/ Last Modified May 19, 2011

Alex Garcia, Young Composer

Hear how this 16-year-old's music about the January 8th tragedy received its debut performance from The Tucson Symphony.

alex garcia composer spotlight 16-year-old Alex Garcia composed "A Tragedy in America" to commemorate January 8th. (PHOTO: Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star)

How did you express yourself when you were sixteen? A lot of us wrote songs and poetry, but far fewer ever envisioned the idea of composing a score for a full orchestra.

Alex Garcia, a sophomore at Desert View High School, felt compelled to explore his feelings about the January 8th tragedy through music. The Tucson Symphony's Young Composers Project gave him coaching, and the opportunity to not just write for the orchestra, but to hear them perform his music as conducted by Maestro George Hanson. The result is a piece called A Tragedy in America.

Listen:

LISTEN

Thanks to NPR's Ted Robbins for collecting the interviews and sound heard in this story.

young composers lang lang spotlight Pianist Lang Lang poses with TSO conductor George Hanson, class instructor Ilona Vukovic-Gay, and members of the 2010-11 Young Composers Project (PHOTO: Dan Williams)
MORE: Arizona, Music
By posting comments, you agree to our
AZPM encourages comments, but comments that contain profanity, unrelated information, threats, libel, defamatory statements, obscenities, pornography or that violate the law are not allowed. Comments that promote commercial products or services are not allowed. Comments in violation of this policy will be removed. Continued posting of comments that violate this policy will result in the commenter being banned from the site.

By submitting your comments, you hereby give AZPM the right to post your comments and potentially use them in any other form of media operated by this institution.
Arizona Public Media broadcast stations are licensed to the Arizona Board of Regents. Arizona Public Media and AZPM are registered trademarks of the Arizona Board of Regents.
The University of Arizona