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Classical music aficionados on the lookout for the next Philip Glass or Steve Reich should keep a careful eye on the new generation of composers in the ComposerCraft program at Kaufman Music Center's Lucy Moses School. Aged 10-13, the students come to the class having already written everything from operas and symphonies to klezmer tunes, and are growing accustomed to seeing their works performed by professional adult ensembles on the stages of NYC’s major concert venues.
On February 1, this year’s crop of nine students heard their compositions performed by the Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble at Symphony Space as part of the Music of Now Marathon, “a massive gathering of adventurous music-makers” (Time Out New York). Congratulations to Noah Chi, Abe Gold, Paris Lavidis, Howard Lin, Daniel Ma, Kyrie McIntosh, Luke Poeppel, Misha Swersey and Alice Volfson!
The program of the annual Music of Now Marathon, which features some of today’s best young musicians and composers, also included works by Angélica Negrón, Martha Mooke, Meredith Monk, Kaija Saariaho and Eugene Drucker of the Emerson String Quartet among many others.
The kids wowed Symphony Space Artistic Director Laura Kaminsky, who worked with them as a guest composer last year and invited them to participate in the Marathon. “I was incredibly impressed by the passion, articulateness, and total joy in music and music-making shown by the students,” she says. “These young composers represent the voices of the future.”
Taught by composer Robinson McClellan, ComposerCraft gives gifted young composers an unprecedented opportunity to develop their compositional voices and take part in New York’s vibrant new music scene. Read an article on student composers at Kaufman Music Center.
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