In 2001, an entrepreneurial group of smaller-budget orchestras banded together and pooled their resources to commission a renowned American composer. Through this unique initiative, the Ford Made in America program was formed. Ford Made in America is the largest orchestral commissioning consortium in the country’s history, and has created a national network through which participating orchestras have access to resources normally not available to orchestras of their size.
This year, 60 orchestras across the country will perform regional premieres of this year's commission, Joseph Schwantner's "Chasing Light..." In our area, the McLean Orchestra, Sylvia Alimena, Music Director and conductor, is the lucky ensemble to bring us this new work. Sylvia Alimena talks with WETA's Marilyn Cooley about the excitement of premiering a work by a living composer. Excerpt courtesy of Reno Chamber Orchestra, Theodore Kuchar, Music Director.