About This Program

Celebrated composer John Harbison is the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation's prestigious "genius" award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities. He is considered to be "original, varied, and absorbing — relatively easy for audiences to grasp and yet formal and complex enough to hold our interest through repeated hearings — his style boasts both lucidity and logic" (Fanfare). Harbison is also a gifted commentator on the art and craft of composition.

Featured Composer

John Harbison


Composer Conversation Series events are FREE but reservations are required (tickets available Monday, August 19).

Please join us for all of this year's Composer Conversations, intended for music lovers of all stripes and featuring some of today’s most original, prominent and prestigious voices in composition. The 2013-14 season will feature live interviews with distinctive creators John Luther Adams, Vivian Fung, John Harbison, Timo Andres and Gabriel Kahane, Shawn Jaeger and Dawn Upshaw, Sufjan Stevens and more. Events will take place at Amsterdam Bar & Hall in downtown Saint Paul and feature time devoted for audience Q&A and informal post-show receptions. Events are presented in partnership with MPR and American Composers Forum.

Come early and stay late! Amsterdam Bar & Hall will be serving food and drinks before, during and after this event.


SPCO concerts are made possible by audience contributions.


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