Green’s Composition to Premiere at Carnegie Hall
Provost and Dean of Faculty,
December 13, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— During the holiday season, Jonathan Green, Illinois Wesleyan’s
provost and dean of faculty, will have one of his compositions receive its world premiere
at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.
The event will take place on December 20 at 8 p.m. in Weill Recital Hall as part of
the Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) Artist Series.
Opening the program, in her recital, mezzo-soprano Hope Fairchild Thacker will perform,
A Devil’s Abecedarium: 26 of Ambrose Bierce’s Cynic’s Definitions set to music by Green. The compilation of entries was written by Ambrose Bierce
(1842 to c. 1913) for the San Francisco News Letter and originally published under the title The Cynic’s Word Book in 1906 and revised as The Devil’s Dictionary. It is a collection of revised definitions to words with comedic political and social
references. The term “abecedarium” refers to the form in which the piece is written—one
entry for each letter of the alphabet.
"I was delighted to receive the commission from Hope and her excellent ensemble to
compose a piece. The venue for the concert was certainly an added enticement. It was
a fun combination to write for: voice, percussion, trombone, and piano is not a standard
ensemble, but has lots of potential. These texts also presented many opportunities.
They are sarcastic and often funny, but a number of them contain provocative and important
Green, who joined Illinois Wesleyan in 2011, also serves as a professor in the School
of Music and directs on the University Choir. The conductor and composer has received
awards from The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the
North Carolina Arts Council and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts for his
compositions. He is the author of seven music-reference books and his compositions
include songs, choral works, three piano concertos and seven symphonies.
Previously, Green served as Dean of the College and Vice President for Academic Affairs
at Sweet Briar College in Virginia, where he received the Award for Excellence in
Teaching in 1999. He has earned degrees from SUNY Fredonia, the University of Massachusetts
and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he was a University Excellence
Fellow. Green, who is a member of ASCAP, the Conductors Guild and Phi Mu Alpha serves
on the boards of the Illinois Symphony and Illinois Shakespeare Festival.
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Contact: Sherry Wallace, (309) 556-3181