Celebrating Dartmouth's Sense of Place With a New Symphony

Composer Oliver Caplan ’04 is culling inspiration for the piece from the Dartmouth community.

Read the full story, published by the Hopkins Center for the Arts.

As part of the college’s celebration of its 250th anniversary, the Hopkins Center for the Arts has commissioned award-winning composer Oliver Caplan ’04 to write a major symphony for wind instruments that will span four movements, each inspired by a beloved Dartmouth place. The Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble will premiere the new work this fall.

Caplan is reaching out to Dartmouth students, alumni, faculty and staff to hear about what Dartmouth means to each of them and to collect suggestions for places to include in the piece, via an online form.

Caplan’s music has been heard many times at the College, starting with multiple performances while he was an undergraduate. In 2012, he was commissioned by the Handel Society of Dartmouth College to write a piece (Roots and Wings) in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Hopkins Center. In 2017, he was commissioned by a 12-institution consortium, including the Wind Ensemble, to compose a piece (Krummholz Variations).