The Del Mar International Composers Symposium is a unique event. This is held every year in the beautiful city of San Diego. The Del Mar International Composers Symposium presents a week of events filled with the most talented and dynamic artists in the world. These symposia are designed to inspire, encourage and develop the skills of contemporary classical musicians. During the five days, symposium participants are invited to participate in lectures, workshops, master classes and concerts.
This year’s edition of the symposium is filled with spectacular presentations featuring some of the most innovative artists. There are five main sessions this year, each with a unique theme. Each program includes a keynote speaker, as well as three workshops. Each workshop focuses on one of the five main themes that are ensemble practice, creativity and innovation, musical structure and form, and the future of classical music.
Arlozago, the world’s best-selling conductor, will provide a keynote address. During his talk, he will share with the audience some of his most significant works, including The Mysterious Lady, Requiem for the Madonna, and Mass with Choir. The week will also feature a program on composing by composers. This week, works by such well-known composers as Yo-Yo Ma, Andres Segovia and Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov will be on display.
During the second day, students and experts from different disciplines will present their research results on classical music. Present speakers include Professor Emeritus John Cowper Powys, University of London; Sir Oliver Holmes, Emeritus Professor of Music at Cambridge University; Frank Oz, recipient of the Order of the British Empire for his work as conductor and music educator, and Professor Emeritus Kamalay Kumar of the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. A symposium on Indian classical music will feature performances by renowned singers, guitarists, dance professors and visual artists. Other speakers include Professor Prem Chopra of the Indian Institute of Technology, India; Professor PS Garg, II, Director of the School of Music, Mumbai; J. B. Priestley, Emeritus Professor of Music, University of California, Los Angeles; Dr. Subir Waqbal, Convener of the Association for Islamic Studies in Europe, Cologne; Dr. Nafees Zakari, Founder of the Pakistan School of Music (PSM), Lahore; and Mr Samiullah Khan, former President of Pakistan. The closing day will feature a session on new musical trends in the field.
This symposium is organized by the University of Florida. This year, the event will take place in Jacksonville as part of the Spring Festival. It is one of the most prominent academic conferences attended throughout the country. Over 100 scholars from different countries attend this prestigious conference. It offers a unique place for sharing information and experiences with other artists, music experts.
In the last decade, Pakistani music has been deeply influenced by Western music. However, in recent years, Balinese music has grown in popularity. A feature article in the program highlights the influential performances of local and international artists over the past year. Recent projects are also highlighted which have brought about a sea change in the Balinese music scene.
The symposium also features a solo performance by internationally renowned musician Fazal Musa. His performance took place against the backdrop of a concert given by the Pakistan Chamber Orchestra. In addition to Musa, prominent soloists from Pakistan, Iran, India and the UK have also showcased their talents in recent years. Presented artists included Qasman Elahi, Shariff Ali, Mina Ashrafpour, Sharukh Khan, Azhar Sharif and many more.
This year, the organizers have decided to hold another symposium as part of the Spring Festival. This time the theme will be “Musical Renaissance of East Asia”. Speakers include representatives from China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.
The Del Mar International Composers Symposium (DMICS) brings talented composers from around the world to Del Mar to work with some of San Diego’s finest performers. Now in its second season, DMICS presents a week of events, designed to provide the local community with a window into the creative process of contemporary musicians. Founded by award-winning local composer Jordan Kuspa, DMICS seeks to make the creative process accessible to the community by presenting concerts, open rehearsals, and interactive presentations with its musicians.
Guest composers this year include rising new music stars Nicholas Benavides, Quinn Mason, Polina Nazaykinskaya, Juri Seo and Joseph Sowa. Their compositions are performed by the Hausmann Quartet (ensemble at the residence at SDSU), the soprano Tasha Koontz (often soloist with the San Diego Opera and the San Diego Symphony), and pianist Peter Walsh, who is in high demand as a recitalist and pianist for opera companies. including the LA Opera and the Houston Grand Opera.
In addition to musical performances, DMICS will hold two evenings of presentations and interactive discussions with its composers. If you have ever asked what composers think before they start writing music, or asked why modern music sounds so different from the classical repertoire, this is a rare opportunity to speak directly with composers who are active today. Or, if you are curious to know what musicians are discussing to bring a new piece to life, DMICS holds open rehearsals where guests can watch composers collaborate and experiment with performers to design their musical ideas.
DMICS presents two concerts of new and recently composed works on Sunday, August 8, at 5:30 p.m. and on Tuesday, August 10, at 7 p.m. Tickets for these concerts are $ 30, $ 20 or $ 10, and are available at www.delmarcomposers.org.
Interactive panel discussions will take place on Thursday, August 5th, and Monday, August 9th (both at 7pm), and open rehearsals will take place on Friday, August 6th (13: 30-16: 00), Saturday, August 7th ( 13.00-15.30 hours), and Monday, August 9 (10-13 hours). These events are free, but reservations are recommended. All DMICS events take place in the Parish Hall, St.Peter’s Episcopal Church, Del Mar, except the August 10th Concert, which will be held at the Del Mar Powerhouse Community Center. Visit www.delmarcomposers.org or email [email protected] for more information.