Composition by Kevin Day ’19 to be performed at FWSO July 4th concert


Composer Kevin Day ’19 will have his composition Lightspeed (Fanfare for Orchestra) performed by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra on July 4.

Composer and TCU School of Music alumnus Kevin Day ’19 will be featured at the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s (FWSO) 2021 America Strong concert at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth on July 4 at 7 p.m. The orchestra will perform Lightspeed (Fanfare for Orchestra), which Day wrote in 2019.

Day started composing at age 12, learning how to write music by watching YouTube videos. He is a lifelong musician; his father, a former hip-hop producer and DJ, and his mother, a gospel vocalist, brought him along as a child to music rehearsals at the church where they served as ministers. His dad taught him how to record tracks with production software while his mom taught him piano. As a teenager, he was in the concert band and choir.

After graduating from TCU with a Bachelor of Music in tuba/euphonium performance, Day earned a Master of Music in music composition at the University of Georgia. He quickly has emerged as one of the leading young voices in today’s world of music composition, even earning the prestigious BMI Student Composer Award. His music has been “characterized by propulsive, syncopated rhythms, colorful orchestration, and instrumental virtuosity,” (Robert Kirzinger, Boston Symphony Orchestra).

The FWSO’s one-night-only performance on July 4 will feature more than 60 minutes of music and be broadcast on WFAA. Miguel Harth-Bedoya will return to conduct, and the evening will end with a fireworks show outside of Dickies Arena.

For more information, visit the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra website.