Composer Henry Brant, famous for pioneering spatial music, died last weekend. Wesleyan has commissioned several compositions from him, including a really cool one in 1982 written for all the world music ensembles here at Wesleyan that I can’t remember the name of. He received an honorary doctorate from Wesleyan in 1998 for his 85th birthday.
Edit: it’s called “Meteor Farm” for the Wesleyan orchestra, gamelan (this part was composed by Professor Sumarsam), jazz band, West African chorus, West African drummers, two other choruses, some South Indian musicians (if I remember correctly, this includes professor David Nelson), and a lot of percussion. It can be streamed here.