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• 2006 •

Jon delivers Dances Ebb, Dances Flow, for piano, violin, ‘cello and clarinet, commissioned by Ebb and Flow Arts , Robert Pollock, director, with funding from the Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund. World premiere performances to be scheduled for Fall 2007.

Jon hosts composer Somei Satoh and the Flux Quartet at Institute for Advanced Study concert series.

The American Music Center’s Aaron Copland Fund for Recording awards recording grant to the Institute for Advanced Study to record Jon's Psalm for commercial release.  Read the news here.

Oxford University Press Music Division publishes Psalm and The Winged.  

• 2005 •

Jon signs with the Oxford University Press music division to publish Psalm and The Winged.   Publication is anticipated in Fall 2005.

December 2, 2005
Jon presents Institute talk with John Corigliano and Michael Boriskin - "Past Present and Future: John Corigliano speaks with Michael Boriskin and Jon Magnussen

George Perle - "The Right Notes: George Perle speaks with Michael Boriskin and Jon Magnussen" November 21, 2003

Christian Wolff - "Experiments in Music around 1950 and some consequences and causes (social-political and musical)" October 4, 2003

• 2004 •

Pianist Blair McMillen performs Toccare! at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ.

December 3, 2004
Jon presents talks by Andrew Imbrie and Milton Babbitt – "Perspectives: Andrew Imbrie and Milton Babbitt"  

October 15, 2004
Jon presents talk with Philip Glass and Bruce Brubaker – "Hearing and Seeing: Philip Glass speaks with Bruce Brubaker and Jon Magnussen


World Premiere of Dorian for American Ballet Theater

On Thursday evening, October 30, 2003, the American Ballet Theater will present the World Premiere performance of Composer Jon Magnussen's orchestration of works by Chausson, Schumann and Chopin, for choreographer Robert Hill's narrative work Dorian, based on the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

The premiere performances are scheduled to run through November 8, 2003.  Dorian will be presented as part of an evening of Contemporary Works performed by the ABT at New York's City Center.  Additional performances will be given on October 31st, November 2nd, November 6th and a final performance on November 8th.
For more information about the program and for ticket information, please visit the "Contemporary Works" listing under the "Fall 2003 at City Center" schedule at


Magnussen's Scenes Set for San Jose Premiere

Composer Jon Magnussen's Scenes will be premiered by the Symphony San Jose Silicon Valley on April 26, 2003 at San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.  The program, entitled "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue," will be conducted by Maestro Paul Polivnick, and also includes Vivaldi's Concerto in D Major performed by Christopher Parkening; Rossini's Overture from William Tell; Ravel's Pavane pour une infante défunte; and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3 "Scottish" Symphony.

Magnussen's new work, Scenes, came about with a commission from this newest symphony orchestra for its inaugural season.  Constructed in three continuous movements, or "scenes," the work was inspired in part by William S. Merwin's poetic narrative, The Folding Cliffs, and was written at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, where Magnussen is currently Artist-in-Residence. When initially contacted by the symphony to compose the work, one of the hopes of the organization was that the new work would showcase some of the orchestra's principal players.  Magnussen has thus created a score in which the following instruments make solo appearances: the piccolo, bassoon, tuba, vibraphone, marimba, and the violin.

For more information about the program and ticket information, please visit


Magnussen's For Patsy Set for NYC Premiere

New York, NY. - December 10, 2002  Composer Jon Magnussen's work for solo piano, For Patsy, will be premiered during the culminating performance of the Rock Hotel PianoFest, entitled a "Pianobowl of Premieres."  Thirty composers and twenty pianists will participate in this concert, each composer contributing a work of about three minutes in length.  The concert, complete with a video projection of the hands of the pianists, takes place at the Society for Ethical Culture in New York, Friday, December 13th at 8 p.m.  For more information about the program and ticket information, please visit


Magnussen's Psalm Performed by the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

New York, NY. - October 10, 2002  Composer Jon Magnussen makes his Carnegie Hall debut next month with his most recent ballet score, Psalm. Excerpts of the 30-minute work, scored for large chorus, baritone solo, and chamber ensemble, will be performed by the American Composers Orchestra, the New York Virtuoso Singers and baritone John Hancock, conducted by ACO Music Director Steven Sloane on Sunday, November 3, 2002 at 3 PM in Carnegie Hall, New York City.

Magnussen composed Psalm during the winter of 2001-2002 at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, where he is Artist-in-Residence.  He conducted the work's world premiere performance at the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic Arts Festival, performed by members of the Weber State University Concert Choir, chamber ensemble and baritone soloist André Solomon-Glover with the Limón Dance Company.  The Salt Lake Tribune called the music "hauntingly beautiful."

(18 July 2008)

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