Night and Day: Wednesday, February 22, 2006
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Lowell Liebermann (at right, at the premiere of his opera) visits Fort Worth to perform his music.
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Birthday Song

Lowell Liebermann

As part of our ongoing quest for performances of classical music by composers who arenít dead, we direct you to the latest Cliburn at the Modern concert going on this Wednesday. Two years ago they brought in Ned Rorem for his birthday celebration and scored a brilliant success. This year, they hope to do the same with Lowell Liebermann. The New Yorker who acts as composer in residence for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra turns 45 with a concert and lecture at the Modern. One of an entire generation of composers reacting against the academic excesses of the late 20th century, Liebermann writes large-scale works that are harmonically spicy but easily digestible thanks to his gift for long-limbed, soaring melodies and lush orchestration.

The composer will serve as a pianist for his own works, such as his 1990 Piano Quintet and his immensely popular Sonata for Flute and Piano. Heíll also be discussing his music, including his upcoming opera version of Nathanael Westís Miss Lonelyhearts, which is due to premiere at Juilliard in April. (Westís novel is a promising subject for operatic treatment, and Liebermann figures to be on sure footing, having composed one opera already in The Picture of Dorian Grey.) His piano works have been heard here, frequently through the Van Cliburn Competition, but this evening represents a chance to hear from the man directly.

Lowell Liebermann performs at 8pm Wed at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St, FW. Tickets are $6-15. Call 817-335-9000.


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