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Two Professors Add to Their ASCAP Collections

November 3, 2010

Professor William M. Hoffman

Professor Dinu Ghezzo

Both Professor William M. Hoffman (Journalism, Communications, and Theatre) and Professor Dinu Ghezzo (Music) have recently won prestigious awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). Professor Hoffman won for his work as a librettist and lyricist, while Professor Ghezzo won in the concert music division.

This is the seventh ASCAP award that Professor Hoffman has earned since 2003. "I feel great about it," said Professor Hoffman. "I love ASCAP. It's a terrific organization. They do so much to promote their artists."

Similarly, Prof. Ghezzo, who is also a Professor Emeritus of Music Composition at New York University, has a collection of ASCAP awards at home. "ASCAP is an extraordinary organization," he says. "I feel very honored. What they do is very important, particularly for composers of concert music. We need this kind of recognition."

Professor Hoffman's works include libretti to The Ghosts of Versailles, which was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera and composed by Lehman's Distinguished Professor of Music, John Corigliano; Morning Star, composed by Ricky Ian Gordon, commissioned by the Lyric Opera of Chicago; and The Cows of Apollo, composed by Christopher Theofanidis, commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Professor Hoffman's Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning play As Is, one of the first dramas to deal with the AIDS crisis, is currently enjoying a revival at Manhattan's Studio Theatre, in Theatre Row, by the Apple Core Theatre Company. He is also artistic director of Lehman's Theatre Program, which is offerieng a full season of productions for the community. Next month, the program will launch a festival of short plays and scenes called Balancing Act(s).

Besides working as a lecturer, Prof. Ghezzo maintains a busy schedule as a composer, conductor, and performer. His music has been performed in the United States—including New York's Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall—as well as throughout Europe, Canada, and Israel. In his native Romania, he is an associate conductor of the Constanta Symphony Orchestra and Oradea Philharmonic, as well as director of the International Music Days and The Week of American-Romanian Music Festivals.