World famous composer Lawrence Dillon to perform at TTU

Posted by Lori Shull - Tuesday, September 11 2012


thumb Atlantic1One of the most sought-after composers alive today will speak at Tennessee Tech University during a concert of his work.

TTU violin professor Wei Tsun Chang and the other members of the Atlantic Ensemble will perform a concert of works by Lawrence Dillon, including the world premiere of “Saturn Dreams Mercury,” which was written for the Atlantic Ensemble.

Another of Dillon’s pieces was recently premiered by the Emerson Quartet, the most famous string quartet in the U.S.

“The thing that impressed us to no end was his degree of craftsmanship, coupled with a fantastic imagination,” said David Finckel, cellist with the Emerson Quartet. “He seems to have an unending font of ideas.”

Before the concert, Dillon will talk about his compositional techniques, inspiration and collaborations with other musicians.

Dillon became the youngest composer to graduate with a doctoral degree from The Juilliard School in 1985, despite losing half of his hearing in a childhood illness. He joined the Juilliard faculty immediately after graduating, and he serves as the composer in residence at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

After the performance, there will be a question and answer session.

In addition to Chang, the Atlantic Ensemble is composed of Seanad Dunigan Chang, viola; Kirsten Cassel, cello and Jennifer Q. McGuire, piano.

Guest violinist David Davidson will join the Atlantic Ensemble for the performance, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, in the Wattenbarger Auditorium in TTU’s Bryan Fine Arts Building. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert is sponsored by TTU’s Center Stage.