Junior Composers focus on scoring music for film


By Katryn - Posted on 01 August 2010

New Works By Composers Age 14-20 To Be Premiered In Minneapolis Festival

Minneapolis (July 15, 2010) – In July, young composers from across the country will converge in Minneapolis for an intensive learning experience presented by Junior Composers on the campus of the University of Minnesota. In a residential camp setting, these accomplished musicians age 14-20 will participate in composition tutorials and music theory instruction with a distinguished faculty of established composers including Randall Davidson, Seth Custer, Linda Tutas Haugen, and Jocelyn Hagen Takach along with guests Richard Marriott, Stephen Paulus, Cary John Franklin, and Sean McMahon.

Junior Composers is a sponsored summer music camp of the North Central Region of the National Federation of Music Clubs. Music theory and composition are put into practice in student-led rehearsals and performances and in multiple interactions with professional artists. Many events are free and open to the public in the Junior Composers Festival (full schedule follows below).

“We have an incredibly diverse group of composers this year, including an Israeli-Ghanaian boy from Washington, D.C. and a singer-songwriter from Warroad, Minnesota,” says Junior Composer General Director Randall Davidson. “About two-thirds are from the Upper Midwest, with others coming from further afield. We’ll have students who write for string orchestra and others who play in punk bands. All are here to hone their craft in creating original music.”

During the two-week Junior Composers festival, students will compose and premiere music to accompany silent film on July 12, 19 and 20 with a live professional theater orchestra led by conductor Cary John Franklin. Each student will have the opportunity to work closely with New York-based film composer Richard Marriott during a three-day residency from July 15-17.

The Junior Composers Festival culminates with an all-day Festival Salon on Saturday, July 24, in which young composers hear their own works performed for the first time. The young composers hear their premieres and turn around and play others’ music in concert.

These events are funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts & Culture Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 8, 2008.

For more information about the Junior Composers Festival, contact Randall Davidson
(612-741-8671, davidson@boysartmusic.com) or Katryn Conlin (612-229-5659, katconlin@gmail.com) or visit www.juniorcomposers.org.

 

PUBLIC SCHEDULE

All events are free and open to the public and take place in Ferguson Hall (2106 Fourth Street South, Minneapolis MN 55455) on the campus of the University of Minnesota, except as indicated.

LIVE MUSIC SILENT FILM
Readings take place in the Ferguson Hall Band Room

Monday July 19, 2010 at 7 pm
Tuesday July 20, 2010 at 3 pm

Imagination, creativity and powerful imagery intermingle as accomplished young composers interpret silent film in original compositions performed by a live professional theater orchestra led by composer-conductor Cary John Franklin.

 

FESTIVAL SALONS

Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 9 am and 1 pm
Ultan Recital Hall in Ferguson Hall
University of Minnesota Campus, Minneapolis

Capstone event of the Junior Composers intensive learning experience
As both composers and performers, students offer one world premiere after another in a program full of variety and surprises, new insights and glimpses of the future. Hear both programs or attend just one – the effect is electric.

Salons, Readings & Workshops
Free and open to the pubic

  • Friday, July 16, 4 pm: Finding Inspiration in Film Salon with film composer-in-residence Richard Marriott, Ferguson 225
  • Saturday, July 17, 9 am: Scoring Improvisation Salon with film composer-in-residence Richard Marriott, Ferguson Hall Band Room
  • Monday, July 19, 4 pm: The Creative Process in Music Salon with composer Stephen Paulus, Ferguson 225
  • Thursday, July 22, 4 pm: Scoring Spiderman 3 Salon with film composer Sean McMahon, Ferguson 225
  • Friday, July 23, 4 pm: New Music Reading with pianist Matthew McCright, Ferguson 225

These events are funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts & Culture Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 8, 2008.

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