Composer Presents Lecture To Preview Denison Concert
Posted: April 16, 2001
GRANVILLE - Denison University's Goodspeed Lecture Fund presents Virginia-based composer Daniel E. Gawthrop at 4 p.m. on Sunday (April 29) in Swasey Chapel. Speaking from his perspective as a composer of church music, Gawthrop will discuss "Music as a Moral Force: Marketing Transcedence in Pre-Apocalyptic Society." The lecture precedes a performance by Denison's Concert Choir of Gawthrop's "Behold This Mystery" and other works at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, also in Swasey Chapel. Both events are free and open to the public.
Gawthrop served for three years as Composer-in-Residence to the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra of suburban Washington D.C. and has been commissioned by dozens of institutions, including the American Choral Directors Association. His works have been premiered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and at the Salt Lake city Mormon Tabernacle.
His choral works have been performed across the country by hundreds of groups, including the Air Force Singing Sergeants, the Gregg Smith Singers, the American Boychoir and the Washington Cathedral Choral Society. More than 30 of his works have been issued on compact discs.
Gawthrop also has been active as a broadcaster, clinician, church musician and writer, including a stint as a music critic for The Washington Post. With degrees from Michigan State University and Brigham Young University, he currently serves on the faculty of Shenandoah University. Gawthrop is a life member of the American Choral Directors Association and a member of the music fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
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