David Amram's 80th Birthday Celebration

Composer, author and musician, Amram has collaborated with legends

Thursday, November 11, 2010

David Amram has composed more than 100 orchestral and chamber music works, written numerous scores for Broadway and film, authored three books, and played dozens of instruments from over 25 countries, including the jazz French horn, an unusual instrument/genre pairing in which he has long been considered a pioneer. The artists Amram has collaborated with are some of the greatest names in the music and entertainment: Langston Hughes, Dizzy Gillespie, Dustin Hoffman, Willie Nelson, Thelonious Monk, Arthur Miller, Charles Mingus, Tito Puente, Charlie Parker, Jack Kerouac, and Leonard Bernstein, who chose him as The New York Philharmonic's first composer-in-residence in 1966.

This month, Amram turns eighty, and if you’re lucky enough to be in New York tonight, you might be able to attend his birthday celebration at Symphony Space. But just in case you can’t, we have him here with us today in studio.

Guests:

David Amram

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

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