Opera by Professors and Alumni Makes International Debut at Italian Film Festival

Submitted on Tuesday, 11/4/2014, at 12:00 PM

On a big screen in Milan last month, in front of an audience that totaled more than 18,000 people over the course of four days, an innovative Amherst chamber opera set to film made its international debut during the city’s Design Film Festival.

“To Hear a Sound is to See a Space”: Professors and Alumni Collaborate to Build ARCHITECT Opera

Submitted on Tuesday, 11/22/2011, at 11:40 AM

November 15, 2011

During her time studying at Yale in the 1980s, Professor of Music Jenny Kallick was struck by what she calls the “sacred essence” of two of the New Haven school’s buildings, the Art Gallery and the Center for British Art. That she was drawn to those two particular facilities was no coincidence: both were designed by award-winning architect Louis I. Kahn, a major figure in 20th-century architecture.

Amherst College Alumni to Perform Concert Honoring Music Composition Professor Emeritus Lewis Spratlan Oct. 24

September 28, 2010
Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Concert and Production Manager
413/542-2195

AMHERST, Mass. – On Sunday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College, the school’s Department of Music will present a concert of recent compositions by alumni Richard Beaudoin ’98, Gregory Brown ’98, Eric Wubbels ’01 and Pulitzer Prize-winner and Professor Emeritus Lew Spratlan honoring Spratlan’s career, mentorship and influence on the next generation of composers.

The Awakening

Lewis Spratlan's What Dreams May Come

Opera News investigated the lengthy gestation of emeritus music professor Lewis Spratlan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Life Is a Dream, for which Spanish professor James Maraniss wrote the English-language libretto.

Five College Faculty to Perform Works by Spratlan, Sawyer, Schumann and Stravinsky at Amherst College June 11

May 26, 2010
Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Concert and Production Manager
413/542-2195

AMHERST, Mass. –Music faculty of the Five Colleges will gather at Amherst College to perform new works by Amherst College music professors Lew Spratlan (emeritus) and Eric Sawyer, and classics by Igor Stravinsky and Robert Schumann on Friday, June 11, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center.

A Dream Come True

[Opera] Lewis Spratlan, an emeritus professor of music, and James Maraniss, a Spanish professor, wrote an opera (Spratlan the music, Maraniss the libretto) in the late 1970s while living in adjacent apartments. Life is a Dream, based on the 17th-century Spanish play La vida es sueno, won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize in Music (for Act II, concert version) but has never been performed in full. Until now. The opera will premiere this summer at the Santa Fe Opera,

New York Times: An Opera’s Very Long Overture

The much-anticipated but long-overdue debut of all three acts of Lewis Spratlan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Life is a Dream this coming summer was discussed in a lengthy New York Times article.

Amherst College Composer Lewis Spratlan Has New Recording

February 17, 2005 Director of Media Relations

Amherst College Orchestra Presents Family Weekend Concert Nov. 5

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