Chapter Six – Pig and Pepper:
A Fish-Footman has an invitation for the Duchess of the house, which he delivers to a Frog-Footman. Alice observes this transaction and, after a perplexing conversation with the frog, lets herself into the house. The Duchess's Cook is throwing dishes and making a soup that has too much pepper, which causes Alice, the Duchess, and her baby (but not the cook or grinning Cheshire Cat) to sneeze violently. Alice is given the baby by the Duchess and to her surprise, the baby turns into a pig. The Cheshire Cat appears in a tree, directing her to the March Hare's house. He disappears but his grin remains behind to float on its own in the air prompting Alice to remark that she has often seen a cat without a grin but never a grin without a cat.
Composer Jules Pegram (b. 1991) writes music modern in its sensibility and sophisticated in its craft, yet full of shimmering colors, boundless energy, and an unbridled lyricism that make it refreshingly accessible. His kaleidoscopic sound-world is influenced by everything from contemporary American concert music and the rigors of modernism to film and television scores, show tunes, urban environments, popular culture, and the natural world.
In 2015, Pegram’s orchestral work SHADOWS OF THE STUDIO was selected for the 2015 Underwood New Music Readings, hosted by the American Composers Orchestra on May 6-8, 2015. In 2013, Pegram’s orchestral work NEON NIGHTS was selected as the winning composition in both the Marilyn K. Glick and Symphony in C Young Composers Competitions, resulting in performances by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and New Jersey’s Symphony in C, respectively.
Pegram has received the Presser Foundation’s Undergraduate Scholar Award, the USC Discovery Scholars prize, and the Sadye J. Moss Endowed Music Composition Prize, and was named a winner in violinist Vanessa Porter’s Green Dot Journey and Indiana State University’s Music Now competitions. He has been recognized as an Outstanding Graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music’s Department of Composition and received an “Emerging Composer” designation in the Tribeca New Music Young Composer Competition. Other awards include recognition as as a Finalist in both the 2012 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Competition and the 3rd International Frank Ticheli Composition Contest.
Pegram received the Master of Music in Composition from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Michael Daugherty and Bright Sheng. He is now pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Michigan.