Naples Philharmonic workshops new jazz scores

Posted on: May 19, 2016

“Artis—Naples has partnered with the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute to give local audiences a glimpse at how composers, conductors and musicians collaborate to create new works that test the limits of jazz and classical music,” writes Lindsey Nesmith in Thursday’s (5/19) Naples Florida Weekly. “The institute worked with 34 composers last summer during an intensive where they studied new scores, compositional techniques, best practices in orchestration, notation, score preparation and contemporary performance. Of the 16 participants who put those skills to work in new compositions, four will workshop their pieces with the Naples Philharmonic and Assistant Conductor Yaniv Segal on Wednesday and Thursday, May 25-26.” The four composers are Robin Holcomb, Yvette Jackson, Sonia Jacobsen, and Nathan Parker Smith. The Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute is a program of the American Composers Orchestra. “ ‘We were intrigued for a variety of reasons,’ David Filner, vice president of artistic operations at Artis—Naples, says about the chance to work with the institute. ‘We have a commitment to jazz music and it’s something we feature in our Masterworks programming.’ ” These composer readings are taking place through EarShot, the National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network. EarShot is administered by American Composers Orchestra with partner organizations the American Composers Forum, League of American Orchestras, and New Music USA.

Posted May 19, 2016

In photo: members of the brass section of the Naples Philharmonic