October 23, 2018
James Primosch, composer, speaks at College of the Ozarks
POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — James Primosch, composer, spoke to students in the Jones Auditorium at College of the Ozarks on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018.
Primosch’s instrumental, vocal, and electronic works have been performed throughout the United States and in Europe by ensembles such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the New York Music Ensemble, and the Twentieth Century Consort. Commissioned works by Primosch have been premiered by the Chicago Symphony, the Albany Symphony, the Cantata Singer, Speculum Musicae, and pianist Lambert Orkis.
“The way Primosch takes a poem and uses the rhythm and words to inspire music is incredible,” said Natasha Ferkel, junior graphic design major.
Primosch studied at Cleveland State University, University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University. He counts Mario Davidovsky, George Crumb, and Richard Wernick among his principal teachers.
Since 1988, Primosch has served on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, where he directs the Presser Electronic Music Studio. He is also active as a jazz pianist and a liturgical musician.
About College of the Ozarks
College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.
The Keeter Center — the College’s award winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2018. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest workstation on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at www.facebook.com/collegeoftheozarks or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.
10.23.18 – Juliet Thompson