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Pre Concert Event: Celebrating the composer David Del Tredici’s 75th birthday

September 15th, 7:15p, San Francisco Conservatory of Music (Tickets – you do not need a separate ticket, this is included as part of the concert)

Our soloist for the Ravel Piano Concerto, Marc Peloquin, is an ardent advocate of Del Tredici, a Pulitzer Prize winning composer, who has recently written several pieces celebrating the gay experience.

Peloquin will perform the first movement of Mandango, called Same Sex Marriage which is dedicated to composers John Corigliano and Mark Adamo who were married by conductor Marin Alsop during the Cabrillo Music Festival. In addition, a transcription of the Acrostic Song from Final Alice, a piece based on the last poem in Alice in Wonderland, will be performed By Del Tredici and BARS flutist David Latulippe. Del Tredici and Peloquin will conclude by playing Carioca Boy- Tango, a four hand piano duo, based on the choral piece Queer Hossannas whose text celebrates a “frank appreciation of a sexy Brazilian’s body.”

Peloquin and Del Tredici will also present a recital on Friday Nov. 14th at Old First Church called: Mandango: David Del Tredici at 75 an evening of music for solo and duo piano. For more information see marcpeloquin.com oldfirstconcerts.org

David Del Tredici b. 1937

Generally recognized as the father of the American Neo-Romantic movement in music, David Del Tredici has received numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, and has been commissioned and performed by nearly every major American and European orchestral ensemble. “Del Tredici,” said Aaron Copland, “is that rare find among composers – a creator with a truly original gift. I venture to say that his music is certain to make a lasting impression on the American musical scene. I know of no other composer of his generation who composes music of greater freshness and daring, or with more personality.”

Much of his early work consists of elaborate vocal settings of James Joyce and Lewis Carroll works.

More recently, Del Tredici has set to music a cavalcade of contemporary American poets, often celebrating a gay sensibility. OUT Magazine has twice named the composer one of its people of the year.

David Del Tredici began his musical career as a pianist, making his début with the San Francisco Symphony at the age of eighteen. In 2004, pianist Marc Peloquin became interested in the piano works of Del Tredici and began an artistic collaboration with the composer that has resulted in a commission (S/M Ballade), several performances of Del Tredici’s music, and the recording of his piano works. See daviddeltredici.com

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