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Composer James Ogburn Attending New Music Symposium Chamber Concert Scheduled March 25

Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso

Composer, conductor, theorist and educator—James Ogburn is known around the world for his work. On Monday, March 25, Del Mar College’s Cultural Programs Committee and the Music Department offer on experience that features the composer’s contemporary repertoire, along with Corpus Christi premiere performances of works commissioned by DMC faculty and ensembles, as part of the College’s annual New Music Symposium.

Ogburn will attend the concert, and audience members will have a change to meet the artist.

The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Wolfe Recital Hall, located in the Fine Arts Center Music Building on the East Campus at Ayers and Kosar. For more information, contact DMC associate professor Roger Petersen at 698-1619 or rpetersen@delmar.edu.

During the past five years, Ogburn’s music has been featured at over two dozen festivals and orchestral season programs throughout North America, Europe and Asia, including Thailand, the People’s Republic of China, Indonesia, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Spain, Poland, Italy and across the United States.

In addition to receiving the 2017 Cluster Prize, Ogburn was selected as a finalist for the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society/Orion Quartet Commission Competition. He was also chosen for the ALIA Musica Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble Composition Competition and awarded Third Prize in the American Prize in Composition for his Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra and was a finalist for his Concerto for Cello and Orchestra.

During the ninth season of the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra (TPO), Ogburn was appointment as first “Composer-in-Residence” and wrote five works. He also served as the principal researcher for the TPO for four seasons. While living in Thailand, he served as chair of composition and theory at Mahidol University College of Music, artistic director and conductor of Enclave Ensemble, program manager of the Thailand International Composition Festival and project director of the Young Thai Artist Award.

Ogburn has also led resident ensemble performances during international festivals, including the Thailand International Composition Festival, The Thailand Brass and Percussion Festival and the Yamaha-Tubamania Conference.

Ogburn earned a bachelor’s degree from Central Washington University and masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. Currently, he serves as an assistant professor of composition and theory at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University. For more information about the artist, visit www.jamesogburn.com.


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