Special Musical Guests Coming to BC

Special Musical Guests Coming to BC

Gunther Schuller and Rosalie Sorrels to make appearances later this month

Boston College will help Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gunther Schuller celebrate his 75th birthday with a concert of his music on Monday, March 26, at 8 p.m. in Gasson 100.

Schuller, a Newton resident, has created more than 160 original compositions in virtually every musical genre, including commissions from the Baltimore Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Minneapolis Symphony, National Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for his work "Reminiscences and Reflections," and his honors also include the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Music, a BMI Lifetime Achievement Award, a MacArthur Foundation "genius" award and the William Schuman Award from Columbia University for lifetime achievement in American music composition.

Boston College's contemporary music ensemble Hyperprism and Arcadian Winds, another local group, will be among those performing at the March 26 concert. Schuller has been working with the musicians during their recent rehearsals and is expected to attend.

For more information, call ext.2-4843.

Acclaimed singer-songwriter and storyteller Rosalie Sorrels will perform in Gasson 100 on Thursday, March 29 at 5 p.m. in celebration of Women's History Month.

At the event, titled "Reinventing Your Life," Sorrels will present a selection of readings and songs by and about women who began their creative careers after the age of 50.

A long-time favorite on the folk music circuit, Sorrels has recorded or appeared on numerous albums, including her tribute to legendary songwriter Malvina Reynolds that was released last year on Red House Records. Many of Sorrels' compositions have become standards among other performers, and she herself draws on a wealth of traditional and contemporary music.

Sorrels has set to music the work of poets such as Yeats and Ferlinghetti, and cultivated a reputation as a fine storyteller, receiving the 1999 Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytellers Association.

Her appearance at BC is being sponsored by the offices of the Academic Vice President and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the departments of Music, History, English and Theater, and the Women's Studies and American Studies programs.

-Sean Smith  

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