|JACK GALLAGHER is the Olive
Williams Kettering Professor of Music at The College of Wooster in
Ohio. He holds a master’s and doctoral degrees in composition from
Cornell University, and a bachelor’s degree cum laude from Hofstra University.
He studied composition with Elie Siegmeister, Robert Palmer and Burrill Phillips,
participated in seminars with Karel Husa, Thea Musgrave and Ned Rorem, and in
masterclasses with Aaron Copland, George Crumb and
William Bolcom. His Naxos CD of orchestral music, recorded by the
London Symphony under the direction of JoAnn Falletta at
Abbey Road Studios, has been acclaimed by Gramophone magazine as “fresh and
exuberant,” noting “The LSO couldn’t sound finer; it’s as if the music
had been specifically written to showcase their approach to making
sound.” Awarded five stars by BBC
Music Magazine, the disc was heralded by National Public Radio,
which found his music “brilliantly orchestrated and impeccably
constructed.” The recording also was awarded five stars by Audiophile Audition, which called
his Symphony in One Movement:
Threnody “truly a work of genius” and added, “If you buy only
one disc of new music this year, I would certainly suggest this as the
place to begin.”
Gallagher’s works have been performed or recorded by the London Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra of Krakow, Kiev Philharmonic, Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra, Ruse Philharmonic Orchestra (Bulgaria), Utah Arts Festival Orchestra, U.S. Air Force Band of Flight, Cincinnati Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Indiana University Wind Ensemble, Grammy® award-winning pianist Angelin Chang, Trio Terzetto, and others. His compositions are included on fourteen published compact discs on the Naxos, Musical Heritage Society, Capstone, Vienna Modern Masters, Summit Records, Promuse, Altissimo, and ERM labels.
Gallagher’s music has been broadcast over WNIB (Chicago), WGBH (Boston), KUSC (Los Angeles), KDFC (San Francisco), WFMT (Chicago), WCLV (Cleveland), WQXR (New York), WQED (Pittsburgh), WKCP (Miami), KING (Seattle), KUHA (Houston), WETA (Washington, D.C.), KHPR (Honolulu), KWUR (St. Louis), WGUC (Cincinnati), WKCP (Miami), Minnesota Public Radio, KPAC (San Antonio), KBPS (Portland, OR), KVOD (Denver), Classical 24, Radio New Zealand, and many other stations. His Berceuse, recorded by the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra of Krakow conducted by Szymon Kawalla, has been broadcast 50 times over Radio Stephansdom Klassiksender, 107.3 FM, Vienna, Austria.
He has been the recipient of awards, grants, fellowships, or recognition from the Ohio Arts Council, the Charles Ives Center for American Music, Meet the Composer, the Yaddo Corporation, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Petit Jean International Art Song Festival, the Barlow International Composition Contest, the Virginia chapter of the College Band Directors National Association, and The College of Wooster Henry Luce III Award for Distinguished Scholarship. As a producer, his recording for TNC Records of Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques with pianist Angelin Chang, conductor John McLaughlin Williams and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony (TNC CD 1515) won a 2007 GRAMMY® Award in the classical category “Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra.”
At Wooster he teaches Composition, Twentieth-Century Music Theory, Orchestration, and Seminar in Music of Living Composers, a course he originated. For additional information, visit jackgallaghermusic.com.
-- Biography from the Classical Connect website (with slight editions)
-- Names which are links (both in this box and below) refer to my Interviews elsewhere on this website. BD
This conversation was recorded in Chicago on August 6, 1988. Portions were broadcast on WNIB the following year, and again in 1997. Portions were also broadcast on WNUR in 2006 and 2014, and on Contemporary Classical Internet Radio in 2006 and 2013. This transcription was made in 2015, and posted on this website at that time. My thanks to British soprano Una Barry for her help in preparing this website presentation.
To see a full list (with links) of interviews which have been transcribed and posted on this website, click here.
Award - winning broadcaster Bruce Duffie was with WNIB, Classical 97 in Chicago from 1975 until its final moment as a classical station in February of 2001. His interviews have also appeared in various magazines and journals since 1980, and he now continues his broadcast series on WNUR-FM, as well as on Contemporary Classical Internet Radio.You are invited to visit his website for more information about his work, including selected transcripts of other interviews, plus a full list of his guests. He would also like to call your attention to the photos and information about his grandfather, who was a pioneer in the automotive field more than a century ago. You may also send him E-Mail with comments, questions and suggestions.