Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute makes picks for 2009

Posted on: July 24, 2009

Seven emerging composers have been chosen as participants in the Minnesota Orchestra’s ninth annual Composer Institute, which will take place from November 17 to 22 in Minneapolis. Selected composers, announced by Aaron Jay Kernis, the Institute’s director, are Fernando Buide (Santiago, Spain), Geoff Knorr (Baltimore, Maryland), Angel Lam (New Haven, Connecticut), Carl Schimmel (Grinnell, Iowa), Spencer Topel (Hanover, New Hampshire), and Roger Zare (Sarasota, Florida). In addition to Kernis, members of the panel that selected the composers included composers Derek Bermel, Donald Crockett, and Steven Stucky, as well as Minnesota Orchestra violist Kenneth Freed. The seven composers will participate in six days of rehearsals, seminars, and tutoring sessions, and a public concert of their works on November 21, led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä. Featured works at the concert will include Antiphonies (Buide), Shadows of the Infinite (Knorr), In Search of Seasons (Lam), Dessin No. 1 (Salfelder), Woolgather’s Chapbook (Schimmel), Incendio (Topel), and Aerodynamics (Zare).

Posted July 24, 2009

Photo of Aaron Jay Kernis courtesy Minnesota Orchestra