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Screening of Maurice Wright's Visual Music - CANCELED - 7:30 pm, Saturday, February 15, 2014 - Performing Arts Building

Due to the impending storm and related travel advisories, all three events, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, February 14 & 15 are canceled. He sends his apologies, and looks forward to visiting Virginia Tech, another time.

Special Event:  Screening of Maurice Wright's Visual Music, Room 105, Performing Arts Building - open to staff and students at Virginia Tech.  Free of charge.

The pieces on this program span about 15 years, and each began as a musical composition to which images were added. Beginning with simple two dimensional images, I eventually learned about more sophisticated computer graphics as the processing speed of my computer increased. The cartoon-like character of the pieces remains somewhat constant, even as more photographic images are added into the mix. My goal was to create an environment in which electroacoustic music—a challenging medium for many— can be approached by disguising it as soundtrack. -Maurice Wright

Maurice Wright was born in 1949 in Front Royal, Virginia, a small town situated between the forks of the Shenandoah River near the Blue Ridge Mountains. He received a doctoral degree from Columbia University, where he explored diverse interests that included music composition, computer science and film. He has been commissioned by outstanding ensembles and soloists across the United States, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Emerson String Quartet, the American Brass Quintet, the Riverside Symphony, and the Berkshire Music Festival at Tanglewood. The American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Fromm Music Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts have recognized and supported his work. Six CD recordings on New World, Innova and CRI include his compositions.  He is Laura H. Carnell Professor of Music Composition at Temple University's Boyer College Of Music and Dance.