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ISU Orchestra Program 2013 – 2014 Season

Friday - April 25, 2013 7:30 pm | Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall

Needham Suburban Grooves - ISU Symphony Commission and World Premiere
Sibelius Symphony no. 2 in D Major, op. 43

Admission Charged: $5.00 adults; $3.00 students.
Tickets available at the door.

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For its final performance of the year, the ISU Symphony presents an exhilarating and emotionally moving concert. To open the program, we present a new work from the young American composer Clint Needham. This will be the world premiere of the piece which was commissionioned by the ISU Symphony. For the finale, the ISU Symphony will perform Sibelius' transcendent Symphony no.2 in D Major - an orchestral and emotional tour de force.

The music of Clint Needham has been described as "wildly entertaining" (New York Times), "well-crafted and arresting... riveting" (Herald Times), & "stunning... brilliantly orchestrated" (New York Times). Needham recently served as the Music Alive: New Partnerships Composer-in-Residence with the Albany Symphony where is work "Everyday Life" was premiered. Following the premiere, the Daily Gazette praised his work as "full of a boisterous energy... his use of the orchestra's various colors was impressive" while the Times Union called the work "a pastiche of beautiful, string-filled cinematic passages."

Needham's orchestral music has been commissioned and performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Albany Symphony, Omaha Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, Spokane Symphony, Aspen Concert Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Sioux City Symphony, New York Youth Symphony, Texarkana Symphony, Symphony in C, and the United States Air Force Band of the West, among others. Various chamber groups including Alarm Will Sound, the American Brass Quintet, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, New York Classical Players, Dinosaur Annex, President's Own Marine Band Brass Quintet, Camerata Aberta, Quintet Attacca, Stanford Wind Quintet, and the Wingra Woodwind Quintet have given performances of his chamber music across the country, as well as in Europe, Brazil, Japan, and Australia.

As an educator, Needham has served as an Associate Instructor at Indiana University, Assistant Professor at Ohio Wesleyan University, and is currently Composer-in-Residence/Assistant Professor of Music at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. He holds degrees from Indiana University, where he was a four-year Jacobs School of Music doctoral fellow in composition, and from the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. Needham's music is published by the Theodore Presser Company with additional works published by Manhattan Beach Music and Triplo Press. Recordings of his works can be found on the Summit Records and Mark Masters labels, by the United States Air Force Band of the West, and from the American Composers Orchestra Digital Release series, vol. 1.


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