Amherst College Alumnus and Visiting Professor of Music, Harold Meltzer '88, to Present Original Compositions on April 21

April 4, 2013
Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Manager of Concert Programming, Production and Publicity

AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College Department of Music will present two works composed by Visiting Professor of Music Harold Meltzer '88 on Sunday, April 21 at 3 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. This concert is free and open to the public. For more information please call 413/542-2195 or email

“Brion,” commissioned for the Cygnus Ensemble by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University, was a Finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Meltzer describes the piece as “inspired by the sculptured concrete walls, reflecting pools, and unexpected traces of bright primary colors in the Brion-Vega Cemetery in San Vito d’Altivole, not far from Venice.” “Sindbad” is based off of Donald Barthelme’s postmodern fairy tale of the same name. Meltzer selected ten of the twelve sections of the short story for recitation and then framed eight of those ten with music. “Brion” and “Sindbad” will be performed by the Cygnus Ensemble and Alissa Leiser, piano, and will be conducted by Victoria Bond.
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