My dear Maestro, Dr. Dinos Constantinides, I cannot believe this has really happened, and you are not with us in this world anymore. I have no words to express my sadness, and I regret I cannot meet you or hear your voice again! I have had the most incredible memories working with you as a student and assistant for five years, and I cherish every single day we had together. Everyone knows your fantastic music and your true love for music, but not everyone may know your wonderful personality. You were so kind, so generous, so understanding, and so caring to people. You wanted all the best for everybody, and your heart was such big to love and support everyone. You have had a significant influence on the lives of many, including myself. I could not be the person and composer I am today without you. I have learned many great lessons from you, most importantly hard work and dedication for constant progress. I admire every music lesson I had with you because there I learned how wonderful the world of music is! Your passion for music was truly exemplary, and your knowledge was exceptionally genius and extensive. The world will never forget the contributions you have made, and history will always feature your accomplishments. I am very honored that I have had the privilege to study and work under your supervision, and I will do my best to make you happy and proud. You have been the most incredible teacher, mentor, and supervisor I could ever have. You will always be my inspiration as a composer and my role model as a human. You and your family have been like my own father and family during the difficult time I could not see them. My family and I will always be grateful for the unlimited support of you and your family. You are very missed, and I feel very lonely already, but you and your music will be with me in my heart forever. I extend my kindest thoughts and deepest sympathy to dear Ms. Judy, Lenna, and the Constantinides family for peace, patience, and comfort.
Please join us TOMORROW, July 7, at 3:00PM — 4:00PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) for an online video stream “Composer Spotlight: Toulmin Orchestral Commissions Program - Part 2” featuring Toulmin composers Julia Adolphe, Cindy Cox, Stacy Garrop, and myself. It will be a discussion moderated by Melissa Ngan and Meghan Martineau on the composers’ Toulmin commissions and behind-the-scenes of their activities/collaborations with the American Composers Orchestra, League of American Orchestras, and orchestras. Registration is free and open to the public.
"July 7, 3pm EST, hear the works and stories of composers Niloufar Iravani, Stacy Garrop, Cindy Cox, and Julia Adolphe in our Part 2 of our Composer Spotlight: Toulmin Orchestral Commissions Program.
ACO's Melissa Ngan and LA Phil's Meghan Martineau moderate.
Register here: https://buff.ly/3h2qcZA"~Facebook post by American Composers Orchestra
I look forward to the event TOMORROW, July 7, at 3:00PM — 4:00PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)!
"Central to its values of diversity, disruption, and discovery, American Composers Orchestra partners each year with orchestras nationwide through its EarShot program (formerly the New Music Readings), which has identified and championed some of the most important rising compositional voices in the orchestral field since its founding in 1991.
To deepen the creative community around this work, the Virginia B. Toulmin Orchestral Commissions Program (formerly the Women Composers Readings and Commissions Program), an initiative of the League of American Orchestras in partnership with ACO, has commissioned three EarShot alumni each year to write a new orchestral work that is premiered by participating orchestras across the country.
Whether you are looking to discover composers new to you for your orchestra’s programming, or simply share the boundless curiosity that comes with the discovery of new work, this series highlights four composers on each panel on June 23 and July 7, whose pieces have been recently premiered, or will soon premiere, as part of the program. Get to know each artist, hear recordings of their music, and catch an inside look into the relationships they’ve built with the orchestras that will premiere their works.
Featured composers, works, orchestras, and moderators are included below.
July 7, 2021
Melissa Ngan, President & CEO, American Composers Orchestra
Meghan Martineau, Vice President, Artistic Planning, Los Angeles Philharmonic
Composers, Works & Partner Orchestras
Julia Adolphe, Underneath the Sheen, New York Philharmonic
Cindy Cox, Transfigurations of Grief, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Stacy Garrop, The Battle for the Ballot, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Niloufar Iravani, The Seven Valleys, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra"~Facebook post by American Composers Orchestra