Lewis’s Discovery Ensemble gives Boston a jolt of energy

Posted on: November 12, 2010

In Friday’s (11/12) Boston Globe, David Weininger writes, “When he was growing up in Belfast, Courtney Lewis thought he wanted to be a composer. He was an accomplished clarinetist in high school, and after graduation he went to Cambridge University with the intention of studying with its highly distinguished composition faculty. Once there, though, he discovered that ‘when you’re a composer you spend all your time by yourself,’ he said earlier this week over lunch. ‘You spend all your time with your own music. And I realized that I would much rather spend my time with other people and great music.’ … In 2008, he cofounded the Discovery Ensemble, a 40-person chamber orchestra whose vibrant performance style, unusual programming, and commitment to educational outreach have given Boston’s orchestral scene a jolt of energy. (It performs tonight at Sanders Theatre.) And having been hired last year by the Minnesota Orchestra, Lewis is now in the first of three seasons as that group’s associate conductor—not only covering for scheduled conductors but doing an extensive program of young people’s concerts.”

Posted November 12, 2010