Renowned composer and Grand Forks native to host three public events on UND campus


Brain Johnson

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Renowned composer and Grand Forks native Matthew Peterson is visiting the University of North Dakota campus this week and will host a series of public events as a guest of the UND Music Department.

Peterson will give a talk titled "What Is a Composer?" on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the East Asia Room on the fourth floor of the UND Chester Fritz Library. The talk is will also function as a preview of the chamber recital, featuring musicians performing some of Peterson's works. The event is intended for non-musicians.

The second public event is Thursday, Sept. 18, at 8 p.m. UND students and faculty will perform a recital of Peterson's chamber music. The concert will be held in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall of the UND Hughes Fine Arts Center.

On Friday, Sept. 19, at 3 p.m. in the UND Hughes Fine Arts Center, the results of the "Iron Composer" competition will be performed and judged by a three-person panel. The UND String Quartet will perform all of the contest entries, which are pieces that were written during the week of Peterson's residency. The winner of this composition competition -- open to all Grand Forks area composers -- will have their piece programmed on a future UND String Quartet concert.

All events are free and open to the public.

Matthew Peterson:

Before he was an award-winning young composer living in Stockholm, Sweden, Matthew Peterson was born and raised in Grand Forks, growing up on and near the UND campus. A composer exploring frontiers of sound and expression, Peterson has received awards and accolades including the 2014 ASCAP Nissim Award for best orchestral score, a Fulbright Grant to Sweden, and grand prize in the 2014 Uppsala composer competition.

His music has been performed around the world, by ensembles such as the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra, Vanemuine Symphony (Estonia), Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, vocal ensemble Chanticleer, the Fort Worth Opera, Vocal Essence, and the Minnesota Orchestra. Locally, his commissioned choral and orchestral composition "The River" was premiered at Central High School in the fall of 2013, and the UND Wind Ensemble performed "A Winged Heart" in the spring of 2014.