A Morton Gould Centennial Celebration at LIU Post
Landmark composer’s work to be performed Feb. 24 at Tilles Center, with family members in attendance; Gould biographer to be interviewed on WCWP
Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Post, Long Island University
Brookville, N.Y. – The music of Pulitzer and Grammy-winning composer Morton Gould will be celebrated at LIU Post with an interview with his biographer at the campus radio station and a concert of his works by student performers Sunday, Feb. 24 at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.
Members of Gould’s family will be present for the concert, “A Morton Gould Centennial Celebration,” performed by the LIU Post Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony at 3 p.m. The program consists entirely of Gould compositions, with one exception – the premiere of “Sacrifice,” a three-movement composition by LIU Post student Nicholas Hall.
“I thought it appropriate to include this piece on the Gould concert since Gould was such an advocate of young composers – in fact, there is an ASCAP Young Composers Award named after him,” said Dr. James W. McRoy, director of wind studies and professor of music at LIU Post.
Gould (1913-1996) was a child prodigy who published a composition at age 6, was the first staff pianist at the then-new Radio City Music Hall and arranged and conducted music for national radio programs. He integrated jazz, blues, gospel, country-and-western, and folk elements into compositions which bear his unequaled mastery of orchestration and imaginative formal structures.
He used digital recording techniques as early as 1978, advocated for the rights of composers and performers with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and spurned the House Un-American Activities Committee.
His music was commissioned by symphony orchestras throughout the United States, the Library of Congress, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the American Ballet Theatre, and the New York City Ballet. As a conductor, Gould led all the major American orchestras as well as those of Canada, Mexico, Europe, Japan, and Australia.
On Thursday, Feb. 21, LIU Post professor Dr. Paul Kim will interview Peter Goodman, author and biographer of “Morton Gould: American Salute” at WCWP 88.1 FM, the campus radio station. The interview will be broadcast on Feb. 24 in advance of the concert, which will also be broadcast live on WCWP.
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