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In the latest of their series exploring the qualities of different types of music, the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra will present an engaging and entertaining discussion on contemporary, classical music entitled, “Where The Music Takes Us.”

This casual discussion will include Sioux City Symphony Orchestra Music Director, Ryan Haskins, the SCSO’s 2019 Composer of the Year, Hilary Purrington, whose music will be featured on the April 6th Sioux City Symphony Orchestra concert, “A Space Odyssey” at 7:30 p.m.

“Hilary Purrington is a New York City-based composer of chamber, vocal, and orchestral music. Her work has received recognition from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), the International Alliance for Women in Music, and the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC), among others.

Purrington’s orchestral and chamber works have been performed by many distinguished ensembles, including the Peabody Modern Orchestra, the American Modern Ensemble, Voices of Change, and the Chicago Harp Quartet. Her orchestral work ‘Likely Pictures in Haphazard Sky,’ premiered by the Yale Philharmonia, has been read by the Philadelphia and American Composers Orchestras and performed by the Minnesota Orchestra. Recent commissions in- clude new works for the New York Youth Symphony, the NOVUS Trombone Quartet, and Washington Square Winds. Upcoming projects include commissions the Philadelphia Orchestra and the American Composers Orchestra. She will also serve as compos- er-in-residence for the Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble in its 2018-19 performance season.

Purrington has also composed several works for dance. Most re- cently, the Albany Symphony commissioned ‘Patterns,’ a new work for chamber orchestra. Inspired by the life of fashion arbiter Ellen Louise Demorest, the piece featured the Albany Berkshire Ballet with choreography by Mary Talmi. In 2018, Purrington participated in Periapsis Music and Dance’s Emerging Artist Residencies and created a new work-in-progress with choreographer Annalee Traylor. While completing graduate studies at The Juilliard School, Purrington collaborated with choreographer Stephanie Terasaki to create a new work for brass quartet and dance.

Also an accomplished vocalist, Purrington has developed a reputation as a skilled composer of solo and choral music. Her song ‘For your judicious and pious consideration’ was premiered by mezzo-sopra- no Adele Grabowsky on the 2016 NY Phil Biennial’s New Music New Haven concert. In 2015, the Eric Stokes Fund commissioned Purrington to compose a new song cycle about the devastating effects of climate change. The resulting work, ‘A Clarion Call,’ was premiered at the 2017 Conference for Ecology and Religion hosted by the Yale Divinity School. Recent vocal commissions include new works for the Melodia Women’s Choir of NYC, inFLUX, and the Bowers/Fader Duo. In November 2018, the Yale Glee Club will pre- miere a newly commissioned choral work.

Originally from Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Purrington lives and works in New York City. She holds degrees from the Yale School of Music, The Juilliard School, and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.” (From

This interactive presentation will include several musical examples, the opportunity to peruse several works belonging to the composer, and will end with a Q & A session with Haskins and Purrington. 

THURSDAY, APRIL 4; 12:30 TO 1:30 P.M.
Location: Advanced Sciences Bldg., Wells Fargo Room, L110, Entrance 14, Parking Lot 4
Light snacks will be provided
Fee: No charge / Max: 30
Lifelong Learning membership required}
Course #19/FY-CPDV-2791-01 


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