Toledo Symphony gives Bowling Green University student works first hearing

Posted on: November 9, 2012

In Wednesday’s (11/7) Sentinel-Tribune (Bowling Green, Ohio), David Dupont writes, “The Toledo Symphony Orchestra came to town Tuesday to bring the work of young composers to life. The university hosted the first-ever Student Composer Reading Session Tuesday. Four young composers, Mark Witmer, Corey Keating, Evan Williams and Zachary Seely, had a chance to hear sounds that had only previously resonated inside their heads. ‘I had a good idea of what it maybe would sound like,’ Keating said of his composition ‘Gardens of Stone,’ adding: ‘It’s always a revelation to hear musicians actually perform it and to hear how much you conceived actually translated into music.’ Witmer said he was surprised how well his piece worked. Kobacker Hall was turned into a workshop for the event. … Jeffrey Pollock, the Toledo orchestra’s resident conductor, said playing the student compositions was ‘a fantastic idea.’ … The discussion was all about the details and subtleties of writing for orchestra aimed at helping the composer ‘take what’s in their heads and out it in the hands of the musicians,’ the conductor said.”

Posted November 9, 2012