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Jack Gallagher interview with WQED: Pittsburgh

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Interview with WQED's Ethan Simmons

Jack Gallagher, composer of widely broadcast works recorded on two discs for Naxos by Grammy®-winning conductor JoAnn Falletta and the London Symphony Orchestra and a recent Centaur recording of music for solo piano, has been named "An American Master" in the May/June 2017 issue of Fanfare magazine. Fanfare critic David DeBoor Canfield singled out Gallagher's Symphony No. 2 "Ascendant" as "one of the 10 greatest such works ever written by an American composer" and as "one of the 10 greatest written by any composer in the last 50 years." According to Canfield, "Gallagher succeeds brilliantly . . . His writing rockets skyward . . . [and is] permeated with almost unbelievable dramatic intensity."

The recipient of a 2016 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, Gallagher, who turns 70 on June 27th, has composed numerous orchestral works including Berceuse, Diversions Overture, Quiet Reflections, and Sinfonietta, broadcast over more than 120 classical radio stations throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, Vienna, and New Zealand, as well as on in-flight broadcasts on Continental, AirTran, Jet Blue and Frontier Airlines.

His first Naxos recording, Orchestral Music, containing the frequently broadcast Berceuse, was awarded five stars by BBC Music Magazine. Astronomer and Slate contributor Philip Plait found the Berceuse "A work of such staggering beauty that it makes me want to be a better person."

Symphony No. 2 "Ascendant," Gallagher's second Naxos disc, was awarded five stars by Audiophile Audition's Steven Ritter, who described it as "Some of the most beautiful music I have ever heard." Zachary Lewis, in The Cleveland Plain Dealer, found the symphony "A work of staggering, unending brilliance, abundant in both creativity and technical finesse."

Most recently released is Gallagher's Piano Music, recorded on the Centaur label by Juilliard graduate Frank Huang, described by Alex Baran in The Whole Note as "confident, bold and celebratory" and by Fanfare's Colin Clarke as "A terrific disc that holds many, many delights." 

Gallagher, the Kettering Professor of Music at The College of Wooster, currently is working on Symphony No. 3. He speaks with radio to discuss his distingushed career.

89.3: WQED Pittsburgh Classical Music host - Ethan Simmons spoke with JG about his remarkable career. Listen to the attached segment