Arizona’s Tucson Symphony Orchestra is set to perform compositions by members of the 2012-13 class of its Young Composers Project at public readings this month, with the first reading by the TSO String Quintet to take place on May 3 at the Tucson Symphony Center. On May 4 the full orchestra will perform during afternoon and evening sessions at Catalina Foothills High School. Prior to the May 3 reading session at the Tucson Symphony Center, there will also be a performance of Party Piece by Charles Zoll, a YCP alumnus who recently won the Rapido! 14-Day Composition Contest, which includes a commission to write a work for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 2013-14 season. Participants in the TSO’s Young Composers Project, launched in 1993, meet twice a month from September through May to learn about melodic construction, development of motives, instrumentation, harmony, voice leading, form, score reading, and ear training. The students compose short works for each class, which are played by visiting TSO ensembles, and the year ends with public reading sessions by the TSO and the TSO String Quintet.

Posted May 2, 2013