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Guest Lecturer Michel van der Aa, Composer Music and Lecture

Music and Lecture

Michel van der Aa is a major force in the European contemporary music scene.  In 2013 he won the Grawemeyer Award, previously won by composers such as Boulez, Lutoslawski, Ligeti and Takemitsu.  A filmmaker as well as a composer, van der Aa has been combining these two media plus stage action in absolutely unique ways, creating masterpieces of new expressivity along the way.  He will be in the U.S. to stage direct the American premiere of his fourth opera, Sunken Garden, in Dallas.  Wake Forest University is the only school he will visit.  Louis Goldstein will perform “Transit” for piano and video, and Mr. van der Aa will speak about his music.


Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 7:30pm

Scales Fine Arts Center, Brendle Recital Hall
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Event Type

Arts & Entertainment, Music, Next Week at Wake


Academics, Music

Target Audience

Faculty, General Public, Parents/Guests, Staff, Students, Prospective Students


Free and Open to the Public

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Jean Trowbridge

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Andrew Ettin

Andrew Ettin left a positive review 3/15/2018

The performance and lecture, including video excerpts of Mr. Van der Aa's work, were outstanding and provoked some of the most thoughtful questions I have ever heard from a lecture audience anywhere.