ORCHESTRA PIECE BY WASCHKA PREMIERED AT EUROPEAN FESTIVAL
A new piece for orchestra composed by Dr.
Rodney Waschka II was given its premiere performance at the 17th
International Review of Composers in Belgrade. The Radio Television Symphony
Orchestra of Serbia performed Waschka's piece, Belgrade Overture, in the Kolarac Foundation Hall on
November 22, 2008. Bojan Sudjic, the Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of this
national symphony, conducted the performance.
The International Review of Composers featured artists from around the world. Works by composers from throughout Europe, and as far away as Argentina, Japan, and Taiwan were performed. In addition to the piece by Waschka, concert works by Sir Harrison Birtwistle (UK), Chick Corea (USA), and Mauricio Kagel (Germany), among others, were presented at the festival, which ran from November 19th through the 23rd.
Waschka is internationally known for his computer music compositions and his operas. His works, many for traditional ensembles such as string quartet, piano duo, and symphonic concert band among others, have been performed throughout Europe and the United States, in South America, and Asia. His music is recorded and distributed worldwide on record labels in the USA, Canada, and Portugal and many of his works are published by Borik Press. Waschka teaches at North Carolina State University.