Mizzou music students will have their works performed by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

At 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, three University of Missouri School of Music students will have their compositions performed by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra at the Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis.

Seda Balci, Giovanni Porfirio, and Mahbod Shrivani were selected to participate in an annual composer’s workshop which is a collaboration between the SLSO and the Mizzou New Music Initiative. The program is funded by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.

The April 30 performance is the culmination of a process that began last fall in which composers’ early drafts were critiqued by conductor Chia-Hsuan Lin and SLSO associate librarian Henry Skolnick, and members of the orchestra. Final drafts were turned in on March 19.  The students will participate in a talkback session and rehearsal prior to the 8 p.m. concert.

Balci hails from Turkey and is a first-year master’s student. Her piece is titled “Cordis Pulsum.” Porfirio, also a first-year master’s student, is from Brazil and titled his work “Melodias Silenciadas.” Shirvani is a second-year master’s student from Iran. His piece is titled “Asthenia Lullaby.”

“This year’s group of Mizzou student composers is unique since all three are graduate students and international students,” said MNMI Artistic Director Stefan Freund. “I’m looking forward to hearing the orchestra interpret the incredibly diverse voices in the music.”

Graduate Composition Students Mahbod Shirvani and Seda Balci