Music & Muse

October 27, 2017

Composer and Brown University Assistant Professor of Music Eric Nathan will speak about his recent original compositions, “the space of a door” for orchestra and “how small a part of time,” a choral work with a text strung together from book titles found under “h” in the Athenæum’s card catalog. Nathan’s work is a journey in dialogues, performed throughout the world by performers and ensembles including conductor Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Berlin Philharmonic’s Scharoun Ensemble. Nathan will discuss his creative process, the Athenæum as muse, and the collected energy of historical spaces to create music that contains “sadness, beauty and hopefulness all at once.”


Composer Eric Nathan’s music has been described as being “as diverse as it is arresting.” A 2013 Rome Prize Fellow and 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, Nathan received international acclaim through performances by Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic’s Scharoun Ensemble, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, and the International Contemporary Ensemble. His music has additionally been featured at the New York Philharmonic’s 2014 and 2016 Biennials, Carnegie Hall, Aldeburgh Music Festival, Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, and the Aspen Music Festival. Nathan served as Visiting Assistant Professor in Composition at the Williams College Department of Music for the 2014-15 academic year, and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music at the Brown University Department of Music.

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