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Knight Talks on Creativity; Song Cycle Wins San Francisco Prize
Dr. Edward Knight, composer-in-residence and director of music composition at Oklahoma City University, presented a multimedia talk on “Where Art Originates: Artists and the Creative Process” to the Stanford University community. The June 11 presentation at the Palo Alto Arts Center was sponsored by the California-based Djerassi artist colony. Knight is the first Oklahoman chosen as a resident at Djerassi’s preserve in the Santa Cruz Mountains. His residence fellowship runs from May 26-June 25, 2009. Knight’s song cycle “Tales Not Told” received its West Coast premiere on May 24 with the San Francisco Cabaret Opera, followed by a May 29 encore performance in Berkeley at the Chamber Arts Society. The six-song work, based on poems by M.J. Alexander celebrating little-known women from American history, was voted Best Song Cycle at the San Francisco Cabaret Opera’s May Fresh Voices Festival. Also during Knight’s Djerassi residency, musicians from OCU’s Bass School of Music performed the world premieres of two works they commissioned from him for 2009 international conferences. Michael Anderson, OCU’s professor trumpet, presented “Triduum” for trumpet and organ at the International Trumpet Guild Conference on May 27. On June 12, OCU graduate student Karol Kowal performed “Bringer of Fire,” for double bass and piano, at the International Society of Bassists, hosted by Penn State University. Earlier this year, the Pendulum Concert Series at the University of Colorado at Boulder premiered Knight’s “Inbox,” a four-movement work for flute, viola and piano. Other recent premieres include Knight’s trombone quartet, presented by the SlideHandlers at Oklahoma City University Jan. 13, and “Hit On All Sixes,” premiered Dec. 4 by the OCU Wind Philharmonic. In addition to his 2009 Djerassi fellowship, Knight is a 2008 Ucross Foundation fellow, a 2007 winner of the Aaron Copland Award, and a past fellow at the Yaddo and MacDowell artist colonies. Five commercial CDs feature Knight’s work, including recordings from ERMMedia and Capstone Records and a solo CD released by Albany Records. He has directed the composition program at Oklahoma City University's Bass School of Music since 1997.