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The School of Music at Florida International University proudly presents a lecture series, Crossing Boundaries, comprised of distinguished scholars discussing their experience and relationship with music! Each scholar presents a paradigm of creative & research thinking that provoke solutions to inquiries in creative, innovative ways. Free and open to the public.


“Music and Film”

Guest Speaker: Jan Jirásek, Renowned Czech Composer 

Born in Rychnov nad Kneznou, Czech Republic, Jan Jirasek graduated at the Janáček Academy of Musical Art in Brno (JAMU), studying composition with Zdenek Zouhar as well as electro-acoustic, computer music and theory. After the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, Jirasek’s music was widely performed: Bread and Circuses (Munich bienale, 1992), a postmodern recomposition of J.S.Bach’s St.Luke Passion (Munich bienale, 1996, Minneapolis 2000), Dance with the Universe (Portland Chamber Orchestra, 2012), Missa propria (Prague Spring Festival 1994 and 2014, Carnegie Hall, Avignon Festival, Francie e.g.), Fragile Balance/Letter to Heaven ( Atlanta 2012), and King Lavra (New York, 2013).

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