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Lou Harrison

Lou HarrisonOn hearing the news of Lou Harrison's death on February 2, 2003 at the age of 85, Anthony Tommasini wrote in the New York Times that Harrison was "a beloved West Coast composer, a genuine American maverick, a pioneer in the synthesis of Asian and Western music and a father figure to musicians in the region." 

The previous week, The Juilliard School had celebrated Harrison's 85th birthday with its Focus Festival. Works by Harrison ranged from cello solo to full orchestra, and the series of concerts gathered other composers from the western United States, many of whom were influenced, and encouraged, by Harrison.

Almost everyone who met Lou has a story to tell, and a web site has been set up by Charles Amirkhanian for people to post their remembrances:

Click here for Mark Swed's appreciation of Harrison in the Los Angeles Times.

Recent and Upcoming Events
  • Pipa Concerto is a 2009 Grammy nominee. Harrison's concerto for Pipa and String Orchestra, a late work dating from 1997, has been nominated for a Grammy award as the best performance by instrhumental soloist with orchestra. Wu Man, pipa, Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. From "Traditions And Transformations: Sounds Of Silk Road Chicago" [CSO Resound]

  • Interview with Lou Harrison, NewMusicBox Web Magazine.