Moravec “Upsparkles” in Texas

  From October 16 – 20, the 2012 San Antonio International Piano Competition hosts the first performances of Paul Moravec’s new piano work Upsparkles. Upsparkles is a five-minute piece which was commissioned by the competition, and serves as this year’s featured new work that will be performed by the contestants. Moravec notes that Upsparkles was inspired […] Read more »

Primiani’s 14 Day Challenge

UPDATE: After the Left Coast Chamber Players fall 2012 premiere of Leanna Primiani’s Holy Order: Shaker Dances, the work won the West-Coast division of the Rapido!® A 14-Day Composition Contest. On January 21, 2013, the work was performed by the Atlanta Chamber Players in the concert finals and received the “Audience Favorite” Award.   If you […] Read more »

Galbraith’s Melodic and Nostalgic Side

Nancy Galbraith has enjoyed a long career at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music in Pittsburgh, PA. This fall, she celebrates the school’s centennial with the premiere of her new piece Euphonic Blues. Galbraith-colleague Ronald Zollman conducts the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic Orchestra in the work’s first performance on September 16. “[When I was working on] […] Read more »

DBR’s “Club Dance”: Music is a Living Art

Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) begins his 2012-13 season with a new project—“The Collide,” created in collaboration with North Carolina-native singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett. Sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council’s Connecting Crossroads inNorth Carolina project, “The Collide” is a multi-partner commission that included a two-year residency dedicated to creating new works based on studying the uniqueness […] Read more »

Locklair’s Gorgeous Harmonies

On September 9, Dan Locklair’s From the rising of the sun… receives its world premiere in Atlanta at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church (UMC). The six-minute work for brass quartet, percussion, and organ was commissioned by the church to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its large sanctuary which houses two unique and extraordinary organs built […] Read more »

Primiani’s Evocative New Piece

You know the saying: “when in Vegas….”  Well, there’s a Leanna Primiani premiere in Las Vegas, and we’re talking! On August 9th, Primiani’s new flute piece The Black Swan premieres at the 2012 National Flute Association Convention (NFA). A flutist herself, Primiani was commissioned by the NFA for its annual High School Soloist Competition for […] Read more »

Zaimont: Prize Winner!

Judith Lang Zaimont begins the summer music season with a world premiere, and three (!) distinctions for her music. On July 19, the Camerata Bern offers the first performance of Zaimont’s new JoyDance in Spring.  Commissioned by the ensemble for its “Encores” project to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the new work is scored for a […] Read more »

Sierra’s Maximum Audience Appeal!

It’s summertime!  And, if you’re heading to “Music City,” don’t miss the Nashville Symphony’s July 6th premiere of Roberto Sierra’s Concierto para Órgano y Orquesta (Concerto for Organ & Orchestra) at the 2012 American Guild of Organists (AGO) National Convention. Commissioned by the AGO, the new organ concerto was written for soloist Todd Wilson, and […] Read more »

Moravec’s Explosive Energy

On July 21, Paul Moravec’s new Piano Quartet receives its world premiere at Garth Newel Music Center inWarm Springs,VA. Commissioned by Garth Newel, the four-movement, 20-minute work will be performed by the Center’s resident ensemble—the Garth Newel Piano Quartet. Moravec will attend the premiere and will interact with audience members during an informal pre-concert talk. […] Read more »

Abels: Spectacular with a Jazzy Grooviness!

Did you know that Chicago is the place to be on June 16th? If not, and you’re in town then, you’re in luck—the Chicago Sinfonietta will perform Michael Abels’ Delights and Dances, joined by the acclaimed Harlem Quartet. Abels will be in residence as music director Mei-Ann Chen leads the performance at the Wentz Concert […] Read more »