Composer Rick Sowash to visit area for Heartland Symphony’s 35th anniversary

Composer Rick Sowash

In celebration of its 35th anniversary season, the Heartland Symphony Orchestra (HSO) has commissioned nationally renowned composer, Rick Sowash, to compose a piece specially for the orchestra and its Central Minnesota audience. The piece titled “North Country Suite” will be premiered at the orchestra’s spring concert series Saturday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Charles D. Martin Auditorium in Little Falls and Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m. in Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.

Sowash will travel to the Brainerd Lakes Area to serve as artist in residence with the HSO for the week prior to the concerts. During this time, Sowash will visit local service clubs, schools and libraries, speaking about his new composition and how he came to be a composer. The general public is invited to the events, which are free and open to the public.

Monday, at 6:30 p.m. Sowash will speak about his new piece of music at the Little Falls Carnegie Library. Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m. he will visit the Brainerd Public Library. Sowash will discuss how he came to write the piece and why he wrote it the way he did. The programs will give attendees a unique behind the scenes look at how classical music is composed.

Sowash and HSO members will be available for a “Meet the Composer Open House” before the concert, Saturday April 14, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Initiative Foundation in Little Falls. The public is also invited to a “Meet the Composer Reception” immediately following the April 15 concert in the gym behind Tornstrom Auditorium.

For concert tickets or more information, call the HSO office at 1 (800) 826-1997, e-mail requests to info@heartlandsymphony.org or visit www.heartlandsymphony.org.

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