2013 Loewe Symposium


The 2013 Loewe Symposium Oct. 24 and 25 at the School of Music will celebrate the work of Joan Tower, the first woman to win the Grawemeyer Award in 1990 and a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1976 and three Grammy awards in 2008 for her orchestral work “Made in America.”

According to Katherine Baber, assistant professor of music history, the Loewe Symposium is designed to focus on the work of a senior figure in American music. Tower will be the composer-in-residence, while Denise Von Glahn, a specialist in American women composers and director of the Center for Music of the Americas at Florida State University, will serve as scholar-in-residence.

“The scholar-in-residence is selected to complement the composer each year, and comes to help our students, faculty, and community understand and engage with the music of the composer,” Baber said. “Her renowned work as a musicologist is the scholarly equivalent of Tower's distinguished compositional career.”

The symposium will begin on Oct. 24, with opening remarks from Von Glahn and a seminar discussion on women and the American musical landscape. On Oct. 25, Von Glahn will present a keynote, and a round table will be held with Von Glahn, Tower, and other panelists.

“This celebration would not be possible without the support of the Frederick Loewe Foundation,” Baber said. “By hosting these events, we hope to honor his contributions to American music and those figures who continue to enrich our musical life.”

Throughout the symposium, School of Music students will be able to interact closely with Tower and Von Glahn.

“The students can expect a close, personal engagement with two of the brightest minds in American music,” Baber said. “The depth of the experience here is just not something they would find at any other university.”

The public will benefit as well. On Oct. 22 from 8 to 9 p.m., the Faculty Chamber Ensemble will present a concert of Tower’s works in the Frederick Loewe Performance Hall, and on Oct. 23 from 8 to 9 p.m., a Student Chamber Ensemble will do the same. On Oct. 24 from 8 to 9 p.m., the large University Ensemble will perform pieces by Tower in the Memorial Chapel.

“The community should attend the concerts for the reasons Joan’s works win Grammys: they are exciting, compelling, and diverse,” Baber said. “They will hear examples of her chamber music, choir, and large ensembles like orchestra and wind ensemble."

For more information on the Loewe Symposium, please click here.

Posted: Oct. 17, 2013
Written by: Catherine Garcia

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