Composers pair with high school ensembles

By From page A11 | October 25, 2011

Three world-class professional composers will be paired this weekend in Davis with two Northern California high school music programs for the world premiere of newly commissioned compositions, written expressly for and performed by student musicians.

The concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St., will feature musical ensembles from Berkeley High School and Sacramento’s Rio Americano High School, and the Sacramento State Jazz Ensemble.

The musicians will premiere original works by Grammy Award-winning composer Steve Horowitz, who composed the film score for “Super Size Me”; Vatican-commissioned composer Christopher Caliendo, who composed the film score for “The Iron Horse,” voted one of the top 10 film scores of 2007 by Film Score Monthly; and Berklee College of Music professor and award-winning composer Omar Thomas.

Fred Frith, a British composer, musician and icon in avant-garde music, will join the Berkeley musicians in the performance of Horowitz’s composition.

A master class facilitated by the composers and free to students, will kick off the event. The entire event also will be live-streamed at www.composersandschools.com.

For more information, visit http://composersandschools.com.

Enterprise staff

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