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Visiting Debussy Expert to Lecture at UW-Eau Claire March 3

RELEASED: Feb. 17, 2009

David Grayson
David Grayson

EAU CLAIRE — David Grayson, professor of musicology at the University of Minnesota, will present his lecture "Debussy's Ideal Pelléas" at 3 p.m. March 3 in Room 159 of the Haas Fine Arts Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

An authority on the French composer Claude Debussy, Grayson is on the editorial board of the journal Cahiers Debussy and has written and lectured widely on the composer and his music.

Author of "The Genesis of Debussy's 'Pelléas and Melisand,'" Grayson is editing that opera for a new critical edition of Debussy's collected works and has served as consultant for several professional productions of it. He has also contributed to "Debussy Studies," "The Cambridge Companion to Debussy," "Debussy and His World," and two forthcoming collections: "'Pelléas et Mélisande' 1902-2002: un Centenaire" and "Stage Music and Cultural Transfer: Paris, 1830-1914."

His writings on Mozart include "Mozart's Piano Concertos Nos. 20 and 21" in the Cambridge University Press Music Handbook Series. He also has written notes to accompany many recordings on the Sony, RCA/BMG, Deutsche Grammophon, ECM records and Chandos labels, and he has advised several Sony video projects, notably "Marsalis on Music" and "Dvorák in Prague," featuring Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony with Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and Frederica Von Stade.

Grayson earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Harvard University and studied privately under influential composer, conductor and teacher Nadia Boulanger.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. Gary Don at dongw@uwec.edu.

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