Joan Tower
Joan Tower

Composers in Focus IV: Joan Tower

Monday, May 10, 2021, 6:30 PM at - FREE EVENT

To attend this free online event please register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

About Composers in Focus: CMS welcomes Zosha Di Castri, Jessie Montgomery, Tania León and Joan Tower and offers audiences a rare opportunity to sit in on intimate conversations between composers and musicians who know each other’s work, and in some cases have known each other for decades. The webinar-style presentations will include live, real-time conversations with composers as well as pre-recorded performances of their music.

Composer, performer, conductor and educator Joan Tower talks with violist Paul Neubauer and bassoonist Peter Kolkay about motivation, influences and inspiration over the course of her career, spanning more than 50 years. She also discusses in some detail three of her works: Simply Purple for Viola (2008), Purple Rush for Viola, and Red Maple and for Bassoon, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello (2013). Excerpts of the solo viola pieces are performed by Paul Neubauer; the ensemble for Red Maple is Peter Kolkay, bassoon, and the Calidore String Quartet (Jeffrey Myers, Ryan Meehan, violin; Jeremy Berry, viola; Estelle Choi, cello).


  • Joan Tower Simply Purple for Viola (2008)
  • Joan Tower Purple Rush for Viola
  • Joan Tower Red Maple for Bassoon, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello (2013)