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Foundation for Modern Music Honors Baley and Adickes

Composer and artist to be honored at FMM Premiéres concert.


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FMM's 2014 Premiers Concert Celebrates composer Virko Baley & artist David Adickes
David Adickes’ “Virtuoso”

Sunday, March 23, at the Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall, Houston’s Foundation for Modern Music will present Virko Baley and David Adickes with its “Cultural Ambassador” awards in recognition of their artistic contributions and distinguished careers.

Composer Virko Baley.

Born in Ukraine, Virko Baley has, for many years, taught music at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He was founder and music director of the Nevada Symphony, and is known internationally as a composer, conductor and pianist.

Several of Baley’s works will be performed on Sunday’s concert, including Orpheus Singing for oboe and string orchestra; excerpts from Emily Dickinson Songbooks; and the première of a new piece, Nocturnal No. 7 for piano. The program will also feature music by Stephen Bachicha, a student of Baley’s.

Artist David Adickes.

David Adickes has enjoyed a career spanning 50 years. He studied for several years in Paris with French master Fernand Leger, and in 1983 received his first commission for a monumental sculpture in downtown Houston, “Virtuoso” at the Lyric Center. In 1994 he completed the 76-foot figure of Sam Houston in Huntsville, Texas.

At the FMM concert Sunday, Adickes will unveil 25 new paintings of famous composers, the first installment of a series that will eventually number 40.

Virko Baley and David Adickes talk with Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn about their life and work, and we hear some of Baley’s music. 

The Foundation for Modern Music’s Premieres Concert celebrating Virko Baley and David Adickes is Sunday, March 23, 4PM, at the Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall. There’s full information on the FMM website.