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John Fitz Rogers awarded commission

John Fitz Rogers’ string quartet "Book of Concord" received its world premiere to enthusiastic acclaim on July 27 during the Artist-Faculty Concert Series at the Bennington Chamber Music Conference at Bennington College, Vermont. The work, commissioned by the Bennington Chamber Music Conference through the Jacob Glick Memorial Fund, was the fourth large-scale chamber music work commissioned by the conference since 2004.

Rogers is in the company of Donald Crockett, Gabriela Lena Frank and Paul Moravec whose works have also been commissioned by the conference. The Glick Commission is awarded by vote of a faculty committee from the list of all composers who have held residencies at the conference in the past decade. Rogers was selected by the committee from a list of approximately 20 distinguished composers.

Violinists Calvin Wiersma and Megumi Stohs Lewis, violist Amadi Azikiwe and cellist Nathaniel Parke performed the premiere. As is the conference's practice with Glick commissions, the work will be performed again later in the summer with a different faculty group led by first violinist and recent Eastman faculty appointee, Renee Jolles.

The Bennington Chamber Music Conference (founded 1946 by composer Otto Luening) is currently in its 68th season and runs July 21–August 18 involving 45 faculty and nearly 300 participants.