Benjamin Taylor Explains his piece, Leaving White, to the audience.
The energy and vibe of the performance-reading was
wonderful! The orchestra read our pieces this evening to a sold-out
audience. We composers all sat in the front, taking our turns giving a
brief introduction to our works, and then taking the hot-seat during the
performance. Each piece spoke with a clear voice, and each was distinct
and unique. During the intermission and after the concert, I enjoyed
talking with members of the audience, all of which were very complimentary and
supportive of the music they heard. I especially thought that the
soloists did an incredible job in my piece; Michael Roth on violin, Stephen
Taylor on oboe, Stephen Hart on Clarinet, Laura Koepke on bassoon, and Ben
Herman on timpani. Working with this orchestra, George Manahan, and the
mentor composers has been an experience worth years studying composition at a
American Composers Orchestra
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