Betty Wheeler | Seaview Avenue
Good news on the culture front: Del Mar native Jordan Kuspa, an internationally-recognized emerging composer, is launching a new event that promises to bring some of the best contemporary classical music from around the world to Del Mar in August. The Del Mar International Composers Symposium (DMICS) will be a week-long event (Aug. 6-10) featuring six diverse composers, with the Hausmann Quartet serving as the Ensemble-in-Residence. DMICS’s focus is the sharing of new musical ideas among the composers, performers, and the community. In addition to week-long collaborative work between the composers and performers, the Symposium will feature open rehearsals and panel discussions (free to the public), and a final premieres concert on Saturday, August 10, at St. Peter’s Parish Hall, presenting performances of the composers’ works. The Del Mar Foundation is serving as fiscal sponsor for the inaugural year of DMICS, and is providing a grant to underwrite the Housmann Quartet’s participation.
Kuspa has returned to Del Mar after earning a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Yale School of Music and serving on the faculty of Richland College in Dallas (2012-2017) where he taught composition, music theory, and cello, and directed the Richland String Orchestra. The New York Times has described his music as “animated and melodically opulent” and “consistently alive and inspired.” Learn more about Kuspa and hear some of his compositions here: jordankuspa.net. For more information about DMICS: delmarcomposers.org.