URBANA — The Urbana High School Orchestra will perform the Champaign-Urbana premiere of local composer Brian Coulter's Symphony No. 1 for String Orchestra, First Movement, at 7 p.m. Monday at the school, 1002 S. Race St.
The orchestra's director, Tamra Gingold, invited Coulter to have the Champaign-Urbana premiere of his piece performed by the orchestra. The concert is free to the public and will be in the high school's newly renovated auditorium.
Three school ensembles will be featured: the symphonic orchestra, the chamber orchestra and the rock band.
Coulter wrote the first movement of his symphony during his freshman year at Macomb High School after his orchestra director discovered Coulter wrote music. He commissioned it for that school's orchestra.
Coulter cast the first movement in a modified sonata-allegro form and wrote it for an ensemble consisting of first and second violins, viola, cello and bass.
Coulter has taught composition, piano and violin at the Champaign School of Music since 2009. One of his students, Tristan Belleville, recently premiered his own piece at the Champaign School of Music 2012 Holiday Concert.
The Champaign School of Music was founded by Holly Kennedy in 2003 to encourage students of all ages to discover, develop and enjoy their musical abilities through creative music making in a happy, positive and culturally diverse setting. For more information about the school, call 359-0541 or visit http://www.champaignschoolofmusic.org .