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Works of visiting composer Bernard Rands brought to life



While millions are mesmerized by the latest "reality show," the reality of the typical artist is one of anonymity. Rarely are his gifts opened and even more rarely enjoyed. He creates because he needs to speak, and though what he says is often valuable, the demand for his voice is small.

Which is why it is so important and special when works by a living, breathing composer are showcased.

Tonight, Thursday, Nov. 15, Colorado College's Great Performances and Ideas Series will present a concert of the works of Bernard Rands -- a composer of great talent and immense soul. Performing his solo and chamber works will be CC's own Lanner Faculty artists (Susan Grace, Paul Nagem and others), the Da Vinci Quartet, and the Italian Contemporary Players, featuring clarinetist Guido Arbonelli and cellist Pierluigi Ruggiero.

Born in England in 1934, Bernard Rands came to the United States in 1975, where he has taught and composed ever since. The originality and distinctive character of his music have been described as "plangent lyricism" with a "dramatic intensity." His Canti del Sole, premiered by the New York Philharmonic, won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize in Music. His orchestral suite Le Tambourin won the 1986 Kennedy Center Friedheim Award. He was composer in residence with the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1989 to 1995, and currently is the Walter Bigelow Rosen Professor of Music at Harvard University.

You might not be out there waiting for the magnificent work of Bernard Rands, but it is waiting for you. Do not miss this opportunity to connect with one of the more important musical voices of our time.


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