Thursday, May 3, 2012

Music student Cole Holland's composition premieres May 7 at Benaroya

Edmonds Community College music student Cole Holland's composition "Leaving Armenia" will be performed with Young Composers: A Concert of World Premieres 7:30 p.m., Mon., May 7 at Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall,  Benaroya Hall, Seattle. Free. The premiere was originally scheduled for May 1, but was postponed due to May Day protests in downtown Seattle.

The concert will feature 10 world premiere compositions by local teen performers performed by Seattle Symphony musicians in a chamber setting.

"My piece...is written for a string quartet with a duration of about nine minutes. With this piece, I wanted to show both texture and sound, and how they can go against each other. In the introduction I show beautiful harmonics and counterpoint between the two violins, and it is written in a fugue style to where each instrument gets added in one at a time. From there, it travels through many different tempos, themes, colors, and atmosphere's before reaching the ending which is the most dramatic and emotional part of the piece," Cole said. 

Cole was one of 10 composers in the Puget Sound area selected to participate in the Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop run by Dr. Samuel Jones, former conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and co-founder of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University

Cole wrote his composition during the 12 week workshop. "In this time, we met once a week providing feedback and ideas to each others compositions, but most of all trying to push our creativity and art further than our previous projects," he said.


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