Art and LGBTQ Activism: Music with a Social Conscience

The New York Philharmonic

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Music of Conscience

Art and LGBTQ Activism: Music with a Social Conscience

Location

The LGBT Community Center

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Free

Date & Times

29

May, 2019

Wednesday, 7:00 PM

Event Info

The New York Philharmonic and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center co-present a free public discussion of LGBTQ issues and art as activism with composer John Corigliano, whose Symphony No. 1, a response to the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, is being performed by the Orchestra; Philharmonic President and CEO Deborah Borda; and moderator Rich Wandel, The Center’s founding archivist, longtime activist, and former New York Philharmonic Associate Archivist. The discussion will be preceded by a performance.

Free; tickets are required and available.

Co-Presented by The LGBT Community Center and the New York Philharmonic

Artists

Deborah Borda

Speaker

Deborah Borda

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John Corigliano

Speaker

John Corigliano

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John Corigliano by J. Henry Fair

Speaker

John Corigliano continues to add to one of the richest, most unusual, and most widely celebrated bodies of work any composer has created over the last 40 years. Mr. Corigliano’s scores, now numbering more than 100, have won him the Pulitzer Prize, the Grawemeyer Award, five Grammy Awards, and an Academy Award.

Recent scores include Rhymes for the Irreverent and no comet ever scratched the sky (2017); One Sweet Morning (2011), a four-movement song cycle premiered by the New York Philharmonic and Stephanie Blythe; Conjurer (2008), commissioned for and introduced by Evelyn Glennie; Concerto for Violin and Orchestra: The Red Violin (2005), developed from the themes of the score to The Red Violin, for which he received an Oscar in 1999; Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan (2000), the recording of which won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Composition in 2008; Symphony No. 3, Circus Maximus (2004); and Symphony No. 2 (2001 Pulitzer Prize in Music). Other important scores include the String Quartet (1995, Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Composition); Symphony No. 1 (1991, Grawemeyer Award); the opera The Ghosts of Versailles (1991, Metropolitan Opera commission); and the Clarinet Concerto (1977), commissioned and premiered by the New York Philharmonic. In 2015 an orchestral version of Stomp was commissioned by the Houston Symphony Orchestra.

In 2015 Los Angeles Opera received wide acclaim for its new production of The Ghosts of Versailles, directed by Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak and featuring Patricia Racette, Christopher Maltman, and Patti LuPone. The production collected 2016 Grammys for Opera Recording and Engineered Classical album.

John Corigliano’s music is performed widely on North American and international stages. In recent years his music has been featured in performances throughout the US, Europe, Caracas, Australia, China, Russia, Tokyo, Krakow, Toronto, Bosnia, and beyond. His 80th birthday is celebrated in 2018 with performances far and wide.

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Rich Wandel

Moderator

Rich Wandel

Moderator

Moderator

Rich Wandel has worked for gay and lesbian liberation for almost 50 years. As the second president of the Gay Activists Alliance of New York (GAA), he led what was then one of the premier gay liberation organizations in the country. Noted for its militant and imaginative demonstrations and “zaps,” GAA was among the first post-Stonewall organizations. Mr. Wandel’s photographs of GAA actions can be seen in numerous publications and documentaries. More recently he has devoted himself to the preservation and dissemination of LGBT communities’ histories. A professional historian and archivist, he has retired from 17 years as Associate Archivist of the New York Philharmonic. In 1990 he became the founding archivist / historian of The LGBT Community Center’s National History Archive. He is known nationally as an advocate for community-based history.

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