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Ofer Ben-Amots' Composition Receives National Award

Music Professor Ofer Ben-Amots’ composition “From Darkness to Light” took second place in The American Prize national composers contest in the professional orchestra division. “From Darkness to Light,” a concertino for clarinet, mandolin, and chamber orchestra, and was performed in January at “A Journey of the Human Spirit,” a landmark collaboration in Denver that featured five of Colorado’s leading arts and cultural organizations.

Ofer Ben-Amots' Composition Receives National Award

Music Professor Ofer Ben-Amots’ composition “From Darkness to Light” took second place in The American Prize national composers contest in the professional orchestra division. “From Darkness to Light,” a concertino for clarinet, mandolin, and chamber orchestra, and was performed in January at “A Journey of the Human Spirit,” a landmark collaboration in Denver that featured five of Colorado’s leading arts and cultural organizations.

In announcing the award, The American Prize noted thatBen-Amots’ works have been repeatedly recognized for their emotional and highly personal expression. The interweaving of folk elements with contemporary textures, along with his unique, imaginative orchestration, creates the haunting dynamic tension that permeates and defines his musical language.”

The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit national competitions in the performing arts and provides national and international recognition for the best recorded performances by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States. Administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Danbury, Conn., The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually.