“Cincinnati-based composer Brian Raphael Nabors won the Rapido! National Composition Contest on Sunday, created and hosted by the Atlanta Chamber Players and the Antinori Foundation,” writes Mark Gresham in Monday’s (1/21) EarRelevant (Atlanta). “Nabors was one of five composers to make it to the national finals … in Atlanta. The three judges for the competition were Atlanta Symphony Orchestra music director Robert Spano, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon and composer Michael Gandolfi…. Rapido! is so named because … composers who enter must write a four to six minute work in the span of only 14 days.…  Nabors receives a $5,000 first prize commission to expand his competition entry, ‘3 Dances,’ to a 15-minute work that will be premiered by Atlanta Chamber Players and three other ensembles.… [He also received] two weeks of residency at the Hambidge Center for the Arts … and the opportunity to write a new work that will be premiered by Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Nabors is currently the 2018-19 Composer-in-Residence with the [Boston-based] Castle of Our Skins organization, and from March 2 through 9 will also serve as the EarShot composer-in-residence for the Detroit Symphony and its Classical Roots Festival.” EarShot is a partnership between the American Composers Orchestra, League of American Orchestras, American Composers Forum, and New Music USA.

Posted January 23, 2019