Seattle Symphony concert cancelled for local composer

The Seattle Symphony performance scheduled for tonight that features a Bainbridge High School student has been postponed due to concerns surrounding the May Day protests.

Webster Gadbois, a 15-year-old sophomore, is one of 10 teen composers whose work was chosen for "Young Composers: A Concert of World Premieres." Gadbois was selected to be featured as part of a night celebrating local up-and-coming composers.

The performance was scheduled to take place May 1, the day also selected by activists groups such as Occupy Seattle and El Comite to carry out protest demonstrations.

While both groups have publicly stated that their demonstrations will be peaceful, city of Seattle officials have expressed concerns that other groups may travel to Seattle with less than honorable intentions.

Seattle has warned residents and visitors that some groups intend to "commit violence, damage property and disrupt peaceful free speech activity."

The Seattle Symphony has postponed tonight's performance and informed all the young composers of the cancelation.

The symphony is currently working to schedule another date for the performance.


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