PASEF Luncheon, January 19, 2012

Richard Wernick - "Where does Music come From?"

Even the savviest of concert goers have no real idea of how a piece is composed or the external stimuli that ultimately translate into musical ideas and structure. Richard Wernick, the Magnin Professor Emeritus of the Humanities, hopes to shed light on the process of developing and executing a musical piece, specifically his 8th string quartet. Professor Wernick's lecture will include a DVD featuring the 2009 premier performance of this piece by Penn's own Daedalus Quartet.

[video clip of Wernick's "Oy Gavotte!" cello solo]

Richard Wernick's awards include the 1977 Pulitzer Prize in Music, three Kennedy Center Friedheim Awards (First Prizes in 1986 and 1991, Second Prize in 1992), and too many more to list. In addition to his teaching at Penn from 1968 to 1996, Mr. Wernick has composed numerous solo, chamber, and orchestral works, vocal, choral and band compositions, as well as a large body of music for theater, films, ballet and television. He has been commissioned by some of the world's leading performers and ensembles, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, the Juilliard String Quartet and the Emerson String Quartet. From 1983 to 1989, he served as the Philadelphia Orchestra's Consultant for Contemporary Music, and from 1989 to 1993, served as Special Consultant to Music Director Riccardo Muti.

The luncheon will begin at 12pm on Thursday, January 19, 2012 in the Hourglass Room of the University Club. Cost and University Club details.