Fraser River along Alaska HighwayThe World Premiere of Judith Lang Zaimont’s The River, from her Pure, Cool (Water) will be presented by The Missouri Symphony Orchestra, Kirk Trevor, Music Director and Conductor, on Saturday. July 12 – 7:30 PM at the Missouri Theater, 203 South 9th Street in Columbia, Missouri. This will be part of their Orchestral Fireworks concert.

The River was composed in 2012-2013 and is another in a long line of Zaimont pieces for various forces which celebrate the wonders of the natural world.  The 13-minute tone poem is for full orchestra and features some novel touches of coloration, such as a tuned crystal bell in G capping its quiet close. The work’s motto is drawn from the word “water”, expressed as a rising or falling small interval or a single pitch repeated in that rhythm,  and heard in the very first notes in the basses (where the current begins) supporting the opening trombone  melody.  Flowing music surrounds an up-tempo scherzo mid-section, all in a constant current periodically welling up and then subsiding in unending cycle.

The River also serves as the first of five movements comprising an entire hour-long symphony – Pure, Cool (Water) – exploring the varieties of water in its several naturally-occurring states. This symphony, the composer’s fourth, was commissioned retrospectively by The Sorel Organization as part of honoring Ms. Zaimont with its 2014 Commissioned Composer  award.

Also on the program are Debussy’s La Mer, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in e minor, with soloist Erin Schreiber and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol.

Tickets are $11.50 to $28 and may be purchased by calling 573-882-3781 or by visiting

Internationally known conductor, recording artist and teacher Kirk Trevor is a regular guest conductor in the world’s concert halls. Maestro Trevor became Music Director of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra in 2000. Much more about him at

JZPhoto213Judith Lang Zaimont is internationally recognized for her music’s distinctive style, characterized by emotion, expressive strength and dynamism. In both orchestral and choral works, her creation of inventive and widely varied colors and textures is repeatedly cited. A 2003 Aaron Copland Award winner and 2012 winner of Tempus Continuum and Third Millennium ensemble prize and an American Prize in Orchestral Composition, she has enjoyed a distinguished career as composer of over 120 works with performances by the Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Berlin and Czech Radio symphonies, Camerata Bern and the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra. Her principal publishers are Subito Music (, Galaxy/ ECS, Jeanné, Lauren Keiser Music Publishing and Vivace. She is creator and editor-in-chief of the critically acclaimed book series The Musical Woman: An International Perspective. More information about Ms. Zaimont, including sound clips of many of her compositions, is available at


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