Jaron Lanier Premiers New Work with Help of Rollins Music Major

October 21, 2010

On Saturday and Sunday, October 23 and 24, the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra will perform the world premiere of an original composition by Winter Park Institute Scholar in Residence Jaron Lanier.  Lanier’s work, entitled “Symphony for Amelia,” was commissioned by the Bach Festival Society in partnership with Winter Park Institute and will be debuted alongside a momentous performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and a premiere of Rollins composition professor Daniel Crozier’s work “Fairy Tale.”

Following each concert in the Knowles Memorial Chapel, Lanier will be joined by Bach Festival Artistic Director and Conductor John V. Sinclair, Professor Daniel Crozier and Rollins’ student collaborator Ted Henderson (Class of 2011) for a post-performance community discussion on the artistic process of composition.  Members of the Rollins community are invited to participate in the conversation.

Lanier is known for his work as a computer scientist, composer, visual artist and author.  One of the distinguished thinkers in the 2010 Time 100 list of the World’s Most Influential People, Lanier began work on “Symphony for Amelia” shortly after his participation in Rollins’ 2007 colloquy, Liberal Education and Social Responsibility in a Global Community. After initial work on the composition, Lanier was introduced to Henderson, a music major focusing on jazz guitar in the Rollins Department of Music, and Henderson was engaged for technical collaboration.

In addition to developing the composition remotely from opposite coasts, Henderson was invited to spend a week at the composer’s personal studio in Berkeley, California helping Lanier with orchestral arrangement.  “Jaron is an instrument aficionado,” Henderson said.  “His house was filled with extremely rare and ancient instruments, which I think is where he gets his inspiration.  You can hear it in the unique rhythmic ways he uses specific instruments and the choir throughout the composition.”

The premier of this revolutionary work is guaranteed to evoke an array of emotions from the Bach Festival and Winter Park Institute audiences.  Tickets are required for the concert portion only.

To learn more about Lanier and his “Symphony for Amelia,” visit chronicle.com/blogs/arts/jaron-lanier-symphonic-spiritual-genealogy/27616.

For more information, please visit www.bachfestivalflorida.org or www.rollins.edu/wpi.

By Justin Braun (MBA Class of 2011)

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