“Kevin Day used to visit the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra as a child, mesmerized by the sights and sounds. Now, his music will echo through Dickies Arena during the orchestra’s July 4 ‘America Strong’ concert,” writes Haeven Gibbons in Tuesday’s (6/29) Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX; subscription required). “ ‘It’s really crazy that they’re going to be playing a piece of mine to open up this concert,’ said Day, 25, who grew up in Arlington and graduated from TCU in 2019. Miguel Harth-Bedoya, the orchestra’s [former] music director, chose Day’s piece, ‘Lightspeed,’ to open the concert because it is uplifting and charged with energy. ‘Lightspeed’ symbolizes what America is about, which is knowing how to move forward and come together despite our differences, Harth-Bedoya said…. Day said … the title is based on his love for the ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Doctor Who.’ … In the fall [Day] will start his Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition at the University of Miami Frost School of Music…. Elements of jazz, hip hop and gospel are laced into Day’s works…. The orchestra regards the concert as a celebration of being able to get through the pandemic and looking forward to the coming season.”