Itoh’s Music Alive residency at Tucson Symphony includes world premiere, work with young composers

Posted on: November 5, 2015

“Composer Takuma Itoh never intended that his League of American Orchestras residency with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra this week include a world premiere,” writes Cathalena Burch in Wednesday’s (11/4) Arizona Daily Star. “But this weekend … the TSO will perform the orchestral version of Itoh’s Ripple Effect. Keitaro Harada, newly appointed Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra associate conductor, will be at the podium.” Itoh is in residence with the Tucson Symphony through Music Alive: New Partnerships, a program of New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras focusing on short residencies between composers and orchestras that have not previously worked together. The chamber version of Ripple Effect was performed in 2013. “As part of his TSO residency, Itoh spent time last weekend with the TSO’s Young Composer Program, ‘which is an extraordinary program; I have never seen anything like it.’ On Tuesday, he led classes with Tucson orchestra students at two high schools.” Also on the Tucson Symphony’s program with Itoh’s Ripple Effect are Richard Strauss’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Suite and the overtures to Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus and Zigeunerbaron. On Wednesday, Harada and Itoh were interviewed on Arizona Public Radio station KUAT-FM by Andy Bade; listen here.

Posted November 5, 2015