Heart and soul in the breathtaking music of a thoughtful contemporary composer. Thomas's brainy brand of modernism reveals a loving probing mind allied to a beating heart. --Gramophone Magazine, Donald Rosenberg
Composer Augusta Read Thomas was the Mead Composer-in-Residence for Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra fro 1997 through 2006. In 2007, her Astral Canticle was one of the two finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in music. Thomas has also been on the board of directors of the American Music Center since 2000, as well as on the boards and advisory boards of several other chamber music groups. She was elected chair of the board of the American Music Center, a volunteer position that ran from 2005 to 2008. She is University Professor at the University of Chicago. Thomas' music is striking in its beauty, elegance and power. The A-State faculty and student will join with guest artist The Parker String Quartet in presenting a concert of Thomas' chamber and large ensemble music. With generous funding and support from the A-State Department of Music, the College of Fine Arts, the SCI Chapter, the A-State Bands and the College of Sciences and Mathematics.
See additional details in the university news release, available here.