U of M Professor snags prestigious classical music honor

One of the oldest music societies in the world, the Royal Philharmonic Society, has bestowed its Large-Scale Composition on University of Minnesota composition professor James Dillon.

Dillon’s piece “Nine Rivers” got its premiere in Glasgow last November by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and is a whopping four hours long (I’m thinking the musicians deserve some awards, too!).

This isn’t Dillon’s first accolade, by far. In fact it’s his fourth RPS award, making him the most celebrated winner in RPS Music Awards history.

Just for reference, the Royal Philharmonic Society is the same society that commissioned Beethoven’s 9th.

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