Apr 9, 2013 2:33 PM by MELISSA CANONE
The UL Lafayette Symphony Orchestra will present a free concert featuring UL Student soloists and guest composer Stephen Dankner on Tuesday, April 23, 7:30 PM, in Angelle Hall Auditorium. UL student soloists German Rojas Lopez, trumpet and Eric Boyet, timpani will be featured soloists with the orchestra. The performance will include A Short Ride in a Fast Machine by John Adams and conclude with a performance of Stephen Dankner's Symphony No. 9. For more information please call the UL School of Music at (337) 482-6012 or visit ularts.com.
Stephen Dankner received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition from the Juilliard School in 1971. A list of works since 1990 includes ten symphonies, ten string quartets, six concerti (two for piano, one for violin, two for cello and alto saxophone); three major song cycles; sonatas for violin (2), piano, alto saxophone, cello; three piano trios; a piano quartet; five orchestral tone poems; background environmental music for the New Orleans Aquarium of the Americas and a film score. He has released seven CD recordings on the Albany, Centaur, Gasparo and Romeo labels. His Second Symphony, Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano, Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra and other works are published by Ries & Erler, Berlin, Germany.
The National Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Longwood Symphony, Laredo Philharmonic as well as several others in the United States and Europe have performed commissioned orchestral works.
He was commissioned by the Nürnberg Symphoniker to compose a work for their 60th anniversary season in 2006. Dankner has received five commissions from the Albany Symphony, 2004-09. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra has given premiere performances of six of his nine symphonies, among other works; his Symphony No. 9 will receive its premiere with the LPO in March, 2010. Dankner was the composer-in-residence with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra from 2004-2007.
Dankner has held fellowship residencies at Yaddo, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, A Studio In The Woods and the Millay Colony.
The composer is music columnist/critic for ‘The Advocate' weekly newspaper, serving Berkshire County in western Massachusetts and southwestern Vermont.