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Pasadena Symphony to perform world premiere of music Prof. Peter Boyer's Symphony No. 1

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Photo of Claremont Graduate University Music Professor Peter Boyer

The Pasadena Symphony will perform the world premiere of Claremont Graduate University (CGU) music Prof. Peter Boyer’s Symphony No. 1 on Saturday, April 27 in concerts at 2 and 8 pm at the Ambassador Auditorium. The concerts also feature violinist Chee-Yun and guest conductor Jose Luis Gomez.

Boyer, a Grammy Award-nominated composer and CGU's Helen M. Smith Chair in Music, is one of the most frequently performed American orchestral composers of his generation, with over 300 public performances of his works by more than 100 orchestras. He has served as Pasadena Symphony’s composer-in-residence this season.

His Symphony No. 1 is dedicated to the memory of famed composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, who had a profound influence on Boyer’s work. The commission of this new work was made possible through contributions by trustees of Claremont Graduate University.

“For any composer a commission for a first symphony is a special opportunity," Boyer said. "While I’ve often been asked to compose works on historical subjects or to celebrate specific occasions, with this commission I’ve relished the great challenge of creating a purely musical symphonic work. I’ve long admired the Pasadena Symphony, whose musicians are my colleagues and friends. I’m grateful both to compose this work and to conduct this fine orchestra.”

The Pasadena Symphony and POPS is an ensemble of Southern California’s most talented, sought after musicians. With extensive credits in the film, television, recording and orchestral industry, the artists of Pasadena Symphony and POPS are the most heard in the world.

Tickets start at $35 and may be purchased at, (626) 793-7172, or onsite the day of the concert. CGU students, faculty, and staff receive a 20 percent discount by using the coupon code "CGU."

The Ambassador Auditorium is at 131 St. John Ave in Pasadena.


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