Stella Sung’s latest piece is special. Not only because it evokes her passion for music, but because many of the area’s best young musicians will have a chance to perform its world premiere this weekend.
The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra commissioned UCF Music Professor and internationally award-winning composer Sung to create a piece for its 54th season finale concert and silent auction on Sunday, May 15.
LocoMotion’s performance debut is scheduled at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center. The concert begins at 4 p.m., and tickets – which range from $8 to $30 – can be purchased at www.fsyo.org or by calling 407-999-7800.
The finale concert is the culmination of a season of learning and hard work by the four youth orchestras and beginning strings program.
Sung, who is also the director of UCF’s Center for Research and Education in Arts, Technology, and Entertainment (CREATE), works with many local youngsters on ways to express themselves through music and art, incorporating computers and other technology. Since 2003, she has been using digital and multi-media applications in her concert and symphonic compositions as well as in music for dance and ballet.
Sung is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2007-2010 Phi Kappa Phi National Artists Award, as well as a 2009-10 “Meet the Composer” award. She is a two-time winner of a Florida Individual Artists Fellowship, sponsored by the Division of Cultural Affairs for the State of Florida, as well as the 2005 recipient of a Florida Artists Enhancement award.
She has been named the Composer-in-Residence for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and Dance Alive National Ballet in Gainesville.
Sung is a digital media faculty member in UCF’s School of Visual Arts and Design. For more on her work, visit www.stellasung.com.