Thursday, April 23, 2009

Visiting Composer: Jake Heggie

Composer and pianist Jake Heggie is coming to the Texas Lutheran University campus April 27-29 as artist in residence. While on campus he will present two recitals and conduct a master class, all open to the public.
Heggie is the composer of the acclaimed operas “Dead Man Walking,” “Three Decembers,” “The End of the Affair,” the lyric drama “To Hell and Back,” and the musical scene “At the Statue of Venus.” The recipient of a 2005-06 Guggenheim Fellowship, he has composed more than 200 songs, as well as concerti, orchestral works and chamber music. He is currently at work on an epic opera for the Dallas Opera based on Melville’s Moby Dick, and has been asked to develop an opera project for the Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center Theatre.
On April 29, Heggie will perform his compositions along with guest artists Jennifer Black, Rachel Fry, John Seesholtz, Laura Jenschke, and Karla Hamelin. The recital, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Ayers Recital Hall of the Schuech Fine Arts Center on the TLU campus.
A “Recital and Conversation with Jake Heggie” featuring TLU Students will begin at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 28 in Ayers Recital Hall and is open to the public.
A master class featuring composer and pianist Jake Heggie will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, April 27, in Ayers Recital Hall. Heggie will work with guest artists and students of the TLU School of Music. For more information about TLU, visit the university’s Web site at
Host John Clare will have an interview with Heggie posted next week here on your Classical Oasis!

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