Gregory Spears

Extended Play: Marathon Concert - Program 2

Miller Theatre at Columbia University, 2960 Broadway at 116th Street, NYC

Sunday, October 16 at 4:30pm

All-Day Pass $25 ($20 with SONiCPass); Each Concert $15 ($12 with SONiCPass)

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Gregory Spears writes instrumental and vocal music that blends together stylistic aspects of romanticism, minimalism, and early music. His music has been performed by the American Composers Orchestra, Center City Opera Theater, the New York Youth Symphony, members of the Los Angeles Opera Domingo-Thornton Young Artists Program, the NOW Ensemble, Present Music Ensemble, So Percussion, and the Eighth Blackbird Ensemble. His opera Paul’s Case, developed by American Opera Projects, was noted for its “solid dramatic timing, compassionate characterizations, and huge potential” (Philadelphia Inquirer - David Patrick Stearns’ Best in Classical Music for 2009). Spears also worked with musicologist Simon Morrison to realize the original score for Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet, which was premiered by the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Bard Festival. Current projects include an operadance collaboration with choreographer Christopher Williams and a new evening-length opera based on the novel Fellow Travelers with writer Greg Pierce and director Kevin Newbury.

Spears has won prizes from both BMI and ASCAP as well as grants and honors from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Composers Forum, and the Fulbright Foundation. Spears also teaches a Freshman Writing Seminar at Princeton called Music and Madness, which explores the popularized link between creativity and mental illness. He currently resides in Brooklyn.