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 two of her works: Purple Rush for Viola (2016), and Red Maple and for Bassoon, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello (2013). Purple Rush is performed by Paul Neubauer; an excerpt of Red Maple is performed by Peter Kolkay, bassoon, and the Calidore String Quartet.


  • Joan Tower Purple Rush for Viola (2016)
  • Joan Tower Excerpt from Red Maple for Bassoon, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello (2013)