February 25, 2010
Each season, the LACO commissions and premieres a new piece of music composed especially for its virtuosic musicians. LACO patrons can take part in this creative process by donating toward the composer’s fee and costs of the premiere concerts. These Sound Investment members get to meet the composer in intimate previews of the new works.
This season, award-winning composer George Tsontakis is the 2009-10 recipient of LACO’s Sound Investment Commission. LACO performs the world premiere of his new work at the Great Romantics concert on May 15 and 16.
Recently, Tsontakis was in Louisville for the premiere of Impetuous, composed for the Louisville Orchestra and commissioned by Nana Lampton. While there, he chatted with local radio host Daniel Gilliam of Classical 90.5 about composing a new work for an orchestra, teaching and masterclasses and the value of commissioning new music.