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Amram,David(Werner III)

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Amram, David (Werner III), versatile American instrumentalist, conductor, and composer; b. Philadelphia, Nov. 17, 1930. He studied horn at the Oberlin (Ohio) Coll. Cons, of Music (1948) and pursued his education at the George Washington Univ. (B.A. in history, 1952). After playing horn in the National Sym. Orch. in Washington, D.C. (1951–52) and the 7 th Army Sym. Orch. in Europe, he completed his training with Mitropoulos, Giannini, and Schuller at the Manhattan School of Music (1955) and privately with Charles Mills. In addition to the horn, he learned to play the piano, guitar, various flutes and whistles, percussion, and many folk instruments. He first gained wide recognition as a composer with his scores for the theater, films, and television. In 1966-67 he served as the first composerin-residence of the N.Y. Phil. At 27, he publ. the autobiographical vol. Vibrations: The Adventures and Musical Times of David Amram (N.Y., 1968). In 1971 he became music director of the young people’s, family, and parks concerts of the Brooklyn Phil., where he introduced an innovative series of programs of a multicultural nature. He also became music director of the International Jewish Arts Festival Orch. in 1987 and director of the Aaron Copland Music of the Americas Festival in 1998. As an instrumentalist and conductor, Amram has taken his multicultural program to cities around the world. The award-winning documentary Amram Jam appeared in 1998.

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