I've been sitting on this news until I was completely sure it was actually happening.
I have been commissioned to write a short symphonic work that will be performed at the Kennedy Center on the afternoon of July 8. The concert will include the DC Youth Orchestra with current members and alumni and is to honor the founder and music director Lyn McLain who recently retired. My work is being written as a dedication to him.
I played for several years in the orchestra, and Mr. McLain was my personal chaperon when I attended the International Children's Music Festival in Sofia in 1980. He also allowed me to perform my first symphony with the orchestra earlier that year.
The concert is FREE, but you must acquire tickets. I don't think they're available to the public quite yet, but it looks like the page to get them will be here: http://www.kennedycenter.com/calenda...nt&event=RHXCD
Edit 5/18 -
MP3 and score are now available here: http://allhands.com/dcyo/
FREE tickets -- contact:
Website address: www.dcyop.org