Atlanta Symphony set to perform new work by local teen

Posted on: February 8, 2013

Thursday (2/7) on the news site, Tom Haynes reports, “In the theatre world they’re called triple threats: performers who can sing, dance and act. But add to that the ability to play an instrument and compose music and you’ve got talent out of the ball park. One local 14-year-old student does all that and has written a composition that’s taken him on an amazing journey. Commodore Primous is only a freshman but is a stand-out among his peers at Pebblebrook High School’s performing arts magnet program. Commodore doesn’t live anywhere near the Mableton school, but says that being in his element is well worth the commute. … A piece that Commodore wrote in the eighth grade, ‘The Triumph of Day,’ caught the attention a friend, who urged him to enter it in to a contest sponsored by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.  The winner would have their composition performed in a live concert by the symphony itself. Commodore’s piece was named the winner. … Michael Kurth, an Atlanta Symphony musician who judged the contest and helped fine tune the piece, had high praise for Commodore. ‘It had layers, it had rhythm parts and it had harmony parts and it had accompaniment parts,’ Kurth said. ‘It takes a talented youngster to write something that’s both beautiful and sophisticated.’  ” The Atlanta Symphony will perform the work on April 4 and 5.

Posted February 8, 2013