RYAN WHITTIER

MUSIC COMPOSER

University of Washington

by Ryan Whittier on October 22, 2016, no comments

uw-beboundlessThe University of Washington commissioned Ryan to create a triumphant opening score for their major live multimedia event, TOGETHER, which was held in a packed Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion at the Seattle campus on October 21, 2016.  Ryan’s score celebrates the inspiring pioneering spirit of the Pacific Northwest, and specifically the myriad achievements by past and present individuals at the University of Washington.  These achievements include: the historic men’s 8-man rowing gold medal at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (the exciting story of which is told in Daniel Brown’s book The Boys in the Boat), numerous Nobel Prizes, and the inventions of color television, vinyl, ceramic tiles for the space shuttle, the Hepatitis B vaccine, long-term dialysis, Doppler ultrasound, synthetic rubber, and many others.