Augusta Read Thomas, Visiting Scholar

Public Presentation: Composing Music: Transformations and Connections (talk & performance)


Monday, March 16, 2015 - 4:30pm
Jewett Art Center Auditorium

The Wellesley Music Department is honored to host Augusta Read Thomas, Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, in a public presentation "Composing Music: Transformations and Connections" to include performers: Jenny Tang, piano; David Russell, cello, and TBA, violin. A reception will follow.

Thomas is among the most accomplished and prominent composers in the world of contemporary concert music. She has served as Mead Composer-in-Residence for the Chicago Symphony from 1997 to 2006 and has collaborated with many other European and American orchestras, among them the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, and Boston Symphony. She has also worked with many of the great conductors on the current international scene, most notably Pierre Boulez and Daniel Barenboim, but also Christopher Eschenbach, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Marin Alsop, Mstislav Rostropovich, and many others. Thomas taught at the Eastman School of Music and Northwestern University before becoming one of six University Professors at the University of Chicago.

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, she has also received numerous honors and award for her work, from the Siemans Foundation in Munich, the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Koussevitzky Foundation. She is a leading figure in contemporary music advocacy, serving on the Board of ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble) for many years; as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Alice M. Ditson Fund; on the Board of Trustees of The American Society for the Royal Academy of Music; as a Member of the Conseil Musical de la Foundation Prince Pierre de Monaco; and on the Eastman School of Music's National Council.