Keynote Address by Walter Simmons: "Twentieth-Century American Composers: The Traditionalist Path"
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 7:00PM - CHISM HALL, WHITMAN COLLEGE HALL OF MUSIC
Reception to Follow
Free and Open to the Public
Walter Simmons is a musicologist and critic who has devoted more than 30 years to increasing the general public’s enjoyment and understanding of concert music. He has written hundreds of articles and reviews published in Fanfare, American Music, American Record Guide, Music Journal, and Musical America, as well as entries in The New Grove and other reference books. In addition to being executive producer of recordings of major 20th-century works that were previously unknown, Simmons has worked in radio as producer, commentator on a weekly radio series, and as a guest on Performance Today and other programs on National Public Radio. His mission is the discovery and dissemination of 20th-century classical music that embodies traditional aesthetic values of beauty, clarity, and emotional expression. In his two books Voices in the Wilderness: Six American Neo-Romantic Composers (Bloch, Hanson, Giannini, Creston, Barber, Flagello) and Voices of Stone and Steel: The Music of William Schuman, Vincent Persichetti, and Peter Mennin, he attempts to bring to the awareness of the music world great works that have not yet been recognized.