“What kind of extracurricular activities did you pursue as a 17-year-old?” asks Adrian Chamberlain in Saturday’s (3/19) Vancouver Sun (Canada). “Chances are, they weren’t on par with those of Jared Richardson. When not hiking or camping, the Victoria teen loves to compose music. And at age 17, he’s already achieving enviable success. On Monday, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will perform Richardson’s short orchestral piece, Riders of the West, at a free public performance at the Orpheum Theatre. The performance is part of an outreach series—the Jean Coulthard Readings—for emerging British Columbia composers. Richardson will be the youngest of seven composers to have his piece played by the 60-piece orchestra, said Scott Good, the Vancouver Symphony’s composer in residence. … And on Wednesday, the Victoria Symphony will play Richardson’s composition, Double Agent, at the University Centre Farquhar Auditorium. This is part of the Victoria Symphony’s New Exploration Workshops series—a similar program to Vancouver’s.”

Posted March 21, 2011