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David Amram, David Need & Joseph Donahue 

When: Thu., April 4, 7 p.m. 2013
Price: $16-20

Allan Kozinn of The New York Times recently noted a revival in composers who also perform, a standard practice before it waned in the specialized 20th century. American original David Amram has been tending the tradition even through the lean years. A composer, conductor and free-spirited performer on French horn, piano and a variety of world-music recorders and whistles, he looks back from his ninth prolific decade on an unusually diverse career. Before going classical, Amram was a jazz musician who got mixed up with the Beats, performing with Kerouac and scoring the documentary Pull My Daisy. He also innovated the French horn's placement in jazz. By the '60s, he had been picked by Leonard Bernstein as the New York Philharmonic's first composer-in-residence, and he went on to write more than 100 orchestral and chamber music pieces in addition to Broadway and Hollywood scores, from a symphony for Woody Guthrie to The Manchurian Candidate. Amram's intimate ArtsCenter show also features readings by two fine lyric poets at Duke, David Need and Joseph Donahue. —Brian Howe

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