Symphony #1 “Travelogue of the Locusts”: August 1, 2009

Mary C. Wright and Jody Hughes Featuring the New Portland Chamber Orchestra

Symphony #1 “Travelogue of the Locusts” is a 45-minute orchestral/theatrical concert, consisting of approximately ten pieces that revolve around the themes of the cycle of life, the times of the day, and the non-human cultural habits of nature. This production is similar to a play, where characters come and go, affecting the dynamic of the work. In this case, the “players” are the performers, who enter and exit the performance space in a fluid, uninterrupted manner as they are ‘needed.’ Therefore, a particular song may begin with a tuba alone on stage, continue adding strings and horns, and may end with two flutes playing alone on stage. The instrumentation of each song will be unpredictable by the audience.

Mary C. Wright is a composer and sound artist residing in Portland, Oregon. She holds degrees in music composition from Princeton University (Ph.D., M.F.A.), California Institute of the Arts (M.F.A.), and music theory from Cleveland Institute of Music (B.M.). Ms. Wright’s music has been performed by major chamber music ensembles in the United States including, the Kronos Quartet and Bang on a Can All-Stars. She has received commissions from the MIT Symphony Orchestra, American Composers Forum, Fromm Foundation at Harvard University, the Meet the Composer/Readers Digest Commissioning Program in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lila Wallace Readers Digest Fund, and ASCAP/ Bang On A Can (In Memory of John Cage). She has received awards from the International League of Women Composers, ASCAP (Young Composers Award), and the first Margaret Blackburn Memorial Competition. A strong proponent of interdisciplinary projects, she has collaborated with computer scientists, architects, and artists.

Jody Hughes is a musician originally from a small town in east Texas. He has performed and toured nationally as well as internationally with shows, ranging from a one-manband performance with dancing waters to a series of lectures on the history of country music and southern politics. His multi-media music performances have been performed at Lawndale Art Center and DiverseWorks in Houston, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), and dozens of live music venues in Portland, Munich, Berlin, New York, Austin. He produced records for Elizabeth Venable and Michael Luchtan, composed music and sound design for “The Misadventures of Lewis and Clark” puppet show at the TBA Festival in Portland. He is a founding member of Autotopia, a space-rock band.

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