Music of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

Photo by John Batten

Music of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
Part of the Contemporary Music Festival (October 16–18)

October 16, 2012 Tuesday @ 8 p.m. Concert Hall

The 32nd Contemporary Music Festival features the music of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, one of the most prolific and renowned composers of our time. Maxwell Davies, whose music is known for communicating directly and powerfully, has written symphonic works, music-theatre works and witty, light orchestral works in a career that has spanned more than five decades.

Maxwell Davies’ major dramatic works include the operas Taverner, Resurrection, The Lighthouse and The Doctor of Myddfai; full-length ballets Salome and Caroline Mathilde, and music-theatre works Eight Songs for a Mad King and Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot. His output of orchestral works is hailed by The New York Times as “the most important symphonic cycle since Shostakovich.” The concert includes a question and answer session with the composer.

The entire festival features performances by JMU ensembles and faculty of Maxwell Davies’ music and other contemporary works, as well as the premiere of a new choral work by music faculty member John Hilliard. Check www.jmu.edu/JMUarts for information on other performances during the three-day festival.

Ticket prices: $11–$12. 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 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 Will Call at Wilson Hall Auditorium.

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