Dina Koston papers
- 1953 - 2009
- Koston, Dina (Person)
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3.98 Cubic Feet (5 oversize legal boxes, 1 full-size legal box, 1 medium flat box, 1 large flat box)
Biographical / Historical
With Leon Fleisher, her former mentor and teacher, Koston co-founded and co-directed the Theater Chamber Players (active 1968-2003). The group was the first resident chamber ensemble of the Smithsonian Institution, and then the first resident chamber ensemble of the Kennedy Center. During those years, she concentrated on studying new music and being a pianist.
Koston received commissions for her compositions from The Library of Congress, The Wolf Trap Foundation, The Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center, and The Cygnus Ensemble. The Cygnus Ensemble, as part of its 20th-anniversary celebration, presented an entire program of Koston's music in Zankel Hall, New York City, in December 2005. She wrote a work for 22 solo winds and brass for Robert Levy and the Lawrence University Wind Ensemble. Solo works have been performed on tour by soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson, cellist Susan Salm, and guitarist William Anderson.
In addition to giving many solo recitals, chamber music concerts, and university-level master classes throughout her career, Koston participated in several Marlboro Festivals and wrote music for theatrical productions at Café La Mama and the Arena Stage. She taught at the Peabody Conservatory and at Tanglewood.
Koston's last work, Distant Intervals, written for the Cygnus Ensemble, is a musical response to Samuel Beckett's Ohio Impromptu. It was first performed at Koston's memorial service at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Maryland, on August 31, 2009.
(Adapted from http://www.rogershapirofund.org/founders/dina-koston/, last accessed 2017 November 22.)