The 8th Annual David O. Nilsson Lecture in Contemporary Drama and Literature presents a Dylan Thomas musical redux memorializing the 60th anniversary of the Welsh poet’s death
THIS IS WEDNESDAY
The University of Texas New Music Ensemble, along with guest tenor Richard Fracker, will present both classical musical interpretations of Thomas’s poetry — such as Igor Stravinsky’s “In Memoriam Dylan Thomas,” David Diamond’s “I Have Longed to Move Away” and John Corigliano’s “Poem in October” — as well as original works by University of Texas composers Chris Prosser Brian Heim, inspired by the Welshman’s work.
The New Music Ensemble — under the direction of Professor Dan Welcher — is widely regarded as one of the best student ensembles of its kind nationwide. Featuring solo, chamber and large ensemble works by living composers and those of therecent past, the group consists of a sixteen-member core ensemble, and is made up of the most proficient student instrumentalists and singers in the Butler School of Music.
A ten-season alumnus of New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Richard Fracker is currently associate professor of voice (tenor) and Area Chair of Vocal Arts at the Michigan State University College of Music.
The Nilsson Lecture was founded through the generosity of Dr. David O. Nilsson, a retired mathematics professor at The University of Texas at Austin, independent scholar and Henrik Ibsen aficionado.
Also be sure to see the exhibit of Dylan Thomas materials generously mounted by the HRC.
The event takes place at 6 p.m., Wednesday, February 20 at the Fine Arts Library.
Please RSVP to (512)495-4363 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend.