Redlands to Host Renowned Composer and First Frederick Loewe Symposium

The University of Redlands will welcome the renowned composer, conductor and scholar Gunther Schuller this March for a week-long residency in the School of Music. The residency will coincide with the first annual Frederick Loewe Symposium on American Music.

Concerts held during the week will include:

• a faculty showcase concert featuring Schuller’s chamber music on Tuesday, March 8 at 8 p.m. in the Frederick Loewe Performance Hall, and
• a large ensemble concert featuring works for band, brass ensemble, choir and jazz ensemble on Wednesday, March 9 at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

The Frederick Loewe Symposium on American Music is a new academic forum that will explore current topics. This year’s symposium will feature:

• a keynote address by Gunther Schuller on Wednesday, March 9 at 2:30 p.m.,
• a presentation on “Beyond Mid-century Modern” by musicologist Phil Ford from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music on Thursday, March 10 at 9 a.m.,
• and a roundtable discussion on “Postwar trends and new directions in American music” on Thursday, March 10 at 2:30 p.m. All symposium events will be held in the Frederick Loewe Performance Hall.

About Gunther Schuller: Pulitzer Prize winner Gunther Schuller began his professional life as a horn player in the jazz and classical worlds, working as readily with Miles Davis and Gil Evans as with Toscanini. He was principal horn of the Cincinnati Symphony at the age of 16 and later of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra until 1959.

Schuller’s more than 160 original compositions include commissions by the Baltimore Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Minneapolis Symphony, National Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. His awards include the Gold Medal for Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the BMI Lifetime Achievement Award, a MacArthur Foundation Genius Award, the William Schuman Award, the Ditson Conductor’s Award, two Grammy Awards, Down Beat magazine’s “lifetime achievement award” and 10 honorary degrees.

About the University of Redlands School of Music: The University of Redlands and its School of Music has been closely associated with American music since its founding in 1907. A prominent stop at the end of the rail lines leading to the West Coast, concerts at the Redlands Bowl built in 1923 and performances of jazz bands and popular artists at the University's Casa Loma Room have been important elements to the region's musical life.

In 1970 Stan Kenton and His Orchestra recorded the album “Live at Redlands University” and the School of Music was the home of avant-garde composer Barney Childs from 1971 to 1993. Materials from both these artists, along with the George Sheet Music Collection (featuring over 500 printed songs from the 1900s-1930s), form the core of the University's musical archives. The School of Music and its collections are also supported by the estate of Frederick Loewe, the Oscar-winning composer who retired to nearby Palm Springs.

For more information contact the School of Music at (909) 748-8700.

*Members of the media can contact School of Music Dean Andrew Glendening via e-mail at

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