Joan Tower: At 70

Joan Tower: At 70
This September, Joan Tower begins her 70th-birthday celebrations with a season-long composer residency at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Concerts feature performances of her works And...They're Off, For Daniel, and the world premiere of A Gift for piano and winds. In the spring, violist Paul Neubauer performs Wild Purple (a piece he commissioned for Tower’s 60th birthday) and he adds to the repertoire with the world premiere of Simply Purple. Violinist Cho-Liang Lin joins Gary Hoffman (cello) and André-Michel Schub (piano) to offer the New York premiere of her recent work Trio La Jolla (a co-commission with the La Jolla Music Society and the Virginia Arts Festival).

Other Tower season highlights include: the premiere of her first choral commission Can I, written for the Young People's Chorus of New York; her new Dumbarton Quintet featuring the composer at the keyboard; continuing concerts of her groundbreaking orchestral commission Made in America; the Toronto Symphony's weekend featuring the Violin Concerto with soloist Jacques Israelievitch (led by Peter Oundjian); Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony presenting the Concerto for Orchestra; and the Miami String Quartet’s premiere of a commission by Music from Angel Fire. Tower celebrations continue into fall 2008 with a 6 September birthday concert at Merkin Concert Hall.
"At this age, I feel fortunate indeed to be blessed with health, happiness, and continuing active involvement in music as a composer, performer, and teacher."

— Joan Tower
Off Press:
"Joan Tower: The Comprehensive Bio-Bibliography" by Ellen K. Grolman

ISBN–13: 978-0-8108-5653-0
ISBN–10: 0-8108-5653-0