Richmond Symphony Presents: Composer Residency with John B Hedges
The Richmond Symphony hosted a week-long residency with visiting composer John B Hedges during the week of February 12-17, 2013. This exciting residency allowed us to introduce John B to the greater Richmond community creating deeper relationships between the orchestra and our community through the performance and promotion of living American music.
Residency activities took place around the RSO performance and Virginia premiere of his piece Prayers of Rain and Wind, a concerto for double bass, written for guest artist Joseph Conyers.
The residency offered a multifaceted approach on many levels by engaging and educating our community on new orchestral music with an emerging contemporary composer.
- Open rehearsals including question and answer sessions with the composer and guest artist.
- Pre- and post-concert discussions with the composer, guest artist and Maestro Freeman.
- A video interview with the composer and guest artist discussing elements of the composition providing points for listening.
- The Genealogy of a Concerto: A lecture demonstration for the St. Paul’s Baptist Church congregation on the creation of the work and the piece’s influences (especially Gospel lined hymn singing found particularly in the 2nd movement of the work).
- Inspiration and the Creative Process: a mini-lecture and informal performance by the composer and guest artist as part of our Masterworks Series hosted by Altria.
- Masterclasses: the composer worked with composition students from local universities who shared their work for feedback in a group session.
- Open rehearsals: students were invited to sit alongside the composer during the open rehearsals of the work getting a valuable inside look at composer/orchestral collaboration.
- Rehearsals: the composer worked with members of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra Chorus performing on the concerto.
- Clinics and Coaching: the composer and guest artist worked with the RSO Youth Orchestra Program (including other bass students and some adult players) discussing promoting and creating new repertoire for the instrument and pushing the boundaries for the bass as a solo instrument, suggestions for how to listen to new work, and understanding the different characteristics of music (register, dynamics, color, dissonance/consonance, etc.).
Here’s an inside look at “Prayers of Rain and Wind” from guest composer John B Hedges and guest artist Joseph Conyers. Hear the live performance during the Mozart’s Requiem concert on Saturday, Feb 16 – 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 17 at 3 p.m. at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage.
Start and End Dates
02/12/2013 — 02/17/2013