[ in memoriam ]

In memoriam: Lawrence Leighton Smith, past music director of Yale Philharmonia

Smith in front of Woolsey Hall in 2004

Smith in front of Woolsey Hall in 2004

Today, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic announced with sadness the death of Lawrence Leighton Smith, their beloved music director emeritus. Smith died at home on Friday, October 25, 2013 in the company of his family. He was 77.

Born April 8, 1936, Smith was one of the most respected American conductors of the 20th and 21st centuries. His brilliant conducting career began in 1973 when he became a first prize winner of the Dmitri Mitropoulos Competition. Smith went on to appear with nearly every major orchestra in the United States and to tour internationally.


Published October 25, 2013
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[ in the press ]

Killeen Daily Herald: Cliburn finalist to perform at Temple CAC

chen-cliburnThe Killeen Daily Herald
By Steve Pettit

In 1978, the great Texas pianist Van Cliburn traveled to Temple for a noteworthy occasion. The Cultural Activities Center, at considerable cost, purchased the sine qua non of every serious classical music venue: a 9-foot Steinway “D” grand piano, and Cliburn, always gracious to a fault, agreed to personally dedicate the instrument.

It’s particularly fitting, then, that the same piano will be played by American-born Sean Chen, 24, Saturday at the CAC. Chen was a finalist in the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition — the first American to win the Silver Medal since 1997.

Presented jointly with the Temple Symphony Orchestra, the recital is part of the Central Texas Orchestral Society’s series at CAC.


Published October 25, 2013
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[ alumni ]

Original score soundtrack to “Carrie,” by Marco Beltrami ’91MM, released this week

marcobeltrami-2013Earlier this week, Sony Classical announced the international digital release of the original score from the motion picture Carrie on October 21, 2013. The soundtrack is composed by Marco Beltrami ’91MM, who is renowned for scoring horror films and has received two Academy Award nominations. The film was released nationwide on Friday, October 18.

New York-born Beltrami studied at the Yale School of Music and in Italy, before studying film composition under Jerry Goldsmith. His career began with the soundtrack of the thriller Death Match in 1994, and he gained recognition for his work on horror films such as Mimic (1997), The Woman in Black (2012), and all four films in the Scream series (1995–2011). He has also composed two soundtracks for the Die Hard franchise: Live Free or Die Hard and A Good Day to Die Hard. MORE

Published October 25, 2013
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