9.15.2011

National Symphony Orchestra will commission chamber work by a Kentucky composer


National Symphony Orchestra will commission chamber work by a Kentucky composer

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2011) — The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Symphony Orchestra in association with the Kentucky Arts Council announce a call for proposals for the commission of a chamber work by a resident Kentucky composer. The composer will be commissioned to write a work of approximately 10-15 minutes duration for no more than six traditional orchestra instruments.

The winning composer will receive $5,000, air travel and hotel accommodations for the premiere performance at the Kennedy Center.

The commission award is a continuation of the National Symphony Orchestra American Residency Project of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The American Residency took place in Kentucky in 2011 with the Kentucky Arts Council as the in-state partner.

The Kentucky Arts Council is coordinating the application process for the Music Composition Commission. For eligibility and submission requirements, go to artscouncil.ky.gov/KentuckyArt/NSO/NSOProposal_2011.pdf. Application materials must be postmarked or hand delivered to the Kentucky Arts Council office by Sept. 28, 2011.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The National Symphony Orchestra American Residencies is a unique national initiative encompassing the elements of education, outreach, chamber and orchestral performances. American Residencies are sponsored in part by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

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