Christopher Theofanidis
Guest Composer-in-Residence
February 27 – March 3, 2017
Chamber Concert: March 2, Thompson
Closing Concert: March 3, Kresge

DePauw University School of Music welcomes American composer Christopher Theofanidis for a five-day guest residency during the School’s annual Music of the 21st Century Festival (Feb. 27 – Mar. 3). Theofanidis considers his music a “by-product of his approach to living” and has written for a variety of musical genres, from orchestral and chamber music to ballet and opera, including Heart of a Soldier, based on the book by DePauw alumnus James B. Stewart ’73, and created with Donna DiNovelli for the San Francisco Opera. Such acclaimed groups as the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra have performed his works. His large-scale piece, The Here and Now, for soloists, chorus and orchestra, based on poetry of Rumi, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2007; his Bassoon Concerto was nominated for a Grammy in 2017. After teaching at Peabody and Juilliard, he returned his alma mater in 2008 to teach at the Yale School of Music.

Theofanidis’s music — described by The Boston Globe as “a pageant of orchestral color, some of it deliciously subtle, much of it unabashedly joyful, all of it economical in its use of modal, rhythmic, and timbral resources” — can be heard in two concerts at the Green Center for the Performing Arts. A performance on Thursday, March 2 in Thompson Recital Hall will be dedicated to the composer’s chamber music and Friday’s March 3 closing concert in Kresge Auditorium will feature works for large ensemble performed by the University’s band, choirs and orchestra, including scenes from Heart of a Soldier.

For a downloadable schedule of the 2017 Music of the 21st Century Festival, click here.

Festival Pass: $10 (includes admission to all events)
Tickets for seniors, youth and all students are free.

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