Music written by Dan Locklair, Wake Forest University’s composer-in-residence, will be premiered at the 1996 Centennial Convention of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) in New York City July 9. New York City Opera conductor Robert Duerr will conduct the Ascension Orchestra’s performance of Locklair’s piece, “Ere long we shall see…” (Concerto Brevis for Organ and Orchestra). The American organist Gregory D’Agostino will be the soloist in the concert at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
“Ere long we shall see…” was commissioned for this concert that celebrates the 100th anniversary of the AGO. Locklair, who was named the 1996 AGO Composer of the Year, will also participate in a July 10 panel discussion on contemporary music, along with Lukas Foss, Milton Babbitt and Joan Tower.
Another of Locklair’s recent compositions can be heard Sunday, July 14, on the National Public Radio program, “The First Art.” The program will broadcast “Brief Mass,” a piece from the compact disc “Dan Locklair Choral Music.” “The First Art” airs at 8 a.m. and again at 10 p.m. on station WFDD (88.5 FM), Wake Forest University’s NPR affiliate.