Lawton creates composition for PSC’s 60th anniversary

June 24, 2009

Jazz lecturer Tom Lawton

Jazz lecturer Tom Lawton

Boyer faculty to create original composisition to commemorate PSC’s 60th anniversary

Philadelphia Senior Center (PSC) awarded a grant through the American Composers Forum Community Partners Program to jazz pianist Tom Lawton to create a new composition to celebrate PSC’s 60th anniversary.

To inspire his composition, Lawton, who is currenlty a jazz instructor in the Boyer College of Music and Dance, will interview Philadelphia seniors to learn about the music that has shaped their lives – not just jazz, but Gospel, Blues, R&B, Classical, and Soul. Through learning what music has been influential in seniors’ lives, Lawton will create a piece that reflects and incorporates these interests and tastes.

He will record and perform his final creation during two concerts in September and October 2009.

-Jazmyn Burton


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