California’s Berkeley Symphony has named four emerging composers-in-residence for its 2009-10 Under Construction series of new-music readings: Bruce Christian Bennett, Patrício da Silva, Don Myers, and Andy Tan. Each composer will create short works to be read and performed by the orchestra at performances at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Berkeley, led by Music Director Joana Carneiro. The selection committee included Carneiro, as well as Ken Ueno (assistant professor of music at UC Berkeley), Laurie San Martin (associate professor of music at UC Davis), and Ming Luke (Berkeley Symphony’s education director and conductor). The Under Construction new music series began in 1993; each composer must be a resident of the greater San Francisco Bay Area who has not had a symphonic work performed by a local professional orchestra, other than a reading. As part of this season’s residencies, there will be special activities with John Adams, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Steven Stucky, who are among the composers whose works will be featured during the orchestra’s 2009-10 season.

Posted August 7, 2009