Whitney George, June 20-26
Whitney George is a composer and conductor who specializes in the use of mixed media to blur the distinctions between concert performance, installation art, and theater. Utilizing a wide variety of material including literary texts, silent film, stock footage, and visual arts, George's compositions are characterized by an immersive theatricality that thrives on collaboration in all phases of the creative process. Her affinity for the macabre, the fantastic, and the bizarre frequently gives rise to musical programs that evoke the traditions of phantasmagoria and melodrama, challenging musicians to experiment liberally with their stage personae, and audiences to widen the scope of their attention. George holds an undergraduate degree from the California Institute of the Arts and a master's degree from the Brooklyn College Conservatory, and is currently pursuing her DMA in composition at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she has studied with David Del Tredici, David Olan, Bruce Saylor, and Tania Leon.
Cody Forrest, June 27-July 2
Cody W. Forrest (b. 1988) has been commissioned by Dinosaur Annex, conductor Daniel Hege, and the University of North Texas Theatre Department. His music has been performed by violinist Gabriela Diaz, the Syracuse University Wind Ensemble, and read by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Awards include an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, NEC Honors Ensemble Award, and selection for the 2015 EarShot New Music Readings.
Currently a doctoral candidate at New England Conservatory, Cody holds an M.M. from Syracuse University and a B.M. from the University of North Texas, where he graduated magna cum laude. At Syracuse University, he was a recipient of the Heaton Fellowship, and at UNT he received the Martin Mailman Scholarship and the Outstanding Undergraduate in Composition Award his senior year. His teachers include Kati Agócs, Malcolm Peyton, Daniel Godfrey, Andrew Waggoner, and Cindy McTee.
Fiati Five will give the European premiere of his woodwind quintet Secret Litanies this summer in Italy.
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