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CYO Presents: A Celebration of Joan Tower

By February 22, 2019February 9th, 2021No Comments

Contemporary Youth Orchestra is thrilled to announce our next concert, A Celebration of Joan Tower!

The concert will take place Saturday, March 9th at the Main Auditorium on the Tri-C Metro Campus.

Joan Tower is a Grammy Award winning contemporary composer and head of the composition department at Bard College. Regarded as one of the most important living American composers and most successful female composers of all time, her career spans more than 50 years. She has made lasting contributions as a composer, performer, conductor, and educator. Her bold and energetic compositions have been performed by orchestras around the world.

During this concert CYO will perform the Cleveland premiere of 3 of Tower’s works: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman #6, Stroke and In Memory (for string orchestra)Stroke and In Memory were both written from very personal experiences: Tower wrote Stroke for her younger brother who suffered a stroke at a young age, and In Memory for a friend who was lost during the 9/11 attacks. Completing the program is Tambor, a piece that focuses the full orchestra on rhythm and transforms the entire ensemble into a giant percussion section. 

Tower has received commissions from orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, St. Louis, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Houston Symphonies, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center Chamber Society, among many other major ensembles, soloists, and orchestras. This will be Tower’s second appearance with CYO.


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