Following a memorable, belated birthday concert in Pasadena, LA on February 23, Thea Musgrave was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Music Composition from the American Composers Forum LA (ACF-LA).
Held in Pasadena’s Boston Court, The Eclipse String Quartet, Mark Robson, Nicholas Daniel and a host of friends gathered to perform tribute to the Scottish-American composer in the closing months of her 90th year. Featured on the programme were Niobe, Threnody, Pierrot, Cantilena alongside many other chamber duos. Fellow composer and long-time friend Jack Van Zandt held a pre-concert interview with the composer for the audience.
Upon receiving the award, Musgrave said:
Thank you dear friends and colleagues ; and thank you Jack for putting this all together, for bringing together the incredible performers for this concert – what would we do without the performers?! So thank you, thank you – what can I say? I’m speechless!
Peter Mark, Thea’s husband, remarked afterwards:
Thea and I were absolutely thrilled with each and every performance last night. I think it was the most incredible concert and honour for Thea EVER – the warm feeling in the room, the expertise and dedication of every one of you.
Musgrave, Scottish born and raised, first became acquainted with the music scene on the west coast of the US in 1970 when she took up a post as Guest Professor of Composition at the University of Santa Barbara, California. She and Peter moved to the US in 1972. Since retiring from her post as Distinguished Professor at Queens College, City University of New York in 2002, she and Peter have spent their time between New York and Playa del Rey, CA, Musgrave continuing to compose on both sides of the US.