Composition Colloquium: Scott Wheeler

Colloquium | April 26 | 3 p.m. | 250 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Scott Wheeler is an award-winning composer, conductor, pianist and teacher with a multifaceted career. Although his chamber and orchestral music shows a wide range, it is his prominent profile as a composer of vocal and operatic music that defines his career and artistic personality. Wheeler’s most recent full-length opera is Naga, on a libretto of Cerise Jacobs, co-commissioned by White Snake Projects and Boston Lyric Opera. His latest operatic project is the 10-minute comedy Midsummer, based on a short play by Don Nigro, commissioned and premiered by Boston Opera Collaborative in October 2018. Other 2018-19 premieres include Dream Songs for Philosonia, Whispered Sarabande for violinist Mark Peskanov at Bargemusic, and “She Left for Good But Came Back” for the Bowers-Fader Duo, all premiering in New York.

Scott’s 2017 violin sonata The Singing Turk is part of the current recital repertoire of Gil Shaham and Akira Eguchi, whose performances between 2017 and 2019 take the work to Japan, California, Washington, Boston, St. Louis and elsewhere.

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