Douglas Knehans

Monday 10 October - Friday 28 October 2016

Douglas Knehans has received awards from the American Music Center, the NEA, the Australia Council Performing Arts Board, Yale University, the MacDowell Colony, Opera Australia, The Cannes Film Festival, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The National Symphony Orchestra, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Meet the Composer and a host of others.

His music has been praised by The Washington Post as “beautiful” and that “tells an exciting story;” by The Miami Herald as “wildly inventive;” by The Australian as “brilliantly catchy and eerily bright;” and Fanfare Magazine says “”This is music of tremendous imagination. Knehans scores with a masterly hand,
his sound paintbrush unerringly hitting the mark.” and that it is “…effective…incisive… and hauntingly beautiful.”

Knehans is the Norman Dinerstein Professor of Composition Scholar at the world leading University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. His music is available on ERM Media, Crystal Records, Move Records, New World Records and ABLAZE Records. His most recent disc of ‘Concertos’ was a winner in the 2015 American Prize for Orchestral Composition and was 2016 Gold Medal-Best of Show winner in the Global Music Awards.

During his stay, Douglas will give an illustrated lecture on his music and composition practice with a focus on the new opera libretto project he is working on with ACT based, award-winning writer Mark Henshaw (Snow Kimono, winner of the NSW Premiers Prize).

What: Douglas Knehans on opera, composition and collaboration
When: Wednesday 26 October, 5.30pm for a 6pm start
Where: Function Room, Ainslie Arts Centre
Cost: Free, but bookings required. Please RSVP via Eventbrite by Monday 24 October.