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Composer Talk with Kevin Day

May 17 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join internationally acclaimed Composer Kevin Day at the WYSO Center for Music to hear Kevin speak in-person about his process for composing as well as his musical background.

Then on Saturday, May 18th, at 4:00pm at the Hamel Music Center at the Mead Witter School of Music, hear the world premiere performance of Dancing Fire III by Kevin Day, sponsored by the Andrew George Memorial Fund and performed by the WYSO Concert Orchestra under the direction of Christine Mata Eckel. Tickets are $20 (adults) and $10 (17 and under) and can be purchased online at Campus Arts Ticketing!

The May 18 4:00 concert will be followed by a Partners In Music reception (5:30-6:45) that will honor composer Kevin Day, as well as the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, who will be performing in a side-by-side performance with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the 7:00 Spring Bolz Family Concert.

Note about the World Premiere: This new composition was created by Black Composer Kevin Day in honor of WYSO alumnus Andrew George. Mr. Day’s compositions fuse genres such as jazz, contemporary classical, R&B, Soul, and more.


Mr. Day is the recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship for Music Composition, a winner of the BMI Composer Award, the TCU Alumni Outstanding Young Professional Award, a three-time ASCAP Morton Gould Finalist, a finalist for the ABA Sousa-Oswald Award, and a finalist for the NBA Revelli Award. His most recent works include his acclaimed Concerto for Wind Ensemble, as well as a double concerto for trombone and piano entitled Departures, which will be premiered later this year by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Day was born in Charleston, West Virginia and is a native of Arlington, Texas. His father was a prominent hip-hop producer in the late-1980s to early 90s in Southern California, and his mother was a sought-after gospel singer from West Virginia, singing alongside the likes of Mel Torme and Kirk Franklin.


May 17
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


WYSO Center for Music
1118 E. Washington Avenue
Madison, WI 53703 United States
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