John Harbison at the 2012 Aspen Music Festival
Interview and Performance
MIT's Pulitzer prize-winning composer John Harbison talks about his jazz roots, his opera "Great Gatsby" — and performs delicious jazz selections on piano.
Performance Today©'s Fred Child interviews John Harbison, MIT Institute Professor of Music, at the 2012 Aspen Music Festival.
"As a young man, composer John Harbison was passionate about both jazz and classical music. At the time, he felt he had to choose between the two, and picked classical. Times have changed, and nowadays he's comfortable combining the two in his music. Hear Fred Child's onstage interview with John Harbison at the 2012 Aspen Festival, along with Harbison's performance of his own music."