The Music of John Hilliard: Celebration Concert

March 24, 2013 Sunday @ 2 p.m. Concert Hall


Join us for an afternoon of entertainment celebrating John Hilliard’s 25 years of teaching in JMU’s School of Music. This commemorative concert features a sampling of Dr. Hilliard’s compositions performed by faculty and students. Help us pay tribute to this fine musician and his longstanding tenure at JMU!

John S. Hilliard (born October 1947, Hot Springs Arkansas) is Professor of Music, Resident Composer and former Chair of the Contemporary Music Festival at the School of Music for 17 years at James Madison University. His works have had wide international performances in Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, South America, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, including performances at the Kennedy Center, Merkin Hall NYC and at over 20 new music festivals.

He has had orchestral works performed by the St. Louis Symphony, Danville Illinois Symphony, James Madison University Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Conservatory Orchestra, Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra and the Richmond Symphony.

Recent honors include an annual ASCAP Award, a commission from the International Horn Society and the first-place award in the Virginia Music Teachers Association’s commissioned composer contest. In January 1993, he was one of two composers requested to compose music for newly elected President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration. In 1995, Hilliard was given a six-month residency grant to be an Artistic Fellow for the Japan Foundation in Tokyo and Nara, where he studied Gagaku, Shakuhachi, traditional Japanese music performance, and composed his Symphony No. 4.

For over 12 summers, Hilliard taught on the composition and theory faculty of the National Music Camp (now Interlochen Arts Camp) at Interlochen, Michigan. Consequently, his works have been featured on the National Public Radio Series “Music from Interlochen,” and on one of their CD samplers.

In 1998-99, Hilliard was selected to be composer-in-residence in Hong Kong, as a Senior Fulbright Scholar-Artist in music composition, where he composed his Mass for Chorus and Orchestra (1998). In addition to the mass, Hilliard has composed for a variety of media, including a piano sonata; two piano partitas; a violin sonata; a cello sonata; a clarinet, violin, cello and piano quartet; a saxophone quartet; a piano concerto; a trumpet concerto; a chamber concerto, a double concerto for alto saxophone and horn; various songs, a theater / ballet work, and four symphonies.

Hilliard has previously taught at Cornell University and Washington State University. He received his doctorate in composition and conducting from Cornell University in 1983.

Ticket prices: $8–$10. Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.
JMU student tickets: Advance tickets — $5 discount tickets in person at the Forbes Center Box Office only with ID. One ticket per ID. Student tickets are not available online. Cash only 1½ hours prior to performance.

Mailing Tickets/Will Call — Tickets that are ordered more than two weeks in advance of a performance will be mailed to the address on file. Ticket orders received less than two weeks prior to a performance will be held for pick-up at the Will Call window.

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