Minneapolis, MN, October 10, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- The Minnesota Sinfonia is excited to announce the winners of its 2014 Commissioning program: Justin Henry Rubin, Yue Lor, Michael Cherbosky and Justin Merritt. These Minnesota-based composers will have their new musical works premiered by the Sinfonia during the orchestra’s upcoming Winter Concert Season. The Minnesota Sinfonia is a Minnesota-based non-profit dedicated to serving the musical needs of Minnesotans, with an emphasis on children, seniors and those with limited financial means.
After attending the Manhattan School of Music and the University of Arizona, Rubin moved to Duluth where he is now the chair of the Music Theory and Composition Program at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He has released four CDs of his music and has had his work performed across the United States. His new work, Concierto Pequeno, will be performed during the Sinfonia’s concerts on Friday, January 9 at Roseville Lutheran Church and Saturday, January 10 at the Basilica of St. Mary.
Lor is a senior at Concordia College studying Music Composition. He has attended Junior Composers camp on the University of Minnesota campus, where many of his pieces were premiered, including Laetificus Letificus by the Sinfonia, during the summer of 2011. He also won the Federation of Music Clubs’ Overture Composition. His piece, Subtle Bliss and Raging Anger, will be premiered at the Sinfonia’s performances on Saturday, February 14 at Temple of Aaron in St. Paul and Sunday, February 15 at Temple Israel in Minneapolis.
Cherbosky is a Twin Cities native. Raised in a musical household, he began playing violin at an early age, and later began playing the viola. His piece, Vielles Chansons de Nouvelle-France, will be featured during the Sinfonia’s concerts on Friday, March 20 at First Covenant Church in St. Paul and Sunday, March 22 at Temple Israel.
Merritt was the youngest ever winner of the ASCAP Foundation and Rudolph Nissim award. Other awards include a McKnight Fellowship, the Copland Award and the Polyphonos Prize. He earned his master and doctorate degrees from Indiana University School of Music, and currently teaches at St. Olaf College. His new work, Nativity after John Donne, will premier during the Sinfonia’s performances on Friday, April 10 at Johnson High School in St. Paul, and Saturday, April 11 at the Basilica of St. Mary.
The Sinfonia’s Commissioning program is made possibly thanks to the continuing support from the McKnight Foundation.
Additional information about the 2015 Commissioning program, Sinfonia concerts and more can be found at www.mnsinfonia.org or by calling the Sinfonia’s office at 612-871-1701.
The Minnesota Sinfonia is a professional chamber orchestra whose mission is to serve the musical and educational needs of the citizens of Minnesota, especially families with children, inner-city youth, seniors and those with limited financial means. The Sinfonia plays concerts for over 27,000 people each year, and is the only professional orchestra of its kind, offering all concerts free of admission charges, welcoming children to every performance, and dedicating over half its services to inner-city schools. Founded in 1989 by Artistic Director Jay Fishman, the Sinfonia is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization supported by corporate, foundation and individual contributors.