The Mountain Arts Community Center has commissioned a new piece of music by composer Robert Bradshaw to be performed for the first time by participants in the second annual MACC Youth String Camp Friday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Titled "Thermodynamic Phenomenon," the piece was inspired by the tornadoes which devastated nearby communities on April 27.
"It's very dissonant, very rhythmic and full of a lot of tension," said MACC director Barb Storm of the song, which will be performed by the faculty string quartet accompanied by the middle and high school students in the camp's two student orchestras.
A representative from the Chattanooga Chapter of the American Red Cross will be present at the song's debut to accept monetary donations for the first-responder agency, said Storm.
Bradshaw is also serving as the camp's composer-in-residence throughout the week, sharing with participants the mystery behind the composition process.
The award-winning composer's songs have been performed around the world and in prestigious American venues including the Lincoln Center and the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Sidney Harman Hall. He has also scored more than 25 film, radio, TV and multimedia projects, and his most recent work, "Public Museum," was featured at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
The MACC was referred to Bradshaw by guest conductor Joe Lee, the resident conductor of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra, the Huntsville Youth Orchestra and the University Orchestra at Sewanee