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Southern Miss Music Festival to Salute American Composer Elliot Carter PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Contact Angela Kilcrease - 601.266.4988   

The School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the Intégrales Music Festival 2009 on Feb. 27, featuring a lecture series and concert honoring the centenary of American composer Elliott Carter.

Born in 1908, Carter is internationally recognized as one of the leading American voices of the classical music tradition. Twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Carter was the first composer to receive the United States National Medal of Arts and one of the few composers ever awarded Germany's Ernst Von Siemens Music Prize.

Two guest lecturers known for their expertise on Carter’s music will kick off the event at 3 p.m. Alan Theisen, a Southern Miss graduate who is in the music theory doctoral program at Florida State University will open the event at 3 p.m., followed by Jonathan Bernard, a music faculty member at the University of Washington. Both lectures are sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council.

The program continues at 7 p.m. at Bennett Auditorium with a pre-concert talk by Elliott Carter’s student and principal biographer David Schiff.

The Intégrales Festival 2009 schedule is as follows:

-  3 p.m. -- Alan Theisen lecture: “The Golden Wit of Nature: Form and Harmony in Elliott Carter’s Latest Compositions,” Thad Cochran Center, room 218

-  4 p.m. -- Jonathan Bernard lecture: “Studying Elliott Carter’s Music Through His Compositional Sketches: Some Examples and Observations,” Thad Cochran Center, room 218

-  7 p.m. – David Schiff pre-concert lecture: “Carter, Cage and All That Jazz,” Bennett Auditorium

-  8 p.m. – Concert of music by Elliott Carter and David Schiff

A concert concludes the day, featuring works for woodwind quintet, voice, solo piano, flute, solo guitar and trumpet ensemble, all performed by Southern Miss School of Music faculty and special guests.

The concert’s guest artists include Ann Schein, piano, from the University of Indiana’s Jacobs School of Music, and Susan Ruggiero, voice, from the Louisiana State University School of Music.

These events are free and open to the public. For more information on the Carter Centenary activities and events, call Dr. Douglas Rust at the Southern Miss School of Music at 601.266.5126; or visit

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