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Thea Musgrave (b. 1928) is an extremely prolific and versatile composer, with a repertory that encompasses opera, ballet, vocal chamber, instrumental, and orchestral works. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, she has lived in the US since 1972. Currently she is distinguished professor Queens College, City University of New York.

Musgrave is perhaps best known in the US for her eight operas, most of which have been produced in America. Mary, Queen of Scots, A Christmas Carol and Harriet, the Woman Called Moses have all been heard in the US in several productions. Her most recent opera, Simón Bolívar, was premiered by the Virginia Opera in January 1995.

Her strong operatic propensity has led to the development of what Musgrave calls "dramatic abstract" form, which brings something of the drama of the theater into the concert hall, even in works with no program. This dramatic quality has made her music accessible to general audiences, and it has been widely performed in both the US and Europe.

Musgrave is also known as a conductor of her own music and has worked with many prestigious organizations: Philadelphia Orchestra, NY City Opera, San Francisco Spring Opera, Scottish Opera, BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Scottish Ballet.

[from program for May 17, 2004 concert]