By Robert D. Thomas
Pasadena Star-News/San Gabriel Valley Tribune/Whittier Daily
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.
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
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