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Hopkins Center and Kronos Quartet announce third commission

Composer Visconti to be in residence next year

The Hopkins Center for the Arts announced that composer Dan Visconti has been selected as the recipient of the third commission offered through the Kronos: Under 30 Project. More than 300 composers from 35 countries-including China, France, Uzbekistan and Turkey-applied to the project, which is a collaboration of the Kronos Quartet and the Hopkins Center, in cooperation with the American Music Center. The Hopkins Center inaugurated this program with Kronos in 2000, the quartet's 30th anniversary year.

Dan Visconti
Dan Visconti

Visconti, a native of La Grange, Ill., is currently pursuing a master's degree in music at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has been commissioned by Kronos and the Hopkins Center to write a new work that will receive its world premiere at the Hopkins Center in January 2006, when he will also be in residence with Kronos at Dartmouth.

In its 43 years, the Hopkins Center has built a long and distinguished history of commissioning new works from both renowned and emerging composers, including Vincent Persichetti, Alberto Ginastera, and George Rochberg.

According to Margaret Lawrence, Hopkins Center Director of Programming, "commissioning new work is absolutely vital to the continued health of our country's creative expression. It's also a great way to show Dartmouth students that the canon of classical music isn't static-new works are being created all around us every day. To have both Kronos and the winning young composer on campus to interact with Dartmouth students is a unique opportunity. We're thoroughly looking forward to the lively learning and enjoyment of new music."

The Kronos Quartet/Kronos Performing Arts Association is a non-profit organization based in San Francisco whose mission is to present and promote contemporary music and expand the repertoire for string quartet. More information can be found at their Web site.

By ROLF OLSEN

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Last Updated: 12/17/08