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Sunday, October 7, 2012

2012-2013 Young Composers' Competition Winner Douglas Buchanan

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2012-2013 Young Composers' Competition Winner Douglas Buchanan
September 18, 2012 | By Pam Brant, Symphony in C
VP of Marketing & PR
Mr. Buchanan’s winning composition, Mallus, will open Symphony in C’s 60th season on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. at the Gordon Theater, Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts. The program begins with the Winner of the 17th Annual Young Composers’ Competition. Next on the program, renowned pianist Di Wu performs Rachmaninov’s passionate Second Piano Concerto. The program concludes with Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony, “Pathétique,” his final and reflective work.

About Douglas Buchanan: Douglas Buchanan (b. 1984, Westfield, NY) was raised in Dallas, Texas where he studied piano, violin, bagpipes, and percussion. He began formal composition study with Peter Mowrey and Jack Gallagher at the College of Wooster, where he earned his B.Mus. in Piano Performance, and currently studies with renowned composer Michael Hersch in the D.M.A. Composition Program at the Peabody Conservatory. He has also studied with Libby Larsen, Nicholas Maw, and Chen Yi, and has been commissioned by groups including the Annapolis Opera, the Peabody Opera, the Figaro Project, Rhymes with Opera, and mode iv, as well as world-renowned poet and Shostakovich collaborator Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Douglas has received numerous awards and grants for his compositions, including the Presser Award for his virtuosic piano cycle Colonnades, and his orchestral work Malleus was chosen to be read in the Young Composer Readings by Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Malleus received praise at its premiere with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra for being “filled with terrific orchestral color and weight, not to mention feeling” (Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun), and Douglas’ vocal works have been described as “spectacular…ethereally beautiful” (Baynard Woods, What Weekly), and capable of at once uniting “spectacle and depth” (Rob Deemer, Sequenza 21). He currently serves as Choirmaster and Organist at historic Old St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Baltimore, where he also teaches Music Theory and Musicology at the Peabody Conservatory, and Conducting, Composition and Music Theory at Towson University.

Young Composers’ Competition Past Winners: 2011-2012: Roger Zare - Green Flash 2010-2011: Michael Gilbertson - Wingspan 2009-2010: Andrew McPherson – Interstate Holiday 2008-2009: Clint Needham - Radiant Nation 2007-08: Zhou Tian - The Palace of Nine Perfections 2006-07: Takuma Itoh - Concerto for Orchestra 2005-06: Michael Djupstrom - Prelude to a Forgotten Opera 2004-05: Martin Kennedy - Oranges 2003-04: John Kaefer - Mosaic 2002-03: Anthony Cheung - Serendipitous Scenes 2001-02: David Laganella - Lamentoso 2000-01: Dan Coleman - The Voice of the Rain 1999-2000: Carter Pann - Slalom 1998-99: Paul Yeon Lee - Silhouette 1997-98: Amy Scurria - Beyond All Walking 1996-97: Michael Karmon - And the Rhythm Is Just a Little Bit Off...

Symphony in C, formerly The Haddonfield Symphony, is one of three professional training orchestras in the United States preparing musicians and conductors who are on the cusp of world-class careers through concert, educational outreach and professional development programs.

Tickets are currently available and range in price from $23 - $50. Season Concert information follows in the information box. This program made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the William G. Rohrer Charitable Foundation. Symphony in C is a member of the South Jersey Cultural Alliance (SJCA).

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