EarShot (the National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network) announces ten emerging composers chosen from a national candidate pool to participate in New Music Readings presented by Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Charlotte Symphony, and Jacksonville Symphony. The New Music Readings are the culmination of a series of private readings, feedback sessions, and work with mentor composers. EarShot is a partnership between American Composers Orchestra, League of American Orchestras, American Composers Forum, and New Music USA. The selected composers and compositions for Fort Wayne Philharmonic (February 7, 2018) are Nathan Kelly – Redwood, Sohwa Lee – Palindrome, and Robert Rankin –Nijinsky Dances; for Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (March 1, 2018) are Niloufar Iravani – Fantasy, Jihyun Kim – At Dawn, and Felipe Nieto – Artesania Sonora; and for Jacksonville Symphony (April 20, 2018) are Nicholas Bentz – E.W. Korngold Goes to Kikkatsu, Will Healy – Kolmanskop, Ursula Kwong-Brown – Night & Day, and Meng Wang – Blooming in the Long Dark Winter’s Night.
EarShot enables connections between orchestras and emerging composers. Drawing from a national network of advisors and advocates, EarShot works with orchestras around the country to identify and support promising composers in the early stages of their careers. Orchestras have relied on EarShot to advise them on commissions, competitions, and program design in addition to identifying composers consistent with the orchestra’s artistic vision. EarShot residencies include established composer mentorship, orchestra readings, and musician and conductor feedback sessions, and are customized to the orchestra’s aesthetic and/or demographic interests and community and education activities.
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