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(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)- Dr. Larry Lipkis, professor of music and composer-in-residence with the Moravian College Music Department, was recently commissioned to write a Basson Concerto for the Houston Symphony. Lipkis was chosen after submitting an original piece, which will be premiered from January 18-20, 2002.
Lipkis's work, titled Pierrot, is part of a trilogy that he completed while on sabbatical last year. The trilogy is based on the characters from Commedia dell'Arte, with part one, Scaramouche, created for cello and part two, Harlequin for bass. Lipkis began the project in the 1980's and completed Scaramouche in 1989 and Harlequin in 1997.
The character Pierrot is depicted as having a simplicity about him and he would fall in love passionately and shyly. Pierott often fell victim to his rivals and had very few conquests. He was a tormented soul, plagued by demons, who sought to find his own meaning in the world.
Lipkis has written over 70 works for chamber ensembles, choir, and orchestra. He is also a member of the Baltimore Consort, an internationally acclaimed early music ensemble that specializes in popular music of the 16th and 17th centuries. The Consort has appeared several times in Houston, most recently in December of 2000, under the Houston Harpsichord Society.
Lipkis received a B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles; a M.A from the University of Pennsylvania; and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Five of Dr. Lipkis's works have been recorded on CD. His bass trombone concerto was premiered in 1997 by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He performs and records with the Baltimore Consort, an internationally acclaimed early music ensemble specializing in popular music from Shakespeare's time. He is also a classical music programmer for WDIY-FM.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the website at www.moravian.edu.