osvaldo.jpgA consortium of American and Canadian orchestras will commission composer Osvaldo Golijov to write a new orchestral work honoring Henry Fogel, president of the League of American Orchestras from 2003 to 2008. The Memphis Symphony Orchestra will premiere the work, expected to be 15 to 20 minutes in length, in the fall of 2010. Executive leadership from the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Duluth Symphony, Glens Falls Symphony, Paducah Symphony, Reno Chamber Orchestra, and Vermont Symphony—the steering committee for the project—are inviting additional orchestras of any budget size to perform the work throughout the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 concert seasons. “I can’t think of a better way to honor Henry’s commitment and contribution to the vitality of American orchestras than with this commission,” said Jesse Rosen, president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras.  “I congratulate the consortium on commissioning Osvaldo Golijov, one of the most original voices of our time.” Golijov is the recipient of numerous honors, including a MacArthur Genius Award, the Vilcek Prize, two Grammy nominations for his opera Ainadamar, recorded by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and Musical America’s Composer of the Year Award. For more information on how to join the consortium of orchestras performing the work, visit earshotnetwork.org/fogel.html or contact Ryan Fleur at ryan.fleur@memphissymphony.org.

Photo of Osvaldo Golijov by Tanit Sakakini