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Grawemeyer Players to perform at Carnegie Hall

by Erman,Linda last modified Jun 16, 2010 01:17 PM

Feb. 24, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Music is meant to be listened to, but it’s not always easy to find a way to hear the best new contemporary pieces.

The Grawemeyer Players, a University of Louisville faculty chamber ensemble, soon will help fill that gap. The group of up to 13 musicians was created to bring life to the outstanding but rarely heard “other works” written by winners of UofL’s Grawemeyer Award in Music Composition.

The group will premiere March 9 at 8 p.m. in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in a concert featuring non-winning compositions by Grawemeyer prize winners Witold Lutoslawski, Gyorgy Kurtag, Sebastian Currier, Peter Lieberson, Brett Dean and York Holler.

Created in 1984, the Grawemeyer music prize is one of the largest and most prestigious awards offered in its field. Even so, many of its winners’ lesser-known works are difficult to find in published or recorded form, said Dallas Tidwell, a music professor who plays clarinet in the ensemble.

“All of these compositions were meant to be played but few people have had an opportunity to hear them,” he said.

The Grawemeyer Players will draw its repertoire from 100 pieces written by Grawemeyer music winners and nearly 3,000 other pieces written by award nominees. All of the compositions are housed at UofL’s Dwight Anderson Memorial Library in what is believed to be one of the world’s largest new music collections.

New York composer Augusta Read Thomas will give a talk before the concert at 7 p.m. about creativity and patronage in contemporary music. She will be introduced by Wayne Brown, music and opera director for the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, call Christopher Doane, UofL music dean, at 502-852-6907. To buy concert tickets, visit or call 212-247-7800.

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