Composer to give free lecture at Binghamton University


A free lecture, featuring composer Bright Sheng, will be held in the Anderson Center Chamber Hall at 1:30 p.m. Friday, October 22. The lecture is open to the public.

Sheng’s music is noted for its fusion of Eastern and Western musical styles, featuring lyrical melodies inspired by the folk music of China. His stage, orchestral, chamber and vocal works have been performed throughout the world.

Sheng studied composition with Wang Jian-zhong at the Conservatory of Music in Shanghai from 1978-82 and later at Queen’s College, where he earned his master’s degree. He then studied composition at Columbia University and also studied composition and conducting with Leonard Bernstein.

Sheng has received many honors in China, as well as three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Charles Ives Scholarship Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and the Rackham Fellowship from the University of Michigan.

He has served as composer-in-residence to the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center. Sheng also served as artist-in-residence with the Washington Performing Arts Society and as composer-in-residence at the Mannes College of Music.

He has taught composition at the University of Michigan, where he has been the Leonard Bernstein Distinguished University Professor of Music since 2003. Sheng has also held an honorary professorship at the Conservatory of Music in Wuhan and has lectured throughout the world.

The Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra will premiere Colors of Crimson, a new work by Sheng, at 8 p.m. Friday night in the Osterhout Concert Theater of the Anderson Center. The performance promises not only a rich aural experience, but an exciting visual one as well.

For more information, contact the Anderson Center at 777-ARTS.

Last Updated: 9/17/13