Composer and pianist Anthony Davis will perform a concert set in the VISUAL ENVIRONMENTS exhibit in GOCA121 as part of a collaborative series of concerts curated by Peak Frequency Creative Arts Collective. Called "A National Treasure" by Opera News for his pioneering work in opera, Anthony Davis' music has made an important contribution not only in opera, but in chamber, choral and orchestral music. He has been on the cutting edge of improvised music and Jazz for over three decades.
Davis will begin his UCCS residency as the special guest in the Theatreworks and the UCCS Theatre Program Prologue in conjunction with the Pulitzer Prize winning play Seven Guitars. During his stay, Anthony Davis will present workshops and lectures on his opera works, work with students on opera scenes and improvised composition and will perform a concert with faculty and students featuring his work.
Free, tickets required. Suggested donation of $5 at the door to benefit Peak Frequency Creative Arts Alliance. Refreshments will be provided.
About Anthony Davis:
Called "A National Treasure" by Opera News for his pioneering work in opera, Anthony Davis' music has made an important contribution not only in opera, but in chamber, choral and orchestral music. He has been on the cutting edge of improvised music and Jazz for over three decades. Anthony Davis continues to explore new avenues of expression while retaining a distinctly original voice. Mr. Davis has composed five operas. X: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MALCOLM X with a libretto by Thulani Davis, had its world premiere at the New York City Opera in 1986. His latest opera, Lilith (libretto by Allan Havis)' had its world premiere at the Conrad Prebys Music Center in UCSD in 2009.
A graduate of Yale University in 1975, Mr. Davis is currently a professor of music at the University of California, San Diego. In 2008 he received the "Lift Every Voice" Legacy Award from the National Opera Association acknowledging his pioneering work in opera. In 2006 Mr. Davis was awarded a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Mr. Davis has also been honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the New York Foundation of the Arts, the National Endowment of the Arts, the Massachusetts Arts Council, the Carey Trust, Chamber Music America, Meet-the-Composer Wallace Fund, the MAP fund with the Rockefeller Foundation and Opera America. He has been an artist fellow at the MacDowell Colony and at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center in Italy.
About Peak FreQuency:
The Peak FreQuency Creative Arts Collective serves as a platform for innovative, culturally diverse pursuits in music, as well as interdisciplinary practices and research in sonic arts and other fields. A resident organization of the Music Program of the Visual and Performing Arts Department (VAPA) at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Peak Frequency presents thematically designed, carefully curated concerts as well as interactive residencies with guests drawn from the international music and arts scenes that reflect both faculty and student research, creative work and VAPA Music curriculum directions.