Featured Composer: George Lewis

Featured Composer: George Lewis

The 2009 John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium will feature MacArthur fellow and Columbia University Professor of Music George Lewis, a composer/performer with a long history of prominence in the experimental music tradition. That history includes his membership in the famed Chicago musician's cooperative, the AACM: Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, an organization about which Lewis has recently completed the definitive history "A Power Greater Than Ourselves" published by the University of Chicago Press. His appearance at the symposium is being co-sponsored by the Outpost Performance Space where Lewis and an ensemble featuring Nicole Mitchell and Hamid Drake will give the opening concert on Sunday March 29.

Concerts will continue Monday March 30 including the world premiere of Christopher Shultis's Openings by the UNM Wind Symphony and a performance of John Donald Robb's Viola Concerto by the chamber ensemble Chatter, Tuesday March 31 featuring ensemble in residence the Hoffmann-Goldstein piano-percussion duo and Wednesday, April 1 a day guest curated by composer Raven Chacon emphasizing radically new developments in contemporary music.

This year’s Symposium will occur from Sunday, March 29 through April 2, with evening performances at 7:30 pm in Keller Hall at UNM’s Center for Fine Arts (unless otherwise noted).  All events are free and open to the public.

A special thanks to the donations by the John Donald Robb Musical Trust and Sanford and Priscilla Robb McDonnell for their generous support of the John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium.