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Wednesday 7.31 5:30pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
FREE Orchestra Concert

You’ll find yourself at the very center of contemporary music-making with a special concert featuring new works by three young composers—David Biedenbender, Holly Harrison, and Daniel Schlosberg—conducted by emerging conductors. All are studying in the prestigious Conductors/Composers Workshop. Don’t miss the excitement when the creative sparks fly!


David Biedenbender (b. 1984, Waukesha, WI) received the Bachelor of Music degree from Central Michigan University, and is completing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Michigan, after earning a Master of Music degree there; his mentors include Michael Daugherty and Bright Sheng. He has collaborated with such ensembles as Alarm Will Sound, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, VocalEssence, and the Boston New Music Initiative, and his music has been heard in many diverse venues, including Symphony Space, the Settlement Music School (Philadelphia, PA), the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and on WNYC’s Soundcheck with John Schaefer. Recent recognition for his work includes two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, the Suzanne and Lee Ettelson Composers Award, and a Composer Assistance Program Grant from the American Music Center.

Holly Harrison (b. 1988, Kurmond, NSW, Australia) is a candidate for the Doctorate of Creative Arts at the University of Western Sydney, where she also earned a Bachelor of Music with distinction and a University Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement. In 2012 she was chosen for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Program, and the Orchestra recently premiered her newest work. She was also selected as the Australian representative for the Asian Composers’ League Young Composers Competition in Taiwan. A portion of her musical output thus far is inspired by the work of Lewis Carroll, including A Mad Tea-Party for clarinet and electronic ensemble, A is for Alice for piano and Frumious and Red Queen, White Queen, Alice, and All for orchestra.

Daniel Schlosberg (b. 1987, Philadelphia, PA) is pursuing a Master of Music degree at Yale, where he earned a B.A. in music and studies with David Lang, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Christopher Theofanides. His first large work for orchestra, Five Stuck, was premiered by the Yale Symphony Orchestra and was subsequently performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic as part of the American Composers Orchestra’s EarShot series. He has also written works for the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Center City Opera (Philadelphia), the Norfolk Music Festival, Yale Cabaret, and the Yale Glee Club. He was a 2005 recipient of the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. An accomplished pianist, he recently served as rehearsal accompanist for the Kennedy Center’s acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies.