Diane Thome: A Composer's Pioneering Life

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Diane Thome: A Composer's Pioneering Life
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Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum says
Diane Thome's newly published memoir is a heartfelt account of creative discovery and artistic life, much of it spent in Seattle. Her new book, "Palaces of Memory: American Composer Diane Thome on her Life and Music" (Friesen Press), includes striking accounts of the chauvinistic and sometimes shockingly conservative musical culture that pervaded academia when Thome was breaking these barriers and finding her distinctive voice as a composer.

Among the topics for conversation is the role of the UW School of Music in accepting her challenges to musical conservatism. Plus: the state of contemporary music today, in Seattle and beyond. The program will also include an excerpt of a Thome composition. Signed copies of Thome’s memoir will be available for purchase.

$10 at the door; $5 for Folio Members and Students

About Diane Thome: A pioneer in the music world, Thome is the first woman to graduate from Princeton with a PhD in Music, and the first woman to compose computer-synthesized music. She has resided in Seattle since 1977, and is professor emerita and former chair of the composition program at the UW School of Music.

About Richard Karpen: The current director of the UW School of Music, Karpen is a prominent composer and researcher with a specialty in digital arts.
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By: Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum

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