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SJO in concert with soloists (L-R) Dave Grusin, Christian McBride and Lee Ritenour
Following the tremendous success of last year’s Commissioning Prize competition honoring former Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Co-Music Director and ASCAP board member, George Duke, the SJO is proud to announce its 2nd Annual ASCAP Foundation/Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize competition. The prize is open to all direct ASCAP composer members, with a submission deadline of July 15th. The Music Advisory Board of the SJO will select the winning composer, who will be commissioned to write a new orchestral score for the SJO blending jazz & classical music – and beyond. The newly commissioned work will be premiered by the 67-piece SJO in 2017/18 and entered in to the SJO’s catalog of symphonic jazz commissions.
Created in 2002, the 67-member SJO is dedicated to blending the worlds of jazz and classical music through its commissioning, performing and educational programs. Led by Music Director Mitch Glickman, the ensemble has performed throughout Southern California with leading guest artists including Dave Grusin, Christian McBride, Raul Midon, Lee Ritenour, The Yellowjackets, and George Duke. The ASCAP Foundation/Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize is made possible in part by a grant from The ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Fund.
Symphonic Jazz Orchestra has embarked on an exciting new partnership with Martin Luther King Elementary in Compton, bringing dynamic music programs, including yearlong residencies with kindergarten and 1st grade students, into underserved schools that are lacking in arts education.
Take a peek inside the classrooms with this short video: