The Department of Music at Hobart and William Smith Colleges will present an In Memoriam Concert honoring the late Professor of Music Nicholas V. D’Angelo P’98, HON’59 at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22, in St. John’s Chapel.
D’Angelo, who died last April, was a prolific composer, and the program will consist exclusively of works composed by him. Several musicians associated with the society for New Music in Syracuse, N.Y., will perform, as will pianist James Douthit of Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y. In addition, HWS Professor of Music Robert Cowles will direct an ad hoc ensemble of singers in a performance of one of D’Angelo’s a cappella choral works.
A long-standing member of the HWS community, D’Angelo had been on the music department faculty since 1955. “Generations of Hobart and William Smith students benefited from D’Angelo’s lively presence and dedication to his craft,” said HWS President Mark D. Gearan. “With a career that spanned an extraordinary 56 years at the Colleges, he was an engaged colleague who brought great credit to HWS for his well-known compositions and guest conductor appearances across the country and throughout Europe.”
Born in Erie, Pa., D’Angelo was a veteran of the Korean War as a conductor of the Air Force Band. He studied under various composition teachers including Bernard Rogers, Luigi Dallapiccola, Paul Hindemith and Earl George. His compositions made him the recipient of numerous prizes, honors and grants including a 1985 Pulitzer Prize nomination in music, HWS’ Faculty Award for Distinguished Research and Scholarship for his “considerable distinction as a versatile American composer,” First Prize at the New American Music Festival, the National Endowment of the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities; most notably a commission from the Society for New Music.
His music is recorded on Roulette, KLP, Century and Spectrum and has been performed throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, France and Italy.