CSUSB Chamber WindsOn Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at 7:30pm, the performing ensemble Chamber Winds
at California State University-San Bernardino, under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Boeckman, will perform Empirical Rag for wind octet, by Brian Fennelly. This inventive work (oboes, clarinets, horns, bassoons, plus opt. contrabassoon) was originally written for the Empire Brass Quintet, and it's title refers to the ensemble's name and to the nature of the piece, which brings a contrapuntal motivic approach to the ragtime idiom. There are at least ten other versions of this work for various instrument combinations, including full orchestra (recorded on New World Records). The octet version was composed for Steve Richman, who premiered it with the Harmonie Ensemble in New York.
Saxophone Quartet by David Froom, to be performed by the Manhattan Saxophone
Ensemble on Saturday, January 8, 2011, 34th International Saxophone Symposium,
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, and on Thursday, February 3, 2011, Mayo Concert Hall, The College of New
Jersey, Ewing, NJ.
String Quartet No. 1 by Thomas L. Read, String Quartet No. 6 by Arnold Rosner, and The Light Summer Land, by Kyle Gann, will be performed on Friday, January 14, 2011, at 8:30pm at the Memorial Church at Harvard University. Performing will be Ethan Wood and Megumi Stohs, violins, Sarah Darling, viola, and Josh PackaThomas L. Readrd, cello. Free Admission.Arnold Rosner
Elliott Schwartz, 2008"Diamond Jubilee"
by Elliott Schwartz, a PSO commission, will be performed by the Portland Symphony Orchestra (Maine), conducted by Robert
Moody. Merrill Auditorium, Portland, on Tuesday, January 25th at 7:30 pm. The piece is a retrospective look back the past 75 years (from 1936 to the present). The concert takes place one week followign the composer's 75th birthday.The performance
includes projections of visual images and the use of electronics. Happy Birthday Elliiott!
University of Maryland's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center presented co-commissions from Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, Paul Dresher, Daniel Kelly, and others, as well as performances by Kronos Quartet and Joshua Redman. The center was also cited for its Creative Dialogues series with artists and scholars, its pre and post performance activities, artist residencies, and "You're the Critic" e-surveys. Chamber Music America and ASCAP will honor the Cetner, along with seven other organizations, at the Chamber Music America National Conference in January, 2011. Frances Richard, ASCAP's vice president and director of concert music, will present the awards, given for sistinctive programming of music composed in the past 25 years, and for originality in presenting new music to audiences. The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland is a vibrant community of
artists, students and audiences, where great work happens both on- and
offstage. It presents approximately 1,000 events each year spanning all
performing arts disciplines.
Miriam Gideon, composerOn February 23, 2010, the Abby Whiteside Foundation presents a recital of piano music by Vivian Fine, Miriam Gideon, and Louise Talma, at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. All three composers were friends and associates of Foundation President Sophia Rosoff. Fine, Gideon, and Talma were frequently played during their long lifetimes. Few other American women composers garnered as many awards or made as many recordings. Yet in the 21st century their music is seldom heard except by specialists. It's a shame, for their art is full of high craft and vivid invention.Performers:Jeffrey Farrington, piano
Ethan Iverson, piano
Gregg Kallor, piano
John Kamitsuka, piano
Hiroko Sasaki, piano
Jeremy Siskind, piano
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall$35 ($15 students/seniors)Program, Program Notes, Performer bios here.
Fall 2010 IssueA new issue of New Music Connoisseur has arrived, partly online here, and in a beautiful print edition. On the Cover: Cage Variations (Noise), digitally-altered (prepared) photograph, by David Alexander
"The new music group Sequitur has released a CD of Concertos that offer reassurance, if not absolute proof, that the modern Concerto (as an art-form) is alive and well [Albany Records (2010) TROY 1181]. The CD includes fine works by Ross Bauer, Steven Burke, and Martin Matalon. All three are composers of exceptional talent and formidable skill, but the piece that stands out in my mind is Thin Ice by Ross Bauer. Bauer's piece is a Concerto for cello and chamber orchestra. The work is elegant, precise, and razor-sharp in its execution of logical and dramatic form. Thin Ice draws me in, seducing me to listen to what the soloist and orchestra have to say. It's not a "one idea" work, but rather an extended multi-leveled narrative with an internal dialogue that promotes thought, excitement, and repeated visits to the CD player.
Eliesha Nelson's CD of the complete viola works by composer Quincy Porter was nominated for Grammy awards in three categories: Best engineered classical album, Classical Producer of the Year, and Best solo instrumental performance with orchestra, for the track "Concerto for Viola and Orchestra" performed by Eliesha Nelson with Northwest Sinfonia. The CD features three chamber works published by ACA: Blues Lointains, Speed Etude, and Poem for Viola and Piano, performed on the CD by Miss Nelson and John McLaughlin Williams. CD listening, download and purchase, available at Amazon.
Quincy Porter (1897-1966) was a descendant of early American pioneers with deep
New England roots.
T.J. AndersonThe world premiere of TJ Anderson's IN FRONT OF MY EYES, an 8-part tribute to the life of President Obama, was presented November 13 in Memorial Hall at UNC Chapel Hill. "The music is remarkably effective in merging spirituals with modern
art music...performed by a remarkable artist with flawless diction (Louise Toppin)..." (Review by John W. Lambert). Other works by Schoenberg, Allen Anderson, and Stephen Litwin, also featured the university's all-star choirs and symphony orchestra.