My dad, Kerry Lewis, is an accomplished composer who has written a piece for a concert that will be given this Sunday, March 7th, 2005. When he was in graduate school at San Jose State, he studied with Lou Harrison, one of the great composers of the 20th Century. Lou died in 2003, and my dad has composed an elegy that is to be debuted by the San Jose Chamber Orchestra on Sunday. The concert will also feature two works by Lou, and is presented in collaboration with the New Music Works Ensemble. The music is sure to be good, and the orchestra plays in a beautiful theater in downtown San Jose, Le Petit Trianon.
On this memorial page to Lou Harrison, my dad contributed the following anecdote:
When I was studying with Lou he explained to me how one went about "preparing" a piano (a la John Cage). In all innocence, I asked, "What do you do if you are preparing a grand piano and a nut or bolt falls through the strings to the soundboard?" Without missing a beat, Lou replied, "You leave town as quickly as possible."