Van de Vate composer-in-residence Vienna
The Institute of European Studies in Vienna has named Nancy Van de Vate as Composer-in-Residence. Founded 60 years ago, IES is featuring Van de Vate and her work in this year's celebration of its contributions to the lives of students from all over the world, and particularly from the United States.
The composer will give several public lectures about her music, be presented in an all-Van de Vate concert, and continue as Professor of Composition.
IES Vienna is known for the excellence of its music program and also for such distinguished former students as author John Irving. Founded for university students from outside Austria who wish to spend a semester or a year studying in Vienna, it is one of more than twenty IES study centers worldwide.
Van de Vate is one of the few living American composers whose operas and orchestral music are heard worldwide. On November 10 "Gema Jawa" (Echoes of Jawa) will be performed by the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Toshiyuki Shimada. This exotic piece, commissioned in 1984 by the Jakarta Symphony, was premiered when the composer lived in Indonesia. Since 1985 she has lived in Vienna, where she founded the CD company, Vienna Modern Masters specializing in recording contemporary music for large orchestra.
[Source: Vienna Masterworks]