Diamond, and Roger Sessions, Dillon became at the age of 26 the
youngest composer to earn a doctorate at the Juilliard School (1985),
also winning the Gretchaninoff Prize and an ASCAP Young Composers Award.
Currently Composer-in-Residence at the North Carolina School for the
Arts, Dillon holds residencies at numerous summer festivals, and has
been awarded grants from the American Music Center and National Endowment
for the Arts, among others. His works have received special commendation
from the 2003 Masterprize of London, been chosen for the 2002 Jordania
International Conducting Competition in Kharkov, Ukraine and been performed
and broadcast throughout the Americas and Europe. His lively Sequenza
21 blog 'An Infinite Number of Curves' can be read at
He is the subject of the January 2006 American Composer feature by Kyle
Gann in Chamber Music Magazine. Visit his website at
He is represented by Jeffrey James Arts Consulting - 516-586-3433 - phone
and fax, to whom inquiries about his music can be directed.
Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
45 Grant Avenue
Farmingdale, NY 11735 USA