Amazing Grace: James Newton at 65

22 April 2018 06:00 PM – 07:30 PM
Location: Schoenberg Hall, 445 Charles E Young Drive East, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA, Los Angeles, California, United States
Category: Department of Ethnomusicology

Amazing Grace: James Newton at 65
Sunday, April 22, 6pm
Schoenberg Hall, Free Admission
RSVPs receive priority up until 15 minutes before the event. Standby is on a first come, first seated basis. Early arrival is recommended.

Award-winning composer/flutist/conductor James Newton, a Distinguished Professor of Ethnomusicology, is celebrating his 65th birthday with an inspirational tribute concert featuring a handful of his more than 300 compositions. Amazing Grace: James Newton at 65 traverses from 1988-1989's "The King's Way" (dedicated to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and broadcast worldwide on NPR), to the world premiere of  "Glimpses of the Garden of Eden" for horn solo and chamber orchestra, written in 2016. A font of creativity, his work encompasses chamber, symphonic, and electronic music genres, compositions for ballet and modern dance, and numerous jazz and world music contexts. An international touring flutist/composer for more than 30 years, Newton’s experiences performing thousands of concerts in Africa, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East “radically sculpted my approach to composition,” he said. Among his influences are Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, J. S. Bach, Mary Lou Williams, Claude Debussy, Olivier Messiaen, Doudou N'Diaye Rose, Henri Dutilleux, Toru Takemitsu, Hale Smith, György Ligeti, John Coltrane and Billy Strayhorn. “As my composing developed and incorporated new sources along with greater awareness and heightened sensitivity to other art forms,” he said. “My desire to connect seemingly disparate languages intensified.”

Giving life to his work, featured artists include The Southeast Symphony, conducted by Anthony Parnther, Grammy-winning UCLA pianist Gloria Cheng, the Lyris Quartet, soprano Holly Sedillos, Dylan Skye Hart, horn, and bassist Eric Shetzen.

The King's Way (1988-89)
    Holly Sedillos, soprano

World Premiere!
The Sixth Seal from the Revelation Diptych for solo piano (2010)
        Gloria Cheng, piano

World Premiere!
Glimpses of the Garden of Eden for Horn Soloist and Chamber Orchestra (2016)
    Dylan Skye Hart, horn

Elisha's Gift (2014)
    Lyris Quartet and Eric Shetzen, Bass

Beauty and Strength (2016)
    Chamber Orchestra

Amazing Grace (2016) 
    String Orchestra

Let us know you’ll be coming, RSVP HERE. RSVPs receive priority up until 15 minutes before the event. Standby is on a first come, first seated basis. Early arrival is recommended.

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