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Feb. 3, 2005
LEWISBURG, Pa. — A new composition by Jackson Hill, professor of music at Bucknell University, is scheduled for premiere at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 12.
The new work, "Remembered love, unforgotten dreams," was commissioned by the internationally acclaimed British vocal ensemble The King's Singers, who will be performing the premiere.
The commissioned piece is an extended virtuoso setting for six solo voices of a seventh-century Japanese poem, and is one of Hill's cycle of vocal ensemble pieces based on Japanese poetry about the changing seasons of the year.
A previous composition, "Voices of Autumn," has received numerous performances world-wide and was included in the Grammy nominations in 2003-04.
A second work in the cycle, "When spring is born at last," received its premiere in Philadelphia this past November.
Hill's music has received performances recently at the Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Edinburgh music festivals, and at summer festivals in France, Argentina, as well as broadcasts on the BBC, French, Swiss, and Canadian national radio services. He joined the Bucknell faculty in 1968.
For more information about Jackson Hill, see http://www.facstaff.bucknell.edu/jhill/