Music of Hilary Tann
Visiting /Faculty Artist Recital
June 13, 2021
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 at 7:30 p.m., Creativity and Innovation District Living Learning Community Building, 185 Kent St.
This concert features the music of Hilary Tann written for larger ensemble. Works to be performed include Melangell Variations with the VT Philaharmonic Orchestra with John Irrera, violin and Brian Thorsett, tenor soloists, and the violin concerto No Wind Yet Leaves Fall with John Irrera, violin and the VT Percussion Ensemble.
Welsh-born composer Tann lives in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York where she is the John Howard Payne Professor of Music Emerita at Union College, Schenectady.
Her compositions have been widely performed and recorded by ensembles such as the European Women’s Orchestra, Tenebrae, Lontano, Marsyas Trio, Thai Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Praised for its lyricism (“beautiful, lyrical work” – Classical Music Web) and formal balance (“In the formal balance of this music, there is great beauty …” – Welsh Music), her music is influenced by a strong identification with the natural world. She is a published haiku poet and a deep interest in the traditional music of Japan has led to private study of the shakuhachi and guest visits to Japan, Korea, and China.
"Tann has created a musial canvas of tremendous mythic power and human expansiveness" - Opera Today
We are grateful to the Inn at Virginia Tech, the hotel sponsor for Hilary Tann.