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John F. Kennedy 50th Anniversary Memorial Concert



William Jay Sydeman

William Jay Sydeman will be performing his John F. Kennedy: 50th Anniversary Memorial Concert on Sunday July 7, at 5:00 pm at the Mendocino Art Center Main Gallery. 

SONGS: Marja Liisa Kay and Jack Leung will perform a selection of Mr. Sydeman’s works for voice and piano. 

Five Short Songs

The Fence

Who Coverest

RETROSPECTIVE: Mr. Sydeman will discuss his works and play recordings in this 85th year of his life.

Study No. 2 for Orchestra
Performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra
on November 22, 1963

In Memoriam: John F Kennedy
Commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra
Narrated by E. G. Marshall

Biography: Born in New York City in 1928 and educated at Manhattan’s Mannes School of Music, he quickly became one of the most sought after and honored composers of his generation, receiving commissions from such prestigious groups as the Lincoln  Center for the Performing Arts, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Boston Symphony, which premiered his orchestral work in memory of John F. Kennedy in 1966.

Mr. Sydeman is one of America’s most prolific and inventive composers. In an era in which many of his colleagues have defined their careers through a handful of brief works, he has produced an output whose scope and variety are absolutely unique with more than 400 compositions that is reminiscent of the Baroque and Classical eras.

In 1970, after a heady period that included awards from the National Institute of Arts and letters, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Library of Congress, Mr. Sydeman left New York, and composition, to begin a journey of personal and artistic exploration. He taught at a teenage drug rehabilitation center in rural California, spent two years in Los Angeles commercial music industry, and another year studying Steiner education in England, before settling in Hawaii, where he composed liturgical music for a Tibetan Buddhist Temple. In 1981, Mr. Sydeman returned to the mainland, and began teaching at the Steiner College in Fair Oaks, California, and finally returned to composition as the defining aspect of his life.

In 1988, Mr. Sydeman moved to Nevada City, California. Like many of his fellow artists, he has created a private, nurturing environment for his compositional work, but has not retreated from public life. He has devoted himself to making music of all periods accessible to everyone with open ears and hearts. Whether as a conductor of visiting professionals, mentor of talented amateurs, or teacher of our gifted youth.

Tickets are $15 per person. For additional information call 800-653-3328.

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