American composer Jake Heggie – whose operas include Dead Man Walking, Moby Dick, The End of the Affair and Three Decembers (performed last year by the USC Thornton Opera), will culminate a residency at the USC Thornton School of Music in a concert of his works presented by vocal arts students on Oct. 30.
“It is a thrill for our students to be able to work with such an influential contemporary composer,” said Robert A. Cutietta, dean of USC Thornton.
The San Francisco-based composer and pianist has written more than 200 art songs, as well as orchestral, choral and chamber music. He works frequently with artists such as Joyce DiDonato, Susan Graham, Ben Heppner, Frederica von Stade and Kiri Te Kanawa, among others.
In 2010-11, Heggie was artist-in-residence at the University of North Texas at Denton, where he composed his first symphony based on several Ahab monologues from Moby Dick. The symphony will premiere in 2012 with tenor Richard Croft as the soloist. Hegge’s operas have been performed by dozens of companies throughout the United States and Europe, as well as in Australia, Canada and South America.
During his residency at USC Thornton, Heggie worked with USC Thornton’s vocal arts students.
Heggie’s concert will take place at 7 p.m. at Alfred Newman Recital Hall.
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