John Corigliano, 80 Years Young, Feted in Brooklyn

On February 16, deep in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a vibrant assortment of friends, students, colleagues and just plain admirers gathered together at National Sawdust to pay tribute to American music icon and longtime ASCAP composer John Corigliano in celebration of his 80th birthday. And what a dazzling tribute it was, a concert and party wrapped into one, all in loving appreciation for one of the world’s finest living composers.

The good cheer included video portraits from friends from all around the world and a champagne toast to the Pulitzer, Grammy, Oscar and ASCAP Foundation Masters Award-winning composer. And of course there were dazzling, heartfelt performances perfectly matched to the occasion, from the likes of pianist Molly Morkoski as well as soprano Lindsay Kesselman, who sang so movingly Corigliano’s “Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan,” with added support from Contemporaneous, expertly directed by David Bloom.

+Read a wonderful celebration of Corigliano at National Sawdust’s website

+Listen to WNYC’s pre-birthday tribute to Corigliano

+Listen to this birthday salute to Corigliano from NPR


John Corigliano continues to add to one of the richest, most unusual, and most widely celebrated bodies of work any composer has created over the last forty years. Corigliano's scores, now numbering over one hundred, have won him the Pulitzer Prize, the Grawemeyer Award, four Grammy Awards and an Academy Award (for The Red Violin) and have been performed and recorded by many of the most prominent orchestras, soloists, and chamber musicians in the world. Attentive listening to this music reveals an unconfined imagination, one which has taken traditional notions like "symphony" or "concerto" and redefined them in a uniquely transparent idiom forged as much from the post-war European avant garde as from his American forebears.

Also a celebrated educator, Corigliano serves on the composition faculty at the Juilliard School of Music and holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Music at Lehman College, City University of New York, which has established a scholarship in his name.

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