rip: Lou Harrison
- News just in. Lou Harrison got a beautiful feature article in The Wire last
Writer/journalist specialized in demanding music
Writer for the All-Music Guide
Producer of Delire Actuel, CFLX.
Personal webpage / Page personnelle: http://membres.lycos.fr/fcouture
Visitez / Visit the All-Music Guide at http://www.allmusic.com
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Last night, while traveling from Chicago to Columbus, Lou Harrison passed
away. We had sent Adam Schweigert and Joe Panzner, two students in
Composition and Theory, to Chicago with a University van to greet Lou and
his traveling companion, Todd Burlingame, and drive them back to campus for
the Festival. Lou does not like to fly and took the train, the California
Zephyr, from near San Francisco to Chicago. The train arrived at about
5:15 PM. While en route to Indianapolis, their overnight destination,
Adam, Joe, Lou and Todd decided to stop at a Denny's restaurant in
Lafayette, Indiana, for some dinner. Lou stumbled and fell upon getting
out of the vehicle and apparently suffered a heart attack. He had great
difficulty breathing. Paramedics were called and they arrived within
minutes. Lou was transported to the hospital but was unable to be revived.
He passed away around 9 or 9:30 PM. We are awaiting the coroner's
report for final confirmation of the cause of death.
This is a great tragedy for the entire world of music. Lou was as excited
about the Festival as we were. Our sympathies go out to all in the world
of music and dance who treasured his great gift. I will always remember
the joy in his voice when we spoke over the telephone about the Festival.
He was an active participant in planning the concerts. He had also
prepared a special seminar for OSU students in composition. He was very
much looking forward to the CSO performances of his Third Symphony in a
final revision that he had just completed. He told me how honored he felt
to have so many of his compositions performed on the Festival. Let
everyone know that the Festival will go on as planned as a tribute to this
legendary American musician.
Lou Harrison will be cremated today; his remains shipped back to
California. He was eighty-five years old.
Donald Harris, Professor of Composition & Theory
School of Music, The Ohio State University
301 Weigel Hall
1866 College Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1170
telephone: (614) 688-4728; fax: (614) 292-1102
home phone: (614) 459-8656; home fax (614) 459-8757
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