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Kevin Puts is Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and Young Concert Artist‘s Composer in Residence. Dr. Puts will use his Guggenheim Fellowship to complete several orchestral commissions. He is writing a new piece for the American Composers Orchestra that will receive its premiere at Carnegie Hall in April 2002; a piece for the Phoenix Symphony‘s Beethoven festival in January 2002; and a piece for the Cincinnati and Utah Symphonies, written to fulfill the conditions of the Barlow Prize. “With three orchestra pieces, it’s hard to think of teaching,” explained Puts, who normally teaches twelve private students plus a class each semester. “I’ve been looking for a way to take some time off to compose.”
Dr. Puts will have two works premiered during the 2001 summer season. On June 19, 2001 the Boston Pops will premiere his Millennium Canons, which was commissioned by the Institute for American Music; and on July 4, 2001 the Pacific Symphony will premiere John Brown’s Body for narrator and orchestra. The man who commissioned the piece, Randy Johnson, will also read the famous text.
Kevin Puts was also recently announced as one of this year’s winners of the Rome Prize winners; please check the news in June for more information.