Wellesley Symphony to premiere Dover composer’s work

Posted on: November 6, 2009

In Thursday’s (11/5) Wellesley Townsman (Massachusetts), Bev Wax writes, “Many people in the Dover and Sherborn communities probably have already heard the story of Greg Rice. A Dover resident, Rice has lived with Parkinson’s disease since 1993. Once a top executive with a 30-year career in labor relations and human resources management, he has since become a composer of music, despite Parkinson’s symptoms of bodily tremors and impaired balance and speech. Some people with Parkinson’s experience depression, but Rice has learned through years of living with the disease to relax as much as possible and take things as they come. And he has learned to share his new gift—composing music—with others. The Wellesley Symphony Orchestra will play his most recent composition, ‘American Sketchbook, Part I, Sounds of Early America,’ this weekend. According to the WSO, ‘the piece is a tone poem, depicting the sounds that the early Europeans and Native Americans heard as our country was being explored and settled in the 17th and 18th centuries.’ … Rice has written more than 30 works since his diagnosis, including another symphony and a ballet.”

Posted November 6, 2009