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Call and Response: A Festival of New Music Honoring T.J. Anderson's 80th Birthday

Friday, October 3, 2008 – Saturday, October 5, 2008
Granoff Music Center, Tufts University, Medford, MA

One of the leading composers of his generation, Thomas Jefferson (T.J.) Anderson, Tufts Austin Fletcher Professor of Music, emeritus, will be celebrated by Tufts University October 3-5, 2008, with a festival of new music in honor of his 80th birthday. Over the course of three days i n the Granoff Music Center at Tufts, audiences will be delighted through performances of works written by T.J. Anderson, works inspired by T.J. Anderson written by other composers, and works to celebrate T.J. Anderson's 80 years. On top of that, Tufts Music will host a Symposium on African American Composers featuring some of the finest living composers and musicians of the past 50 years. We invite you to join us for one, two, or all of the festival's events. All of the events are free and do not require tickets, but if you would like us to reserve you a seat, call 617.627.3679 or email tara.espiritu@tufts.edu to let us know you are coming. In the meantime, check out this schedule over the next few weeks as we continue to update it with information about the festival, performers, composers, and other fun details! We look forward to seeing you in October.

Click here for the official press release for the festival.

Click here for the Program of Events for the festival (all events Friday - Sunday).


TJ ANDERSON's Honorary Doctorate Citation at Tufts University's 2007 Commencement Ceremonies

T. J. Anderson, beloved professor of music at Tufts, department chair and mentor to countless students and colleagues, we are delighted to honor you at this homecoming. In this year when Tufts celebrated the opening of a magnificent new music building, an occasion for which you composed a vibrant fanfare, we reaffirm the central role of the arts in liberal education, and we salute your signature achievements in the field of music. You are a master of composition, a renowned artist whose works are acclaimed for their compelling voice, complexity and brilliance. A dedicated and generous teacher, you have stimulated a passion for music in generations of students. 'Making the music' brings you – and your listeners – joy. Your ability to engage audiences across generations and musical genres reflects a personality both imaginative and inclusive. Deeply respectful of music's place in history, you founded the National Black Music Caucus to help safeguard our nation's heritage of African American music and bring its message to people worldwide. Your contributions to music, education and society have been recognized with numerous awards, and closer to home, with guest appearances as conductor at Tufts Night at the Pops. Today, the Tufts community proudly welcomes you home, and honors your extraordinary accomplishments with the degree of Doctor of Music, honoris causa.

Friday, October 3, 2008 - Sunday, October 5, 2008
Call And Response: A Festival of New Music Honoring
T.J. Anderson's 80th Birthday - Festival Schedule

Friday, October 3, 2008, 8 pm
In Memoriam Jennifer Anne Fitzgerald
A recital of new works composed in memory of Jennifer Fitzgerald '97 by many composers, including the premiere of T.J. Anderson's 'In Memoriam Jennifer Anne Fitzgerald.' and yet unperformed works of Fitzgerald's. The North Carolina based "pulsoptional" will perform along with many guest artists.

Other composers for the program include: Hendrik Gideonse, Marc Faris, Sidney Boquiren, Michael McLaughlin, Todd Hershberger, and more. Free and open to the public. No tickets required. Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center.

Saturday, October 4, 2008, 1 pm
Children's Concert - Tufts Wind Ensemble
The Tufts Wind Ensemble's annual Children's Concert features music written for and by kids, including a work of T. J. Anderson. The concert is a great event for the entire family, but suited best for children in grades K-5. Free and open to the public. No tickets required. Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center.

Saturday, October 4, 2008, 3 - 6 PM
A Symposium on Contemporary African American Composers
Leading composers and musicians come together for a Symposium on 'Contemporary African American Composers.' Panelists include Olly Wilson (Professor of Music Composition, emeritus, UC Berkeley), Donal Fox (Composer/Pianist), Horace Maxile (Associate Director of Research, CBMR), T. J. Anderson (Professor of Music, emeritus, Tufts), Joel LaRue Smith (Director of Jazz Activities, Tufts), Trevor Weston (Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition, College of Charleston), Louise Toppin (Director, Videmus), and others to be announced. Horace Maxile will serve as moderator. Free and open to the public. No tickets required. Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center.

Saturday, October 4, 2008, 6 PM - 7:30 PM
Reception in Honor of T. J. Anderson
Tufts President Lawrence S. Bacow hosts a reception in honor of T.J. Anderson prior to the evening concert. Please contact Tara Espiritu at tara.espiritu@tufts.edu if you plan on attending the reception. Murnane Lobby, Granoff Music Center.

Saturday, October 4, 2008, 8 PM
T.J. Anderson Tribute Concert
Saturday night features new works composed in honor of T.J. Anderson by: Trevor Weston, John McDonald, Joel LaRue Smith, Olly Wilson, Donal Fox, Erik Lindgren, Jean Foo, Tom Swafford, Jason Coleman, Abigail Cross, and others. Performers to be announced. Free and open to the public. No tickets are required, reservations are not required, but we would like to know if you are coming. You can call us at 617.627.3679 or email tara.espiritu@tufts.edu to let us know. Free, open to the public. Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center.

Sunday, October 5, 2008, 1:30 PM
Rededication of Planar Mountain
Join us as Tufts rededicates the Richard Hunt Sculpture "Planar Mountain" in honor of T.J. Anderson. The sculpture was previously outside of Carmichael Hall and has been moved closer to Tufts Music's new "home" on the lower end of campus. Join us outside the Aidekman Arts Center's Sculpture Court for the ceremony. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, October 5, 2008, 3 PM
Works of T.J. Anderson
Works written by T. J. Anderson will be performed by a myriad of Tufts music faculty and students, as well as other special guests. Program information to be posted soon. Free and open to the public. Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center.