The College of Arts and Architecture

Lowell Liebermann, composer

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Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 10:00am
Music Seminar Room, Pattee Library

Free Admission

Composer Lowell Liebermann presents a masterclass for Penn State's composition students. The masterclass is hosted by composition faculty member Paul Barsom. Liebermann will also lead a public presentation of his compositions, followed by a Q/A session, at 1 p.m. in 115 Music Building I.

An open discussion with Liebermann will be moderated by the Classical Music Student Ambassador Leaders on Friday, October 16 at 10:00 a.m. in 110 MBI. The discussion is free and open to the public.

The Emerson String Quartet will perform Liebermann’s String Quartet No. 5, Op. 126 on Thursday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Schwab Auditorium. This composition was co-commissioned by Penn State's Center for the Performing Arts through its membership in Music Accord. The program also includes Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 76, No. 4 (Sunrise) and Franz Schubert’s String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, Op. 29 (Rosamunde). To purchase tickets, click here.

This presentation is a component of the Center for the Performing Arts Classical Music Project. With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project provides opportunities to engage students, faculty and the community with classical music artists and programs. Please visit cmp.psu.edu for additional information regarding the Classical Music Project.


Lowell Liebermann is one of America's most frequently performed and recorded living composers. Called by the New York Times "as much of a traditionalist as an innovator." Liebermann's music is known for its technicallowell liebermann command and audience appeal. Having written over one hundred works in all genres, several of them have gone on to become standard repertoire for their instruments, including his “Sonata for Flute and Piano,” which has been recorded more than twenty times to date, and his “Gargoyles for Piano,” which has been recorded fifteen times.

Liebermann's Symphony No. 2 was premiered in February 2000 by the Dallas Symphony and Chorus, under the direction of Andrew Litton. Time magazine wrote, "Now brazen and glittering, now radiantly visionary, the Liebermann Second, a resplendent choral symphony, is the work of a composer unafraid of grand gestures and openhearted lyricism." Mr. Litton and the DSO recorded the symphony and the Liebermann Concerto for Flute and Orchestra for Delos, with Eugenia Zukerman the soloist. In February 2001, the Dallas Symphony gave the New York premiere of Liebermann's Piano Concerto No. 2 at Carnegie Hall, with Stephen Hough as soloist. Stephen Wigler of the Baltimore Sun found the concerto to be "perhaps the best piece in the genre since Samuel Barber's concerto." John Ardoin, of the Dallas Morning News, described the work as "more than a knockout; it is among the best works of its kind in this century." Stephen Hough's recording of the concerto -- conducted by the composer -- received a 1998 Grammy Award.

Lowell Liebermann was born in New York City in 1961. He began piano studies at the age of eight, and composition studies at fourteen. He made his performing debut two years later at Carnegie Recital Hall, playing his Piano Sonata, Op. 1, which he composed when he was fifteen. He holds bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School. Among his many awards is a Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters as well as awards from ASCAP and BMI. Theodore Presser Company is the exclusive publisher of his music. He currently resides in Weehawken, New Jersey with his partner, pianist and conductor William Hobbs. For more information on Lowell Liebermann, please access www.lowellliebermann.com.

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