“John Corigliano will have a pretty full plate for the next week, between the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, for whom he is the 2014-15 composer of the year, and Hendrix College, where he’ll be an artist in residence,” writes Eric Harrison in Tuesday’s (11/4) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock; subscription required). “On Thursday morning, Corigliano will make a few remarks and answer questions at a welcoming ceremony at which the Arkansas Symphony’s Rockefeller String Quartet will play his String Quartet No. 1. At 7:30, various musicians and ensembles will perform an all-Corigliano program.… A pair of weekend concerts … will reunite Corigliano with guitarist Sharon Isbin, who will perform Troubadours—Variations for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra, which she commissioned from Corigliano…. It will also reunite him with ASO Music Director Philip Mann, with whom he worked in Sydney, Australia, in September 2009.… Corigliano said in a note following the performance … ‘I have seen and heard Philip Mann prepare and perform a very difficult work of mine in Sydney, and cannot think of anyone who could have done a better job.’ ”

Posted November 6, 2014