For Atlanta’s Rapido! contest, composing music on a tight deadline

Posted on: January 14, 2016

In Wednesday’s (1/13) Atlanta Constitution-Journal, Jon Ross writes that the finals of the Atlanta Chamber Players’ Rapido! composition contest will take place Sunday at Atlanta’s High Museum. “The competition requires entrants to compose a new work of between four and six minutes set to a specific theme and instrumentation—all in two weeks.” The five competitors, Peter Van Zandt Lane, Kevin Eppich, Louis Cruz, Mark Buller and Kenneth Lim, “will hold a roundtable discussion at 2 p.m., followed by a performance of a solo piano composition by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano…. The Rapido! grand prize includes $7,500 to expand the work for a performance by all five participating ensembles; the chance to write a new work for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; and a two-week residency at the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences [in Rabun Gap, Georgia]. An audience favorite prize also will be awarded. This year, the Atlanta Chamber Players asked each composer to write a theme and variations based on an instrumentation of violin, clarinet and piano…. Composer Michael Gandolfi will join Spano and composer Libby Larsen on the judging panel.”

Posted January 14, 2016