Joan Tower to be honored at Bard concert

Composer, conductor and performer Joan Tower (photo by Noah Sheldon)

The Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle (HVCMC) kicks off its June concert series with a special June 2 event honoring – and featuring – the great American composer of serious music Joan Tower on the occasion of her 80th birthday. The acclaimed Jaspar String Quartet will anchor the performance, augmented as required by Tower on piano, Carol Wincenc on flute and Blair McMillen on piano. The concert takes place at 8 p.m. in Bard’s Olin Hall.

The program features six chamber and solo works by Grammy-winning composer, conductor and performer Tower, most written in this century, including a preview of a new work. The other two pieces to be performed are world premieres by two of Towers’ composition students: Christopher Beroes-Haigis’ In Blue and Corey Chang’s Field of Shards.


The concert is a first of a month’s worth presented by HVCMC, which includes a performance of Johannes Brahms’ two extraordinary string sextets on June 9. Tickets for the June 2 concert cost $30 singly, $5 for students and $70 for all three June concerts. Olin Hall is located on the campus of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson. For tickets and additional information, call (845) 758-7900 or visit