JEFFREY NYTCH Symphony No. 1 (“Formations“) WORLD PREMIERE
The Geological Society of America and the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra co-commissioned the Symphony No. 1, "Formations," in celebration of the GSA's 125th anniversary. This new symphonic work by composer Jeffrey Nytch, director of the Entrepreneurship Center for Music at the University of Colorado at Boulder, was made possible through generous support by ExxonMobil.
Nytch holds a geology degree from Franklin & Marshall College and counts geology as a passion second only to his musical career. His work in four movements is inspired by the impressive geology of the Rocky Mountain region.
Listen to the "Formations" Symphony in full below, recorded live by the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra at Macky Auditorium on the University of Colorado campus on September 8, 2013:
1st movement - "Orogenies" or "mountain building," musically depicts the upheaval and birth of western North America’s crust, seen today in such places as Royal Gorge.
Musical Geology Hike: Symphony in Stone
Sat., April 12, 2014, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
Listen to Jeff's interview on Colorado Public Radio's Colorado Matters, Dec. 23, 2013
Read an interview with Jeff Nytch, "Composer of Deep Time," published in Nature Magazine
Audio interview with Michael Butterman on KGNU's 'A Classic Monday' by Ron Nadel:
This work was funded in part by the Composer Assistance Program of New Music USA.
Saturday, September 7, 2013—7:30 PM
Sunday, September 8, 2013—7 PM
Tuesday, October 29, 2013—7 PM
Friday, April 4, 2014—7:30 PM
Saturday, November 8, 2014—7:30 PM
Others to be Announced
Original artwork by iconic Boulder artist
Steve Lowtwait depicting the
four movements of the
Jeffrey Nytch, composer
Jeffrey Nytch has built a diverse career as a composer, teacher, performer, arts administrator, and consultant. He has also run a small business, co-founded a non-profit service organization in Houston, performed a wide range of repertoire as a vocalist, and served five years as Managing Director of The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, one of the nation’s premiere new music ensembles. In 2009 he joined the faculty of The University of Colorado-Boulder, where he serves as Director of The Entrepreneurship Center for Music. He earned his Bachelors degree from Franklin & Marshall College and Masters and Doctoral degrees from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Since then, his compositions have been performed throughout the United States and Europe by many major artists, and he has released several recordings on the MMC and Koch International Labels. In addition to teaching, composing and performing, he maintains a career as an organizational and programming consultant to music schools and arts groups.