American composer Samuel Adler will conduct a concert of his works at Wake Forest University Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. in Wait Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public.
Adler will conduct the Wake Forest Wind Ensemble in his best-known band piece, “Southwestern Sketches.” Wake Forest music faculty members Teresa Radomski, Dan Locklair and Louis Goldstein, and the Wake Forest Collegium Singers will also perform Adler’s works for organ, piano and voice.
The concert is part of Adler’s one-week residence at Wake Forest’s music department. During that time, he will also speak at Reynolda House on Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. That program is titled, “What a Century It Was!” It will cover contributions made by many 20th century arts figures that Adler has known, including Aaron Copland and Walter Piston.
A native of Mannheim, Germany, Adler came to the United States in 1939. He graduated from Harvard University and taught at the Eastman School of Music for 31 years. Adler has published more than 400 works including five operas, six symphonies, 12 concerti and eight string quartets. He has also written numerous textbooks.
Since 1997, Adler has been a member of the composition faculty at The Julliard
School in New York City. He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in May 2001.
For more information, please call the Wake Forest Department of Music at 336-758-5345.
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