Duquesne Presents Honorary Degree to Renowned Composer

Duquesne University’s Mary Pappert School of Music will present an honorary doctor of music degree to renowned composer John Adams in a special ceremony.

One of the nation’s most respected and accomplished contemporary composers, Adams is the 2008-09 Composer of the Year for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He is noted for his various symphonic works as well as his operas. A proficient clarinetist, Adams was only 10 when he began composing and by the time he hit his teens, his first orchestral works were already being performed.

The degree ceremony will include the performances of Adams’ pieceChina Gates for piano as well as a movement from his work Road Movies for piano and violin. David Stock, professor of music and composer in residence at the Pappert School, specifically wroteFanfare for John, a piece that will be performed at the event in honor of Adams, whom he has known for more than 25 years.

Adams’ opera On the Transmigration of Souls, written in commemoration of the first anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks,received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Music. The distinguished Lincoln Center presented John Adams: An American Master in 2003, its most extensive festival ever devoted to a living composer. His music has also been featured at festivals in London, Rotterdam and Stockholm. The film version of his opera, The Death of Klinghoffer, received many international awards, including the Prix Italia and the Vienna TV Award for 2004.

Wednesday, March 11, at 3 p.m.

PNC Recital Hall, Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University

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