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Bridges Composition Competition

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of RSMI, Ravinia is pleased to announce Bridges: An International Jazz and Classical Fusion Composition Competition. This fusion of jazz and classical music and will exhibit works for strings and jazz trio written by young artists, awarding winners the David Baker Prize—named for the late jazz great who served as the first director of the RSMI Jazz Program. Bridges is an exciting venture into the fusion of jazz and classical music and will exhibit works for strings and jazz trio written by young artists, awarding winners the David Baker Prize—named for the late jazz great who served as the first director of the RSMI Jazz Program.

Submissions will be judged by a blind jury comprising the directors of RSMI’s Program for Jazz: Grammy award–winning pianist Billy Childs, saxophonist Nathan Davis, and bassist Rufus Reid. Bridges winners will have their compositions performed in Ravinia’s prestigious Martin Theatre during a concert on Saturday, June 9, at 8:30 p.m.

Up to three competition winners will be selected, and each will be awarded a prize of $2,500. Entrants must be between ages 18 and 30 and must submit a new piece written for string quartet and jazz rhythm section at a length of 10 minutes. Submissions must include the full score and all instrument parts and will be accepted between November 1, 2017, and February 1, 2018. Complete instructions can be found here. If there are no submissions that meet the application or judges’ requirements, there will be no winners.

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