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Heartland Symphony Orchestra announces Composers' Competition winner

The Heartland Symphony Orchestra (HSO) announces Kenyan Wilson as the winner of HSO’s 2014 Composers’ Competition.

Wilson is the associate professor of low brass and music theory at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and principal tubist with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra in Alabama. He has served on the faculty of Central Michigan University, Valdosta State University in Georgia, and the Baku Music

Academy in Azerbaijan as a Lecturing Fulbright Scholar.

HSO revived the Composers’ Competition this year and accepted submissions from composers outside of the central Minnesota regional area. HSO received submissions from New Zealand, South Africa, Germany, Australia and the United States.

Wilson’s composition, “Subterfuge,” received the top honor for its clear sense of direction, harmony, structure and rhythm. All parts are idiomatic and every player’s or section’s part is equally involved and important in bringing the piece to life.

“Subterfuge” will receive its premiere performance by the HSO at its spring concert series, “Around the World with the HSO,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Charles Martin Auditorium in Little Falls, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.

Tickets are available at and through the following ticket vendors: in Little Falls at Great River Arts and Little Falls Radio; in Brainerd at the Brainerd Dispatch and Bridge of Harmony. Tickets are also available at the door for all HSO concerts. Concert ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and free for all youth through high school age.

For more information, call the HSO office at 800-826-1997 or visit

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, and a grant from the Laura Jane Musser Fund.

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