Constellations to Composition

Constellations to Composition is Arizona Philharmonic’s 2019-2020 outreach collaboration with the Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium and Prescott Unified School District. Nine classes of PUSD third and six graders participated in this program. 

Each class visited the planetarium show to view a show created by Planetarium Coordinator Eric Edelman for this project. They studied the animals and constellations and selected an inspiration for their composition. In workshops with Arizona Philharmonic representatives, the students learned of the orchestra and its music. With careful guidance, each group then composed a short orchestral work while hearing immediate playback from a computer.

The student pieces will be used as background audio for a new planetarium show written by Eric Edelman’s team and presented in Summer 2020. And some of the music will be selected by Maestro Peter Bay to be edited and prepared for orchestral performance on the May 24, 2020 Arizona Philharmonic concert at Yavapai College.

Visit here in late Winter to see the completed scores and professionally synthesized performances of each class’ composition.

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