As part of its new-music festival, “American Composers, Then and Now,” which runs February 23-26, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will offer readings of new works by four emerging composers as well as related workshops. The readings and events are presented in partnership with EarShot, the National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network. The February 23 readings, led by Buffalo’s associate conductor, Matthew Kraemer, will feature composers Stephen Gorbos, Elizabeth Lim, David Marenberg, and Daniel Schlosberg. During the readings, mentor composers Margaret Brouwer, Sebastian Currier, and Derek Bermel will offer feedback.  EarShot and BPO will also offer free workshops for composers, students, and those interested in composition on February 23; industry representatives from American Composers Forum, New Music USA, and Jesse Rosen, president of the League of American Orchestras, will serve as presenters. EarShot is a nationwide network of new-music readings and composer-development programs, and is coordinated by American Composers Orchestra in collaboration with American Composers Forum, the League of American Orchestras, and New Music USA. Orchestras that that have participated in EarShot’s New Music Readings include the Nashville Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Pioneer Valley Symphony, and Memphis Symphony, among others. For more information, visit or

Posted February 21, 2012