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Tuesday, October 15

7:30 PM |  First Presbyterian Church 

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Juan Orrego Salas 100th Birthday Festival Celebration

Guest Lecture:
Ricardo Lorenz, "Juan Orrego-Salas at 100: Continuity, Change and Timelessness"



In 1971, Juan Orrego-Salas delivered a lectured titled “Continuity and Change in Music: Reflections of a Composer” on the occasion of the Catholic University of Chile conferring him an Honorary Doctoral Degree. Using ideas from this lecture and samples of his works, I recount my almost 40-year association with Juan Oregon-Salas. My presentation honors the wisdom received at each facet along the way and illustrates how my identity as a composer, not always in synch with his, acquired indelible meaning in my life through our memorable interaction. I conclude by pointing out the extent to which Juan Orrego-Salas’ legacy lives on in my own composition students.

Presenter Biography 

Ricardo Lorenz (b. 1961)


Venezuelan-born Ricardo Lorenz is currently Professor and Chair of Music Composition at Michigan State University College of Music.  Between 1999 and 2003 he served as Composer-in-Residence of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Armonia Musicians Residency Program and as Associate Director of the Indiana University Latin American Music Center between 2003 and 2005, previously having served as Interim Director between 1987 and 1992.  Lorenz’s orchestral compositions have been performed in the U.S. by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, New World Symphony, among many others and by orchestras in Venezuela, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Sweden, Canada, Israel, and the Czech Republic.  He has received awards and commissions from American Bandmasters Association/University of Florida Commissioning Project, National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell Colony, National Flute Association, Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Meet-the-Composer Midwest, MetLife Creative Connections, Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, Concert Artists Guild, Ravinia Festival, and The University of Chicago.   He has served as Composition Faculty of the Wintergreen Summer Music Academy (Virginia) and as Composer-in-Residence of Music in the Loft (Chicago), Sewanee Summer Music Festival (Tennessee), the Billings Symphony Orchestra (Montana), and has recently adjudicated the Young-Nam International Music Festival Composition Competition in South Korea and the Banaue International Music Composition Competition in Philippines.  Ricardo Lorenz’s compositions are published by Keiser Southern Music and by Boosey & Hawkes.  They can be heard on the following record labels:  ECM, Naxos, Albany Records, Arabesque Recordings, Navona Records, Cedille Records, GIA Publications, as well as labels in Turkey, Mexico, Venezuela, and the U.K.


Lorenz holds a Ph.D. degree in composition from The University of Chicago and a MM degree from Indiana University.  He studied composition with Juan Orrego-Salas, Shulamit Ran, and Donald Erb and previously taught at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, The University of Chicago, and City Colleges of Chicago




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