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World Premiere of Lawrence Dillon’s Sanctuary Presented by Seattle Chamber Music Society

July 3, 2013
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
516-586-3433 or jamesarts@att.net

The World Premiere of Lawrence Dillon’s Sanctuary for 2 violins, viola, cello, bass, horn and piano will be presented by the Seattle Chamber Music Society as part of their 2013 Summer Festival concert series on Monday, July 8 at 8:00 PM at Nordstrom Recital Hall of Benaroya Hall, 200 University Street in Seattle, Washington.

The new work, commissioned by the SCMS Commissioning Club for the 2013 Festival, consists of four movements: Domed and Steepled Solitude, Winged Sandals, Scents and Recollection and A Reliable Pulse. The composer writes about each movement:

“When Mark Twain first visited New York City, he spoke of a “domed and steepled solitude, where a stranger is lonely among a million of his race.” The first movement of Sanctuary pits overwhelming clamor against quiet introspection -- the initial tempo indication is Tranquillo vs. furioso – gradually subsiding into gently rolling harmonies.”

“Many of us have felt the seductive nature of speed (the state of motion, not the amphetamine), whether found in running shoes, in the air, in amusement park rides, on the highways. Leaving the rest of the world in a blur enables us to find, if only briefly, a sense of repose and wonder. The second movement, Winged Sandals, celebrates speed in a scherzo named for the conveyance favored by Mercury, the swift messenger god of ancient Rome.”

Scents and Recollection traces the path from sensory experience to memory, so lovingly described by Proust in À la recherche du temps perdu. A single note blossoms into a many-voiced aria from a bygone era, leading to the peaceful, rocking harmonies that concluded the first movement.”

“All life ends, but life itself endures. As we ponder our individual fates, we can’t help but seek reassurance in the consistent rhythms coursing through the vessels of our mortality. A Reliable Pulse finds refuge from darkest fears in the steady but fragile patterns of life: a beating heart, an exuberant dance.” See a video of Lawrence Dillon speaking about the new work at http://www.seattlechambermusic.org/about/videos/.

Other works on the program are Beethoven’s 10 Variations on 'Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu' for Piano Trio, Op. 121a and Mozart’s Divertimento for String Trio in E-flat Major, K. 563. More about this and other Summer Festival concerts at http://www.seattlechambermusic.org/concerts/concert-series/?series_id=30&display=performances.

Tickets are for the July 8 event are $15. For more information, call 206-283-8710 or visit http://www.seattlechambermusic.org/box-office/purchase-tickets/.

Lawrence Dillon is Composer in Residence at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and has had recent commissions and performances by the Emerson String Quartet, the Mansfield (OH) Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, the Salt Lake City Symphony, the Daedalus String Quartet, the University of Utah Philharmonia and the Idyllwild (CA) Symphony Orchestra. He has won awards from ASCAP, the Juilliard School, the Ravinia Festival, the International Horn Society, the American Music Center, CRS and many other organizations.

Naxos has issued Lawrence Dillon Violin Music (Catalogue No: 8.559644 - http://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=8.559644), featuring seven chamber works performed by violinist Danielle Belen, 2008 Grand Prize Winner of the Sphinx Competition. His other recent, critically-acclaimed CD release, Insects and Paper Airplanes, is on the Bridge label – http://www.bridgerecords.com/catpage.php?call=9332. His music is published by American Composers Alliance - http://composers.com/. Visit his website at http://www.lawrencedillon.com/.

He is represented by Jeffrey James Arts Consulting - 516-586-3433 or jamesarts@att.net, to whom inquiries about his music can be directed.

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