Short-Term Visiting Fellowship – Melinda Wagner
Melinda Wagner achieved widespread attention when her colorful Concerto for Flute, Strings, and Percussion was awarded the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Since then, major compositions have included her Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra, for Joseph Alessi and the New York Philharmonic, and a piano concerto, Extremity of Sky, commissioned by the Chicago Symphony for Emanuel Ax. She joined the composition faculty at Juilliard in Fall, 2016. In the composerʼs words:“Music offers composers an immeasurably rich and generous sonic landscape in which to explore the ʻlifestoryʼ of each musical idea—its dramas, intrigues, joys and sorrows—a life. I strive to find various and persuasive ways of moving through the resulting temporal narrative, and to traverse a wide spectrum of expressionand color on the way.”Wagner will attend performances by the Hodgson Wind Ensemble and Rote Hund Muzik (UGA Contemporary Chamber Ensemble), holdmaster classes with composition students, and will speak on her work at the Roger and Phyllis Dancz Center for New Music.Tuesday (11/15), 8 p.m., Hodgson Hall: The Wind Ensemble will perform Melinda Wagner’s “Scamp” with the composer in attendance. Wednesday (11/16), 5 p.m., Edge Hall:Concert of solo works for classical guitar and piano (featuring faculty performers Daniel Bolshoy and Martha Thomas), performing music by Melinda Wagner alongside other pieces. Thursday (11/17), 6:30 p.m., Edge Hall:Melinda Wagner will give a talk about her music, play some recorded excerpts, culminating in a performance of “Wick” by Rote Hund Muzik (UGA’s contemporary chamber ensemble). There will also be a Q+A.
Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 2:00pm to 12:00am
Perfoming Arts Center, Hodgson Concert Hall