Chamber Orchestra First Editions commissions Maggio

Aug 08, 2016 Chamber Orchestra First Editions commissions Maggio

Chamber Orchestra First Editions (COFE) has commissioned Robert Maggio to compose a new work for string orchestra for the 2016-17 season. Maggio’s Bright Elegy, will be premiered February 18 (Haverford College) and 19 (Philadelphia).

Chamber Orchestra FIRST EDITIONS (COFE) presents informal concerts combining premieres of new commissioned works by Philadelphia-area composers with early works by W.A. Mozart.  Composers, performers, and renowned guest soloists speak about their own development as artists in the light of the early career of Mozart who provides an ideal model for our project. His development as a musician is uniquely traceable through his music as well as through the voluminous surviving correspondence with his family.

COFE’s orchestra combines a core of superb Philadelphia free-lance players with a small and select group of advanced student string players from Swarthmore, Haverford, and Bryn Mawr Colleges.  Participating students have the opportunity to work directly with composers on challenging new repertoire, and to collaborate with eminent soloists and some of Philadelphia’s best professional musicians.

James Freeman, formerly the Artistic Director/Conductor/Founder of Philadelphia’s Orchestra 2001, is COFE’s Musical Director and Founder.  “As in my 27 years with Orchestra 2001,” says Freeman, “one important aspect of FIRST EDITIONS concerts will always be the excitement of commissioning and introducing new works to the world.  We exist as musicians to bring the music of our time to as broad an audience as we can reach.  Each concert will include two world premieres by area composers.”