WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
Dr. Edward Knight, director of music composition and composer-in-residence at the Bass School of Music, has become the first Oklahoma artist selected for the California-based Djerassi Resident Artist Program.
Now in its 28th year, the Djerassi fellowship is awarded to 80 artists – eight of them composers -- from around the world each year. The winners are invited to a 580-acre ranch preserve in the Santa Cruz Mountains for an expenses-paid month of uninterrupted work and reflection. Knight will be in residence May 26-June 25, 2009.
Earlier this year, Knight was one of 60 “fresh and innovative” artists invited to create on the Ucross Foundation’s 20,000-acre Wyoming cattle ranch, near the Montana border. He was a 2007 winner of the Aaron Copland Award, and a past fellow at the Yaddo and Macdowell artist colonies.
Knight’s fanfare “To the Stars,” is featured on the commercial CD “Holidays of the New Era,” from ERMMedia. The work, which premiered at the opening of the Bass Music Center, was recorded by the Prague Radio Symphony. The release marks the fifth commercial CD featuring Knight’s work in the past four years, including recordings from Albany Records and Capstone Records.
In 2007, Knight premiered three works: “Beneath A Cinnamon Moon,” commissioned by Bright Music chamber ensemble for the Oklahoma Centennial and performed at the OK Mozart Festival; “Spectacular! Spectacular!,” written for OCU’s Blackwelder Brass, and the song cycle “Tales Not Told,” which set M.J. Alexander’s poems about American women pioneers, by Catherine McDaniel. In 2007, Knight’s music also was performed at venues ranging from the Kokomo Symphony to the International Clarinet Association in Vancouver.