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U of M School of Music celebrates legendary Minnesota composer Dominick Argento with 12th Collage Concert

Performance on Oct. 20 at Ted Mann Concert Hall

September 20, 2012

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The University of Minnesota School of Music presents its 12th Collage Concert, an annual ensemble concert with more than 300 students and faculty performing on Saturday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 4th St. S., Minneapolis.

This year’s School of Music Collage Concert will honor Dominick Argento, America’s pre-eminent composer of lyric opera and U of M Regents professor emeritus. Argento taught at the U's School of Music for nearly 40 years.

The Collage Concert will feature a selection of Argento’s music from throughout his distinguished career, including selections from his vast song repertoire, several early chamber works and the popular Valentino Dances in a rarely-performed version for orchestra and chorus.

Collage Concert Co-Artistic Director and School of Music director of choral activities Kathy Saltzman Romey said, “We are tremendously excited to showcase the life and work of Dominick Argento in celebration of his 85th birthday. His significant contributions, especially in regards to vocal repertoire, have impacted generations of performers, composers and educators who have been inspired by the power and drama of his music.”

Luminaries from the Twin Cities music community, including former School of Music director Vern Sutton, School of Music alumni and composers Libby Larsen and Stephen Paulus, and Dale Warland will pay tribute to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Argento throughout the evening.

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Seats are available on a first-come, first-seated basis.

For more information Argento, please see his biography.

The School of Music presents more than 400 free concerts and recitals per year. For a complete schedule of events, visit or call the School of Music events hotline at 612-626-8742.

About the U of M School of Music
Established in 1902, the University of Minnesota School of Music offers a dynamic, comprehensive program to more than 550 music students in undergraduate and graduate programs, led by a world-class faculty of more than 50 artists, scholars and teachers. 

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