The Seattle Symphony presents A Concert of World Premieres on Monday, May 2, at 7 p.m. in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby in Benaroya Hall. The performance, hosted by composer Tom Baker, features new chamber works by local teen composers who have participated in this year’s Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop (YCW). The YCW is a 12-week series of classes that supports young aspiring composers in the community to explore, experiment and produce a new piece of music. Led by Director and University of Washington School of Music Associate Professor Huck Hodge, classes met weekly in Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center, where students worked on all aspects of composing, including writing themes, learning orchestration and preparing a final score with parts. In addition, this year’s participants attended a master class with renowned American composer John Adams, where Adams reviewed and critiqued several of the compositions in progress. The program culminates in a public concert on May 2, during which the students’ work is performed live by Seattle Symphony musicians and friends. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here.
Participants in this year’s Young Composers Workshop are Caroline Baker and Caleb Bantum from Seattle; Akira Nair from Shoreline; Aidan Gold from Bothell; Liam Chen from Snohomish; Nicholas Hansen from Edmonds; Andrew Dana and Christina Ding from Bellevue; Alexander Sanchez from Mercer Island, and River Valadez from Tacoma.