Composer Greg Smith
Tuesday, September 10, 7 p.m.
The broadcasts from the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music conclude with three works by emerging composers and the annual family day concert featuring the music of Greg Smith with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra led by Karin Hendrickson.
2013 YOUNG COMPOSERS
David Biedenbender (b. 1984, Waukesha, WI) received the Bachelor of Music degree from Central Michigan University, and is completing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Michigan, after earning a Master of Music degree there; his mentors include Michael Daugherty and Bright Sheng. He has collaborated with such ensembles as Alarm Will Sound, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, VocalEssence, and the Boston New Music Initiative, and his music has been heard in many diverse venues, including Symphony Space, the Settlement Music School (Philadelphia, PA), the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and on WNYC’s Soundcheck with John Schaefer. Recent recognition for his work includes two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, the Suzanne and Lee Ettelson Composers Award, and a Composer Assistance Program Grant from the American Music Center.
Holly Harrison (b. 1988, Kurmond, NSW, Australia) is a candidate for the Doctorate of Creative Arts at the University of Western Sydney, where she also earned a Bachelor of Music with distinction and a University Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement. In 2012 she was chosen for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Program, and the Orchestra recently premiered her newest work. She was also selected as the Australian representative for the Asian Composers’ League Young Composers Competition in Taiwan. A portion of her musical output thus far is inspired by the work of Lewis Carroll, including A Mad Tea-Party for clarinet and electronic ensemble, A is for Alice for piano and Frumious and Red Queen, White Queen, Alice, and All for orchestra.
Daniel Schlosberg (b. 1987, Philadelphia, PA) is pursuing a Master of Music degree at Yale, where he earned a B.A. in music and studies with David Lang, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Christopher Theofanides. His first large work for orchestra, Five Stuck, was premiered by the Yale Symphony Orchestra and was subsequently performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic as part of the American Composers Orchestra’s EarShot series. He has also written works for the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Center City Opera (Philadelphia), the Norfolk Music Festival, Yale Cabaret, and the Yale Glee Club. He was a 2005 recipient of the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. An accomplished pianist, he recently served as rehearsal accompanist for the Kennedy Center’s acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies.
The Animated Orchestra (2012)
Gregory Smith (b. 1957)
My earliest experience with educational/family concerts was with Marin Alsop while performing my first work in the genre, Mr. Smith’s Composition, which she also commissioned and premiered. One of these concerts also included the performance of a Scott Bradley score for a Tom and Jerry cartoon with Marin conducting live to projected film; a death-defying feat. And now years later when asked to write a new educational concert work for the celebration of the Cabrillo Music Festival’s 50th anniversary, it seems fitting to return to the inspiration of this animation music/live concert experience.
So the new work, The Animated Orchestra, is a narrated work about a cartoon score being performed at symphony concert. The hero of the cartoon is a ferret. Ferrets are known for their insatiable curiosity and playfulness, and the hero of this cartoon is no exception. The setting is an instrument repair shop owned and operated by a sleepy older gentleman who lives above the shop. The ferret inadvertently sneaks in late one night. His tour of the shop’s instruments yields, let’s just say, interesting sounds. There’s more to the adventure as things progress beyond the shop and as for the ending…well, I can say with certainty that there is one.