For the past six years I have directed a festival of 20/21st century music at the University of Arizona. Any festival worthy of the name has a vision or reason for being.
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Marc Blitzstein's musical DNA -- strict adherence to economy of means, a passion for combining words and music, the belief that music can promote social justice, an abhorrence of pretension -- are woven inextricably into the music I compose.
By an eerie coincidence, the two works of art that I experienced before the tragic shootings in Arizona were Gustav Mahler and the movie Rabbit Hole.
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