Selections from the six cello suites by Johann Sebastian Bach (BWV 1007-1012, #4, #5, #3, #1, #6, #2) arranged by Rudolf Haken for viola pomposa
Chaconne from Partita #2, by Johann Sebastian Bach Selections from Suite in a Minor for Solo Viola by Rudolf Haken “Elegy” by Igor Stravinsky “Suite pour Jean” by Rudolf Haken “Magyar Rondo” by Matthew Davidson
Rudolf Haken, violist and composer, performs on his five-string viola pomposa built by Portland, OR, resident David Rivinus.
Classical music writer and radio host Walter Carroll announces New England Public Radio (NEPR.net) will be wishing a happy birthday (87th) to Amherst emeritus composer Dr. Frederick C. Tillis on Thursday afternoon, January 5th, with a performance of Tillis' Niger Symphony (at about 2:55pm EST) and Motherless Child - Spiritual Fantasy No. 1 (at about 3:13pm). Click on Nepr.net - classical and see the online radio listening link at the top of the page.
Portraits of Women is a brand new recording release that represents an expansion of soprano duet repertoire. Each work, by 12 different composers, emphasizes the contributions of women in our society who have embraced their true value and calling, and have dared to change their world. This project involves historical characters, including women from the Bible, as well as fictional characters that represent issues common among women throughout the ages.
"But Who Prays" with text by Mark Twain - excerpt:
Ensemble U:, the most renowned Estonian contemporary music ensemble, will present some of the very best Estonian chamber music of recent years – some of it written by American composers. The concert features the NYC premiere of Scott L. Miller's "Raba" and Heather Stebbins' "And Drift;" both have stayed in Estonia on Fulbright Scolarship and the influence of Estonian nature and Nordic light is clearly present in their pieces performed in this program.
The Death of Webern, a new opera by Michael Dellaira, was named "one of the 5 best new works of 2016" by Opera News (January 2017 issue). The work was recorded at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami for Albany Records. The cast: Kevin Short; Eric McConnell; Chris O'Connor; Tony Boutté Zaray Rodriguez; Mia Rojas; Ana Collado; Adam Cahill; Mario Almonte; Jeffrey Williams; Maria Fenty Denison; Carl DuPont; Esther Jane Hardenbergh; Frost School of Music Chamber Orchestra; Alan Johnson, conductor.
World champion accordionist Alex Sevastian and clarinetistJulian Milkis performedRay Luedeke'sSerenityon November 25 on the Les Amis concert series in Cobourg, Ontario. In January they will perform the piece again, in St. Peterburg, Russia. Then, on March 10, they will be in New York City to perform Serenity at Symphony Space. Included in the New York program will be Tango Dreamsfor string trio and accordion, also by Ray Luedeke, as well as music by famed Georgian composer Giya Kanceli (Miniatures for clarinet and bayan).
Three-act opera by composer/pianist Scott Joplin, with orchestrations by T. J. Anderson. School performances:Tuesday February 28 - Friday March 3, 2017 Thomas Jefferson School, Arlington VA; Public performance: Saturday March 4, 2017
Robert Carl's new work "What's Underfoot" for 17 players - Wednesday, Dec. 7th at 7:30 PM, Lincoln Theater, University of Hartford, by Foot in the Door conducted by Edward Cumming. Live stream during concert here.