Styles and Substance

In 2013, composer Mohammed Fairouz (far right) worked with student vocalists who were preparing to perform his 2012 oratorio.

Composer Mohammed Fairouz (far right) listens intently as the College Choir practices his newest work. Photo by Carl Socolow '77.

Dickinson will present Styles and Substance, a concert by the College Choir and Dickinson Improvisation and Collaboration Ensemble (D.I.C.E.), on Sunday, Nov. 8, at 4 p.m. in the First United Church of Christ on the corner of Pitt and Louther streets.

The groups will explore how composers from the 19th century to today have used stylistic decisions to explore the substance of their own identities and aesthetic philosophies. This performance features the premiere of Duo, a new choral work by Mohammed Fairouz, one of the most frequently performed, commissioned and recorded composers working today.

Hailed by The New York Times as “an important new artistic voice” and by The New Yorker as “an expert in vocal writing,” Fairouz is best known for works that tap Eastern and Western influences. He was awarded a national citation from the embassy of the United Arab Emirates for outstanding achievement in artistry and scholarship in 2008. 

Fairouz returns to Dickinson after visiting campus as an artist-in-residence in 2013 to work with student-vocalists as they prepared to perform a 2012 oratorio he composed in collaboration with the late celebrated poet Seamus Heaney. 

For more information, call 717-245-1568.

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Published November 6, 2015