Honored to receive a Wexner Center commission to premiere a new work in the fall of 2016 for"Shawnee, Ohio." Funded through the NEA Art Works grant!
Here is an excerpt from the announcement from the Wexner Center:
"The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced grants to organizations across the country this week, including a $25,000 Art Works grant to the Wexner Center to support creative residencies in visual and performing arts, as well as a the commission of a new work of music:
A composition by Columbus composer/musician Brian Harnetty titled Shawnee, Ohio, an electro-acoustical work using audio from archives from the Appalachian town of Shawnee. The commissioned work will premiere at the Wexner Center on October 28, 2016 and explores the region’s history in coal mining and organized labor as well as its fracking boom today. Harnetty will hold discussions with audiences and high-school students, and will engage with Ohio State students studying Appalachia, environmental issues, and musical composition. He will also perform his work in a historic theater in Shawnee, as well as in Cleveland and Cincinnati. Harnetty’s record label, Dust-to-Digital, will also release Shawnee, Ohio as an album and accompanying book."