Composer Lawrence Dillon lost 50 percent of his hearing due to a childhood illness. Despite the impairment, Dillon was accepted to the Juilliard School and became the youngest conductor ever to receive a doctorate from the school's prestigious program. Today, he is the composer in residence at the University of North Carolina School of Arts and has composed pieces for symphonies and orchestras around the country. The world premiere of the Schumann Trilogy, the work co-commissioned by Boise Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Symphony, happens right here in Boise.
If that's not enough to evoke those warm and fuzzy feelings, get into the spirit of the evening with dinner with Peter Ashenden of the Boise chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness pre-concert. Ashenden is the director of consumer and family affairs with OptumHealth in addition to heading up USPRA. But what makes him stand out is that he has been hospitalized in psychiatric facilities several times and can speak first hand about being a consumer of mental-health services.
Join in this celebration of the human spirit this weekend.