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Sunday, November 12, 2017 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Witness an amazing afternoon of excitement, drama, and music. Hear the winning compositions by America's top young composers discussed, rehearsed, and conducted by Maestro Christopher Wilkins and performed by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and members of the UCF Music faculty.

In the first session the winning chamber ensemble compositions are performed by the professional musicians. Each composer is interviewed 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 whole family, and prepare to have your mind expanded. You will never listen to an orchestra performance in quite the same way again.

Admission to the Composium is free. 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.


1:00-2:00 Ensemble Performances

  • 1:00-1:10 Introductions
  • 1:10-1:25 Kuma Lisa- Elise Arancio - Tucker, GA
  • 1:25-1:40 The Story of Tristan and Isolde - Gahwon Lee - Plano, TX
  • 1:40-1:55 Three Night Pieces I - Paul Novak - Reno, NV
  • 1:55-2:00 Ensemble Awards Presentation

2:00-2:15 Intermission

2:15-4:50 Orchestra Performances

  • 2:15-3:00 The Paper Man - Harrison Collins - Little Elm, TX
  • 3:00-3:45 Dreamscape - Zev Malina - Harrisburg, PA
  • 3:45-4:00 Intermission
  • 4:00-4:45 Fantasy for Orchestra - Daniel Zarb-Cousin - Huntington Beach, CA
  • 4:45-4:50 Ensemble Awards Presentation

4:50-6:00 Reception - Refreshments and meet the composers


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