For Immediate Release: February 2, 2006
Contact: Marsha Mullan
Stott Concert to Feature 'Intelligent Design'
by Competition Winner Daniel Koontz
The 2005-2006 Gil and Mary Roelofs Stott Concert will be presented at Swarthmore College on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m. in Lang Concert Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.
The annual concert will showcase the world premiere of "Intelligent Design" commissioned by the Stott Program of competition winner, Dr. Daniel Koontz of Southampton, N.Y. The piece will be performed by New York-based ensemble.
The Momenta Quartet, which features the 2005-2006 Stott Alumna Artist, Joanne Lin, Swarthmore Class of 1998, on cello. Also on the program will be Joseph Haydn's Op. 76, No. 5, in D major; Gyorgy Kurtag's "Officium breve in memoriam"; Andreae Szervanszky's Op. 28; and Witold Lutoslawski's String Quartet (1965).
The Stott Program supports emerging composers who are in the early stages of their careers. One promising young composer is selected and paired with a professional ensemble.
The composer is commissioned to write a new work for the ensemble, which then gives the world premiere as a prominent part of a concert at Swarthmore College. Daniel Koontz was nominated for the competition by the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he earned an M.A. in composition in 1996 and a Ph.D. in 2000.
Among his many honors, Koontz has won several awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and was twice a regional winner in the Society of Composers/ASCAP Student Composer Competition. In 2001, he served a residency at the MacDowell Colony and won a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He teaches music at Southampton College.
The Gil and Mary Roelofs Stott Concert Fund was established in 1997 on the 25th anniversary of the Lang Music Building. The Fund was created as an expression of deep affection for the late Gil and Mary Roelofs Stott by Eugene M. Lang, Class of 1938, to recognize their special artistic talents and all that they have meant to the Swarthmore community. Each year, a new musical composition will be commissioned by the College to be performed at an annual Gil and Mary Stott Concert at which the Gil and Mary Roelofs Stott Resident Student Artist will perform. More information about The Momenta Quartet can be found at http://www.momentaquartet.com/index.html