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40th Annual Commisioned Composer Set

MARCH 31, 2006--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls will host its 40th Annual Commissioned Composer Concert featuring music from guest artist John Luther Adams on Thursday, April 6 at 8 p.m. in the William Abbot Concert Hall in the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building.

From his home in Alaska, Adams has created a unique musical world grounded in wilderness landscapes and indigenous cultures, and in natural phenomena from the songs of birds to elemental noise. His music includes works for orchestra, small ensembles, percussion and electronic media, and is recorded on Cold Blue, Mode, Cantaloupe, New World, New Albion and other labels.

He is the author of Winter Music (Wesleyan, 2004), and his writings have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies, including “The Best Spiritual Writing” (Harper Collins, 2002) and “The Book of Music and Nature” (Wesleyan, 2000).

Adams has worked with many prominent performers and venues, including Bang On A Can, Other Minds, Almeida Opera, Steven Schick, the California E.A.R. Unit, FLUX Quartet, the Paul Dresher Ensembles, Percussion Group Cincinnati, the Sundance Institute, and Arena Stage. He has received awards and fellowships from Meet the Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, Lila Wallace Arts Partners, the Rockefeller Foundation, Opera America, and the Foundation for Contemporary Performing Arts.

For more information about the concert call the music department at 715/425/3183 or visit


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