Sunday, April 14, 2019 12:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

See the next generation of America’s most talented composer's ages 13 to 18 have their original pieces performed, discussed, rehearsed and recorded in front of a live audience by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra led by Maestro Christopher Wilkins.

What is a composium? It’s like a concert, plus a master class, plus a competition. It’s informative, dramatic and entirely thrilling.

Witness an amazing afternoon of excitement, drama and music conducted by Maestro Christopher Wilkins and performed by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

In the first session, the winning chamber ensemble compositions are performed by symphony musicians. Each composer is interviewed by Maestro Wilkins and comments are given by the judges and musicians.

After a brief intermission, the full orchestra session starts. The performance of each winning full-orchestra composition begins with an audio excerpt from the young composer’s computer-generated MIDI score. Next, the composition is rehearsed, giving the composer an opportunity to interact with Maestro Wilkins, the orchestra musicians, and the judges. Each session ends with the final recorded performance of the composition.

Dress casually, bring the kids and prepare to have your mind expanded. You will never listen to an orchestra performance in quite the same way again.

Doors will be kept open during the event so that you can come to be inspired by your favorite young composer or stay for this entire amazing event. After the performance, everyone is invited to share refreshments and mingle with musicians, judges, the composers and their families, and of course Maestro Wilkins.

Learn more about the event and reserve your tickets here.

UCF Celebrates the Arts is an annual showcase of creativity, innovation and collaboration, featuring performers and artists from across the university. Highlights of the 2019 festival include a Tony Award-winning musical, ensemble and chamber concerts, opera, family events, living art and much more! We hope you celebrate with us! #ArtsAtUCF


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