Saturday, February 22 || 7:30 PM
Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum at FIU
A celebration of Pulitzer prize winning composer Bernard Rands’ 80th birthday
featuring the NODUS Ensemble and other guest performers
“…in the receding mist…” | Bernard Rands
Remembering Animal Sendai | Ken Ueno
Prelude & Sans voix parmi les voix | Bernard Rands
Impromptu for solo piano | Bernard Rands
Entanglements | Orlando Jacinto Garcia
String Quartet #2 | Bernard Rands
Through more than a hundred published works and many recordings, Bernard Rands is established as a major figure in contemporary music. His work Canti del Sole, premiered by Paul Sperry, Zubin Mehta, and the New York Philharmonic, won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize in Music. His large orchestral suites Le Tambourin won the 1986 Kennedy Center Friedheim Award.
Born in England, Rands emigrated to the United States in 1975, becoming an American citizen in 1983. He has been honored by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters; Broadcast Music, Inc.; the Guggenheim Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; Meet The Composer; the Barlow, Fromm, and Koussevitzky Foundations, among many others. In 2004, Rands was inducted to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Recent commissions have come from the Suntory Concert Hall in Tokyo, the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Internationale Bach Akademie, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Many chamber works have resulted from commissions from major ensembles and festivals from around the world. His chamber opera, Belladonna, was commissioned by the Aspen Music Festival and School for its fiftieth anniversary in 1999.
The originality and distinctive character of his music have been variously described as ‘plangent lyricism’ with a ‘dramatic intensity’ and a ‘musicality and clarity of idea allied to a sophisticated and elegant technical mastery’ – qualities developed from his studies with Dallapiccola and Berio. Musical America has referred to Rands as “a composer with a poet’s sensibility and a painterly love of color and line.”
Composition Forum 2/21 12:00 PM WAC 150