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Composer Sheng to give free lecture

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. Students attending the lecture will receive a discount coupon toward the purchase of a ticket for the evening’s performance by the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra.

Sheng studied composition with Wang Jian-zhong at the Conservatory of Music in Shanghai from 1978-82. He studied composition at Queens College, where he earned his master’s degree and later studied composition at Columbia University. Sheng 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 at 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.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08