August 19, 2008 Contact: Caroline J. Hanna Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417
AMHERST, Mass. — Eric Sawyer, associate professor of music at Amherst College, has been named one of three winners of an Abraham Lincoln-themed composition competition sponsored by the Ravinia Festival, the oldest music festival in North America.
June 3, 2008 Contact: Caroline Jenkins Hanna Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417
AMHERST, Mass.—Our American Cousin, an opera about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln with music composed by Amherst College music professor Eric Sawyer, will premiere Friday, June 20, and Sunday, June 22, at the Academy of Music in Northampton, Mass. The opus tells the story of Lincoln’s killing from the point of view of audience members watching and actors staging the now-infamous comedy (a Broadway play also titled Our American Cousin) in progress at Ford’s Theater when the assassination occurred.