Frank Corcoran -- the noted Irish composer -- will be in New York City to attend the premiere performance of his recently completed chamber orchestra work Variations on Myself .
A founding member of Aosdána - Ireland's state-sponsored academy of reative artists - Corcoran who was born in Tipperary in 1944 completed his musical education in Berlin under the supervision of Boris Blacher. His Two Unholy Haikus won the Sean Ó Riada Award at the 2012 Cork International Choral Festival and the First Prize in th 2013 International Federation of Choral Music.
Several of his orchestral and choral works are available on recordings issued by, among others, the NAXOS, Col-Legno, and Caprice labels. For almost thirty years he taught composition and theory in the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg, Germany. Corcoran first visited the US in 1989 as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Subsequently, he has been invited to lecture at Indiana University, CalArts, Harvard University, Boston College, New York University and Princeton.
As basis for his recently completed work, Variations on Myself, Corcoran employs a melodic theme derived from the pitches suggested by the composer's name: F-D-C#-Eb-C-A. Melodic and harmonic materials are generated by mutating these pitches while strict metrical writing of the strings contrasts with undulating lines in the wind instruments
often moving at their own tempo.
The free-admission concert is part of the North/South Consonance concert series, now on its 33rdconsecutive season. It will take place the evening of Tuesday evening March 12. The GRAMMY nominated North/South Chamber Orchestra under the direction of its founder Max
Lifchitz will also premiere four other works especially written for the occasion by composers representing a wide variety of styles. In addition to Corcoran, the other are: Harry Bulow, Binnette Lipper, Joyce Solomon Moorman and William Pfaff.
The concert will start at 8 PM and will take place at the auditorium of Christ & St. Stephen's Church (120 West 69thSt - between Broadway and Columbus) on Manhattan's West Side. Admission is free-- no tickets necessary.
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