Fountain back home after European appearances

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Chicago composer Primous Fountain is back from Eastern Europe where his “Symphony No. 2” debuted this summer at the Lugansk Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Miran Vaupotic.

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Chicago composer Primous Fountain is back from Eastern Europe where his “Symphony No. 2” debuted this summer at the Lugansk Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Miran Vaupotic.

The performance was a 25-minute version of the full 50-minute second symphony that was commissioned by Quincy Jones.

Fountain earned critical acclaim as one of the United States’ youngest and significant composers, and received many commissions from Milwaukee Symphony, Frankurt Ballet, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Paderweski Foundation, “Ritual Dances of the Amaks” Fromm Music Foundation, the Concerto for Cello and Orchestra commissioned by Anthony Elliott and the Minnesota Orchestra and Quincy Jones.

He spoke with the Defender about his journey and what’s next.

Chicago Defender: How did it all begin for you?

Primous Fountain: I started composing music the beginning of my first year high school, at Wendell Phillips. I am self-taught. My career started right then. I have been composing every since then. Shortly after leaving high school, with a good amount of scores composed, Quincy Jones became my patron for a few years, before any of my music had been performed.

CD: Are you staying stateside long or will you be heading back overseas?

PF: An Eastern European Tour consisting exclusively devoted to my Five Symphonies and other orchestral music has been arranged for this season, performed by 10 leading orchestras in Russia and Eastern Europe. This is a unique and historical tour. It is necessary I raised the funds to secure the tour.

An online fundraiser for Fountain has been set up to run between Nov. 10 and Dec. 9. For

more information visit http://www.kickstarter.com

The orchestras have committed themselves. As a part of a way to raise fund I am having a fundraiser online starting November 10 through December 9 at http://www.Kickstarter.com.

Eastern European Tour stops

*Moscow State Symphon Orchestra Moscow, Russia

*State Symphonic Orchestra of the Belarusian Radio Minsk, Belarus

*Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra Sofia, Bulgaria

*Dnepropetrovsk Philharmonic Orchestra Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine

*Orchestra of the Opera and Ballet Theater Oleg Danovski Constanta, Romania

*Brno Philharmonic Orchestra Brno, Czech Republic

*Chamber Orchestra Kremlin Moscow, Russia

*Zagreb Symphony Orchestra Zagreb, Croatia

*Philharmonie St. Petersburg Frankfurt, Germany

*North Hungarian Symphony Orchestra Miskolc, Hungary

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