Scheduled performances of ACA works include Beth Weimann's The Only Color I Have for soprano, mezzo soprano, and flute/piccolo; Brian Bevelander's Songs of Evocation, for mezzo soprano and piano; Brian Fennelly's Sukhi! for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano; and Richard Brooks's Sweet Betsy, a fantasy on an American folksong, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano; as well as the posthumous world premiere of a work by longtime ACA member Lukas Foss, Elegy for clarinet and orchestra (1949).
The Festival will feature Grammy Award-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, Portsmouth indie rock icons Tan Vampires, the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra, soul music from Qwill and the Dejas, cellist Ovidiu Marinescu, and much more, including multiple world premieres, a Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) conference, and "more than one genre-bending experiment" according to Parma CEO, Bob Lord.
The festival is being produced by PARMA Recordings and Classical Music by the Sea, in collaboration with Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC), Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra (PSO), the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI), Boston New Music Initiative (BNMI), The Music Hall, Great Bay Academy of Dance (GBAD), Classical NH, and New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR).
All events are free of charge except for the Main Event at The Music Hall. Tickets for the Saturday August 17 Main Event are $10 and can be purchased at The Music Hall Box Office at 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, by phone at 603-436-2400 or on line at www.themusichall.org.
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