LYO  to Premiere Dreamtime Ancestors in KY

With Christopher Theofanidis, March 2016 composer-in-residence

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This will be the third time the Louisville Youth Orchestra has been a part of a major commissioning project.  Ford's Made in America and now New Music for America selects one orchestra in each state to premiere a major commissioned work over an 18-month period.  The Louisville Youth Orchestra has been selected as Kentucky's presenting orchestra EACH AND EVERY TIME!  And now, we have another honor to add to the list!  Louisville's very own youth orchestra has been chosen to be one of only two orchestras in the United States (the other one is a professional ensemble!) to hold a composer-in-residence, four-day event in March of 2016!  The work being written by Mr. Christopher Theofanidis is called Dreamtime Ancestors.  It is based on the Australian aboriginal creation myths connected to "dreamtime", where each of us is connected to each other through our "dreamtime ancestors" in the past, present and future.  Each movement will have an aboriginal poem read prior to the presentation.

The LYO envisions many collaborative efforts with this residency.  Planned activities include radio interviews, masterclasses, readings of musical works by university composers, utilization of youth readers for the poems and youth aboriginal art showcased at the final performance.  We need some financial help with our budget and hope you will consider our event.

p_christophertheofanidis300x210.jpgChristopher Theofanidis (b. 12/18/67 in Dallas, Texas) has had performances by many leading orchestras from around the world, including the London Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Moscow Soloists, the National, Atlanta, Baltimore, St. Louis, Detroit Symphonies, and many others. He also served as Composer of the Year for the Pittsburgh Symphony during their 2006-2007 Season, for which he wrote a violin concerto for Sarah Chang. 

Mr. Theofanidis holds degrees from Yale, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Houston, and has been the recipient of the International Masterprize (hosted at the Barbican Centre in London), the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, six ASCAP Gould Prizes, a Fulbright Fellowship to France, a Tanglewood Fellowhship, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Charles Ives Fellowship. In 2007 he was nominated for a Grammy for best composition for his chorus and orchestra work, The Here and Now, based on the poetry of Rumi. His orchestral concert work, Rainbow Body, has been one of the most performed new orchestral works of the last ten years, having been performed by over 100 orchestras internationally. 

Mr. Theofanidis' has recently written a ballet for the American Ballet Theatre, a work for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra as part of their ‘New Brandenburg’ series, and he currently has two opera commissions for the San Francisco and Houston Grand Opera companies. He has a long-standing relationship with the Atlanta Symphony, and has just had his first symphony premiered and recorded with that orchestra. He has served as a delegate to the US-Japan Foundation's Leadership Program and is a former faculty member of the Peabody Conservatory and the Juilliard School. He currently teaches at Yale University.