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February 23, 2019, Reading Session


CUSO Congratulates Composers Selected for the Reading Session!

The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the selection of three new works for the February 23rd Music Alive Composers Institute Reading Session! The winners are:

Stephen CaldwellSummer Soiree: Prelude II
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, doctoral student

Hunter ChangMemories of Tragedy and Hope
Northwestern University, undergraduate student

Brian HinkleyOf Love and Distance
Illinois State University, master’s student

These composers will have their works rehearsed and performed by the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra in a Reading Session on Saturday, February 23, 2019, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. This event is free and the public is invited to attend to see the dynamic process used to bring new orchestral music to life. Maestro Stephen Alltop will conduct the orchestra through each of the three composers’ pieces, and Dr. Stacy Garrop will introduce the composer to the audience prior to the orchestra’s rehearsing of each work. Both Maestro Alltop and Dr. Garrop will provide feedback to the composer during the session. There will be a brief question-and-answer session with each composer and the audience after the reading of the composer’s piece.

Event details:
CUSO Music Alive Composers Institute Reading Session
Saturday, February 23, 2019
1:00–3:30 p.m.
I Hotel & Conference Center
Illinois Ballroom
1900 S. First Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Free admission. Complimentary beverages and food will be served.

For more information, please contact Gerri Kirchner at music@cusymphony.org


The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra Music Alive Composers Institute is a program associated with the residency of composer Stacy Garrop, and is made possible by New Music USA. Major funding is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Amphion Foundation, The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund, the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.