THE YEAR'S PREMIERES
2006 was a year of many firsts for Lawrence Dillon, with two world premieres, a European premiere and a US premiere.
The first world premiere was String Quartet No. 3: Air, which received two performances by the Four Seasons Chamber Festival in January and was subsequently nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. The performers, who were culled from the Miami, Brentano and Mendelssohn String Quartets, gathered in North Carolina for the concerts. After the premiere, Alex Ross, music critic of New Yorker magazine, requested a recording of the piece, of which he wrote, "I listened with great delight, especially to the almost unlawfully lush D-minor-ish music at the center."
The second world premiere took place at the new Elebash Recital Hall in New York City on November 20th. The piece was Singing silver, for which Dillon not only wrote the music and the text, but also performed the narration. He was joined in the performance by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). Cited as a "Don't Miss" event by Time Out New York, the concert was produced by Sequenza21, which hosts Dillon's blog "an infinite number of curves".
Further performances of Singing silver are being scheduled for Winston-Salem and Boston.
Dillon performs with ICE
After three years of performances throughout the U.S. and the former Soviet Union, Lawrence Dillon's Amadeus ex machina for orchestra made its Austrian debut in March 2006, performed in Vienna, Salzburg and Graz as part of the year-long celebration of Mozart's 250th birthday.
Meanwhile, What Happened, a piano quartet that was premiered in Paris in 2005, found its way to the States, getting its first U.S. performance in May of 2006. The piece, played by the Atlantic Ensemble, has quickly garnered substantial praise. Sharon Robinson, of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio exclaimed, "Bravo on WHAT HAPPENED!! It is a wonderful work. It deserves to be heard!"
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