By Robert D. Thomas
Pasadena Star-News/San Gabriel Valley Tribune/Whittier Daily News
The Pasadena Symphony has named Grammy-nominated composer Peter Boyer as
Composer-in-Residence for the 2012-2013 season and has commissioned the Altadena resident’s Symphony No. 1 to conclude the orchestra’s 85th season on April 27, 2013.
Boyer’s composition is being underwritten by contributions from Trustees of the Claremont Graduate University, where Boyer is professor of music. A newly formed PSO support group, the Fresh Ink Society, is raising funds hoping to record the symphony on the Naxos label following the performance, which Boyer will conduct.
One of Boyer’s numerous compositions, Ellis Island: The Dream of America, which was premiered in 2002, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition. The work has been played more than 125 times by nearly 60 orchestras during the past decade.
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