Lowell Liebermann is in Chicago as the featured guest composer with The Chicago Chamber Musicians' Composer Perspectives concert on Wednesday evening, December 7 in Ganz Hall. Composer Perspectives concerts feature a pre-concert talk, performance with the composer presenting the program and post-concert reception with the composer and artists.
Here are Chicago Classical Music's five questions for Lowell, and his responses:
CCM: What do you listen to on your iPod?
LL: I'm not even sure where it is right now! The only thing on it is actually my own complete works: I only use it when travelling to do a residency at whichever university so that I don't have to lug a suitcase of cds. Otherwise, since I spend my working days either composing or practicing for performances, I tend not to listen to a lot of music in my down time. And when I do, I prefer it live.
CCM: What is the most adventurous thing you've ever done - musically or otherwise?
LL: Move from Manhattan to New Jersey.
CCM: Have you ever had to learn a piece of music you initially disliked and then come to love it once you had mastered it?
LL: Yes, the Gershwin Preludes.
CCM: If I weren't a composer, I would be...
LL: a chef....I seem to enjoy feeding people whether through the ears or the mouth.....
CCM: My favorite moment of any day is....
LL: when I realize I have nothing left to do. Actually that happens about two days a year.