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The Austin Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1911 and is Austin's oldest performing arts group. The symphony offers outstanding classical music and a wide array of innovative, nationally-recognized youth programs that touch the lives of more than 80,000 young people each year. The mission of the Austin Symphony Orchestra Society, Inc., is to enhance the cultural quality of life for the adults and young people of Austin and Central Texas by providing excellence in music performance and educational programs. Peter Bay is music director and conductor of the symphony. He also is principal guest conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic and music director of the Britts Festivals Orchestra in Medford, Oregon. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the Peabody Institute. In 1994, he was one of two conductors selected to participate in the Leonard Bernstein American Conductors Program.

The Austin Symphony will perform a concert in Alma Thomas Theater at 8 pm on Friday, February 4.

Robert Sherlaw-Johnson is an emeritus fellow of Worcester College, Oxford. He studied at the University of Durham and the Royal Academy of Music, receiving his doctor of music at Oxford University. He received the Charles W. Black Award, traveling to Paris to study piano with Jacques FÄvrier and composition with Nadia Boulanger and to attend Olivier Messiaen's classes at the Conservatoire. Sherlaw Johnson is author of a comprehensive survey of Messiaen's music. As a pianist, he specializes in music of the early twentieth century and of Franz Liszt, and he has recorded the complete Catalogue d'Oiseaux for Argo Records. Sherlaw-Johnson has composed and recorded many works in a number of genres, including a compact disc collection of his own piano music containing The Three Shakespeare Pieces and arrangements of Northumbrian folk tunes.

Robert Sherlaw-Johnson will provide an "Introduction to the Music of Messiaen" at 9 am on Thursday, February 3 and will speak on "Birdsong in Catalogue d'Oiseaux: An Imitation of Nature?" at 10:30 am on Friday, February 4.

Hans-Ola Ericsson is professor at the National College of Music in Piteî and the University of Luleî in Sweden and at Hochschule für Künste in Bremen, Germany. He studied in Stockholm, Freiburg, the United States, and Venice. Most influential among his teachers were Torsten Nilsson, Klaus Huber, Brian Ferneyhough, Edith Picht-Axenfeld, Zsigmond Szathmary, and Luigi Nono. He has performed extensively in Europe, Japan, and the United States. Among his many recordings is a highly acclaimed complete recording of Messiaen's organ music, a work that received the Swedish Gramophone Prize. Ericsson has engaged in organ restoration projects around the world. He has worked with John Cage, György Ligeti, and Olivier Messiaen on the interpretation of their music for organ.

Hans-Ola Ericsson will speak on "Music Which Touches Everything and at the Same Time Touches God" at 3:30 pm on Thursday, February 3 and give an organ rectial of Livre du Saint-Sacrement at 8 pm in Lois Perkins Chapel. He will also perform L'Ascension at 8 pm on Friday, February 4 at the same location.

Virginia Dupuy is associate professor of music at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University and is an alumna of Southwestern University. She is a noted concert and recital singer around the United States. Her recent Voces Americanas with Voices of Change received a 1999 Grammy nomination. Her recording of Dominick Argento's Pulitzer Prize-winner From the Diary of Virginia Woolf was named one of the top classical recordings of 1990. Her repertoire ranges from Bach and Beethoven, through Verdi and Mahler, to avant-garde contemporary composers. She made her Lincoln Center debut with the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall. Dupuy is in demand around the United States as teacher of master classes, as well.

Virginia Dupuy will perform with Shields-Collins Bray during a recital at 1:30 pm on Thursday, February 3 in Alma Thomas Theater.

Shields-Collins Bray is principal keyboardist of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra. He holds music degrees from Arizona State University and Texas Christian University. Bray has appeared as a soloist with the Dallas, Phoenix, and Kennedy Center orchestras. He made his Fort Worth debut as conductor during the 1998-99 season when he played and conducted Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the Fort Worth Symphony Pops Orchestra. His recordings include Donald Grantham's Fantasy Variation and Jay Wiegel's An Affirmation.

Shields-Collins Bray will perform with Virginia Dupuy during a recital at 1:30 pm on Thursday, February 3 in Alma Thomas Theater.

Paul Griffiths is a writer and author, formerly serving as chief music critic for The Times of London and The New Yorker. His first book, A Concise History of Modern Music was published in 1978 and has been translated into a number of languages. His other books include studies of Boulez, Cage, Messiaen, Ligeti, Davies, BartŚk, and Stravinsky. Among his novels are Myself and Marco Polo, which won the 1989 Commonwealth Writer's Prize, The Lay of Sir Tristam, and several librettos, The Jewel Box (1991, Mozart), Marco Polo (1996, Tan Dunn), and What Next? (1999, Elliot Carter).

Paul Griffiths will speak on "Sounding Numbers" at 10:30 am on Thursday, February 3 in Alma Thomas Theater. He will also give an "Introduction to Harawi" at 1:30 pm on Thursday, February 3 in Alma Thomas Theater, immediately preceding the recital.

Jonathan Bernard is professor of music at the University of Washington. He holds degrees from Harvard and Yale universities. Bernard serves on the advisory board for the Composers of the Twentieth Century series, Yale University Press, and on the editorial board of Perspectives of New Music. He is author of The Music of Edgard VarĆse and The Music of GyÜrgy Ligeti and editor of Music Theory in Concept and Practice (with David Beach and James Baker) and Elliot Carter: Collected Essays and Lectures, 1937-1995. The diverse topics of his papers, lectures, and journal articles have included Messiaen, Frank Zappa, Elliot Carter, and Ligeti.

Jonathan Bernard will speak on "The Color of Sound and the Sound of Color: Messiaen's Synaesthetic World" at 9 am on Friday, February 4.

Jaroslav Pelikan is Sterling Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Yale University and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Ancient Rhetoric at the Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a divinity degree from Concordia Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Pelikan is author of a number of books, most recently including The Illustrated Jesus Through the Centuries, Christianity and Classical Culture: The Metamorphosis of Natural Theology in the Christian Encounter with Hellenism, Bach Among the Theologians and Faust the Theologian, the latter based upon the Willson Lectures which he presented at Southwestern University in 1993. He has served on many professional societies and commissions, including the National Book Awards, the U.S. President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, and the Boyer Commission on Educating Undergraduates at the Research University.

Jaroslav Pelikan will speak on "The 20th Century Recovery of the Eschatological Vision: Reflections For the Millennium of Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time and Elgar's Dreams of Gerontius" at 1:30 pm on Friday, February 4.

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