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From Q2 Music: “Spotlight: Aaron Jay Kernis and Paul Moravec”

On Friday from 5 to 8pm, in anticipation of WQXR’s kick-off Spring For Music broadcast from Carnegie Hall featuring the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Q2 presents a Spring Fever spotlight on the evocative sound worlds of two featured composers, Aaron Jay Kernis and Paul Moravec. Q2 also turns over the microphone to the composers themselves, as they provide exclusive insights into their own works, from Moravec’s Tempest Fantasy to Aaron Jay Kernis’s String Quartet No. 2, musica instrumentalis, both pieces awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music.

In 1998, Kernis was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music for his String Quartet No. 2, followed by the Grawemeyer Award in 2002 for Colored Field. His works have been performed by such groups as the New York Philharmonic and the Seattle Symphony. Additionally, Kernis serves as director of the Minnesota Orchestra’s Composer Institute. Paul Moravec who received the Pulitzer Prize in 2004, has a composition history that includes orchestral, chamber, choral and film scores.”

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Paul Moravec and Aaron Jay Kernis (Courtesy of the Artist/Richard Bowditch)

The full article is here.

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