Tomorrow night the Minnesota Orchestra will perform six works by young talents deemed to be “future classics.”
One of those works is Rhythm: Theta Beta Theta by 20-year-old Michael Holloway.
Holloway, a native of Illinois, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in composition at the McNally Smith College of Music in downtown St. Paul. He’s among the youngest ever chosen for this event, and was chosen from a nationwide seletion process.
In addition to having his work performed by a professional orchestra, Holloway, along with the five other selected composers, has been taking part in the Minnesota Orchestra’s week-long professional training program.
So what does Holloway think of this opportunity?
As a composer you spend many months alone with a pencil and paper working on a piece of this length and the unfortunate reality is that you may never hear your work realized in its entirety. I am fortunate that I have The Minnesota Orchestra to finish this piece with me and give it a world premiere.
Holloway’s chosen piece, Rhythm: Theta Beta Theta, was inspired by different types of brainwaves. Another recent work, Cantor, explores the mathematical theorems of Georg Cantor with a string quartet.
The Minnesota Orchestra’s 11th annual Composer Institute is directed by composer Aaron Jay Kernis. 153 candidates applied.