Locklair’s Musical Snapshots

Did you know: 1913 was the year of “The Golden Hyphen?” That’s the year that the North Carolina towns of Winston and Salem incorporated and became the “City of the Arts and Innovation.” beginning its long tradition of visionary industry and love of the arts. To mark its 2013 Centennial Celebration, the City of Winston-Salem […] Read more »

Lee’s Engrossing Music

On March 21, the St. Olaf Band gives the world premiere of James Lee III’s new band work Ancient Words, Current Realities!, conducted by Timothy Mahr. The premiere will be featured at the 2013 College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) annual conference at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Commissioned by St. Olaf College […] Read more »

Moravec’s “Blizzard Voices” at Carnegie Hall

RESCHEDULED — NEW DATE: March 5, 2013. On March 5, 2013, Paul Moravec’s choral work The Blizzard Voices receives its New York premiere when Kent Tritle conducts The Oratorio Society of New York in its “American Voices” concert at Carnegie Hall. Originally scheduled in November 2012 for the ensemble’s season-opening performance, the concert was postponed […] Read more »

Sierra’s Metallic Mambo

How would you tell a musical story in six minutes? On February 8, Roberto Sierra tells his newest story by way of Latin dance, when Mark Scatterday leads the Eastman Wind Ensemble in the world premiere of Mambo metálico. Commissioned by the ensemble, the six-minute work is scored for brass, percussion, and piano. “The mambo […] Read more »

Locklair’s Gorgeous “Hues”

Dan Locklair

“Dan Locklair’s Hues (for Orchestra) is just gorgeous and a lot of fun to play.” Amanda Preston, violist of the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra (and Music Department Production and Promotion Assistant), gives a glimpse into rehearsals for the school’s upcoming February 21 concert. Music director Tara Villa conducts the three-movement, 12-minute work. Preston continues, “Hues is […] Read more »

Sierra’s Christmas in the Mountains

  On December 13 and 14, soprano Heidi Grant Murphy joins Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony for the world premiere of Roberto Sierra’s Navidad en la montaña (Christmas in the Mountains). Written as a cantata for solo voice and orchestra, the 30-minute, 8-movement work features texts by Virginia Sierra, and was written for Murphy […] Read more »

Nancy Galbraith: “Sparkling” and Full of Life

“Nancy Galbraith’s Effervescent Air is a piece that has her musical signature all over it: exciting and full of life.” Pianist Luz Manriquez introduces the composer’s new chamber work for amplified Baroque flute and amplified piano, with accompanying strings and two percussion players. The three-movement, 15-minute piece premieres on November 18th in Pittsburgh, as Manriquez […] Read more »

Edward Knight: “Seven” Days and Moons

“….The sky became black as all the magpies and crows on earth flew off toward the Silvery River. With their wings spread wide, the birds formed a bridge across the river. When Kyonu and Chiknyo realized what the birds had done, they stopped crying and rushed to each other across the feathery bridge. They held […] Read more »

“First” Thoughts about Roberto Sierra

“When Chatter considered presenting a special concert in celebration of the statehood of New Mexico, Roberto Sierra was the first thought of everyone around the table!” And so, Pamela Michaelis of Chatter 20-21 Ensemble (and president of Ensemble Music New Mexico) introduces us to Sierra’s newest chamber work Caprichos. Scored for Pierrot ensemble (flute, clarinet, […] Read more »