Green Bay Commission Club Press Release


New York composer Zhou Tian has been commissioned by the Green Bay Commission Club to write a work to be premiered by the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, Bridget-Michaele Reischl, Music Director. A composition for full orchestra, the work will premiere during the Orchestra's 2009/10 season.
With the assistance of composers David Dzubay, Jennifer Higdon, Daniel Kellogg, and Philip Rothman, the GBSO launched several unique projects that have sparked interest and inspired communities throughout the U.S.

In an effort to continue the momentum created by the grant funds and activities, Music Director Bridget-Michaele Reischl and 2006/7 GBSO Composer-In-Residence, Jennifer Higdon brain-stormed ways to capitalize on the great interest surrounding the visiting composers. Energizing the audience to invest in shaping the future of symphonic music and encouraging them to validate their potential as a vital force in the music world, the Green Bay Commission Club was launched with 33 charter members. Established in 2006, the Club has grown to be able to commission its first work from composer Zhou Tian for the 2009/10 GBSO season with only its modest annual membership fees as its source of commission funding. Check out their new blog at www.gbcommissionclub.com

Club members completed a year long selection process which culminated in a membership vote by ballot. The club worked with Music Director Bridget-Michaele Reischl to nominate a competitive roster of six well-known composers. Mr. Zhou Tian was voted the winner and was extended a contract for a concert opener during the GBSO’s 2009-10 season. Upon accepting the commission, Zhou Tian said, “It is my great pleasure to be chosen as the composer to receive the commission of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra’s 2009/10 season. I’d like to thank the members of the Commission Club for recognizing my music…..I look forward to meeting all of you!”

Born in 1981 in the city of Hangzhou, China, Mr. Zhou holds a Bachelor of Music from The Curtis Institute of Music, a Master of Music from The Juilliard School, and he is currently studying for his Doctoral degree at the USC Thornton School of Music. Mr. Zhou’s composition teachers have included Jennifer Higdon, Richard Danielpour, Christopher Rouse, and Stephen Hartke. His music has been played by many orchestras and chamber ensembles all over the world and he is the recipient of numerous awards for his work including three ASCAP/Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, Julius Hemphill International Composers Awards, Presser Foundation Music Award, and Composition Fellowships from Tanglewood, Aspen, Fontainebleau and Henry Mancini Music Festivals.

The Commission Club and the Green Bay community are proud of many home- grown products and traditions. In keeping with many of those traditions, the Commission Club has recently adopted the phrase “World Class Music Made In Green Bay”. Although there exist a number of commissioning bodies in many forms, the Green Bay community can now boast the first of its kind with the creation of a low cost, membership driven community effort to commission new works of symphonic repertoire to hear in their own concert hall played by their own symphony orchestra before the works are shared with other communities. Maestro Reischl said of the commission, “We are excited to have Zhou Tian create a new work for the orchestra and Green Bay audiences to enjoy. We are proud and fortunate to live in a community that supports the Green Bay Commission Club and that realizes the importance of creating and presenting new works of art.” She continued, “I encourage this growing band of enthusiasts who are breaking ground and making history in Green Bay.” Commission Club officer, Paula Hansen, loves the excitement of a world premiere-“It [the piece] is absolutely new to everyone, the conductor, the musicians and the audience.” Hansen declares, “We’re on a roll and Green Bay is where it’s happening.”

In addition to other traditional activities for resident composers, the GBSO created extraordinary opportunities for the members of its Youth Orchestra program by engaging each composer in a composition project. To date, more than 30 Youth Orchestra students have composed pieces for members of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, presented in concert yearly. Now in its 94th season, the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, led my Music Director, Bridget-Michaele Reischl, is the third largest professional orchestra in the state of Wisconsin. Performing concerts from October through April with world-renowned guest soloists, the GBSO has grown to include a flourishing Youth Orchestra program, and several community engagement and educational programs.

For more information contact Mike Stefiuk, Executive Director of the GBSO at 920-435-3465 / mstefiuk@greenbaysymphony.org or Chris Weaver, Vice-President of the Commission Club at 920-585-2299 / countyroad@gmail.com

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