Artist in Residency- Fred Lerdahl

Boston University College of Fine Arts

School of Music, School of Theatre, School of Visual Arts



For immediate release: September 23, 2016

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Boston University Center for New Music Announces

Artist in Residence – Fred Lerdahl

Two-Part Residency with Composer and Music Theorist includes performance by

Boston-based new music sinfonietta Sound Icon – September 30th at the CFA Concert Hall


Boston, MA – The Center for New Music at Boston University College of Fine Arts welcomes composer and music theorist Fred Lerdahl — September 27–30, 2016.

Best known for his work on musical grammar and cognition, rhythmic theory, pitch space, and cognitive constraints on compositional systems, Lerdahl’s residency is the first of two this season, and will culminate in a performance of Time After Time by new music sinfonietta Sound Icon on September 30 at the CFA Concert Hall.


Sound Icon

Date & Time: Friday, September 30, 8pm

Program: Rick Burkhardt’s Great Hymn of Thanksgiving and Alban, Richard Carrick’s Dark Flow, and Fred Lerdahl’s Time After Time.

Venue: CFA Concert Hall (855 Commonwealth Avenue)

Free and Open to the Public


In an interview with The New York Times, Lerdahl credits those who have influenced his work including Elliot Carter, late Sibelius, early Schoenberg, Bartok, and Stravinksy, and describes his unfading infatuation for creating compositions admired for their striking ideas and elegant craftsmanship. “Mr. Lerdahl – who came of age amid the stylistic battles of the 1970s – said he ‘always sought music forms of [his] own invention,’ trying to match the right form with the right expression.”

Perhaps one of his most-recognized compositions, Time After Time is the first of three he’s composed since 2000 that were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Music (2001). Leading up to Friday’s Sound Icon performance, Lerdahl will give a lecture in Composer’s Forum on September 27, and work closely with BU Composition students coaching the ensembles and giving masterclasses.

The second leg of Lerdahl’s residency will take place in early 2017, and will include a performance of  String Quartet No. 3 (Pulitzer Prize for Music Finalist, 2010 )with the contemporary string quartet JACK Quartet (January 24).

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About Boston University Center for New Music

Located within a thriving music schoool, Boston University Center for New Music, seeks to enhance the presence of cutting edge music within the curriculum while encouraging awareness of new music to the BU arts community and to the broader New England arts community. To widen the conversation within the greater university, the Center hosts lectures, demonstrations, and performances that are open to the public, providing a forum for broader interdisciplinary involvement. To that end, the Center also hosts several institutional collaborations, including its partnership with the Boston-based contemporary music sinfonietta Sound Icon, and selected concerts that are staged at off-campus venues.

Celebrating its fifth season, the Boston University Center for New Music is honored to host a number of artists-in-residence, including a two-part residency with composer and music theorist Fred Lerdahl (September 27–30, 2015; January 23–25, 2017); a series of workshops and concerts with electric guitarist Giacomo Baldelli; and a ten-day residency with preeminent French composer Tristan Murail (April 4–14, 2017).

Other residencies will include workshops and concerts with the Argento Ensemble, the JACK Quartet, Boston’s contemporary music sinfonietta, Sound Icon, and New York-based new music ensemble, Talea Ensemble.



Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 33,000 students, it is the fourth –largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 16 schools and colleges, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University’s research and teaching mission. In 2012, BU joined the Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada. Established in 1954, Boston University College of Fine Arts (CFA) is a top-tier fine arts institution. Comprised of the School of Music, School of Theatre, and School of Visual Arts, CFA offers professional training in the arts in conservatory-style environments for undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students.

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