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Talk: Modern Orpheus and New Symphonies

American composer John Harbison, one of today’s leading musicians, will speak about his work as composer, conductor, and scholar for the arts, including his influences from literature (in particular, the poetic responses to the Orpheus myth) and his work on the music of J. S. Bach as part of the MillerComm Lecture series.

In 2008, Swanlund Professor Nathan Gunn and the Boston Symphony premiered Mr. Harbison’s Symphony No. 5, based on responses to the Orpheus myth by poets Czeslaw Miolsz, Louis Gluck, and Rainer Maria Rilke. The University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra will perform this work with Professor Gunn, and with the composer conducting. The concert is scheduled for October 22, 7:30pm, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Hosted by: School of Music

In conjunction with: Composition and Theory Area, Department of Dance, Department of English, Department of History, Department of the Classics, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Musicology Area, Spurlock Museum

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For further information on this event, contact Katya Reno at or (217) 244-8483

To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Brian Cudiamat at or (217) 244-5586.