Abels: An Advocate for Liquify

“I am an advocate of Michael Abels’ music; and, I try to program and perform it whenever and wherever I can.” As the Richmond Symphony’s July 30 performance of Abels’ Liquify approaches, guest conductor Mark Russell Smith talks about Liquify and his long-standing relationship with the composer’s music. Smith — music director of the Quad […] Read more »

Abels: The Legacy of Dr. King

“It’s an intimidating assignment to write a piece on the legacy of Dr. King.” Michael Abels offers some insight into his popular work Dance for Martin’s Dream, which is featured on the Minnesota Orchestra’s July 13 Sommerfest concert, led by music director Osmo Vänskä. Co-commissioned by the Houston and Nashville Symphonies, Dance for Martin’s Dream is […] Read more »

Sierra: SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO

Concert: Sierra: SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO Start Date: 2019-07-05 Start Time: 00:00:00 End Date: 2019-07-06 End Time: 00:00:00 Location: Emily Kalisz, violin; Kyle P. Walker, piano Link: http://thedreamunfinished.org/events/https/wwweventbritecom/e/metlivearts-ethel-and-friends-tickets-60681292379 Concert Information: MetLiveArts (ETHEL and Friends Balcony Bar Series) Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, NY Read more »

Locklair: Sonata for Flute & Harp Premieres

On June 19, Dan Locklair’s new Sonata for Flute and Harp premieres at the 2019 American Harp Society Summer Institute in Winston-Salem, NC. Locklair was commissioned by the North Carolina Harp Ensemble; and, wrote the three-movement, 12-minute chamber work for flutist Debra Reuter-Pivetta and harpist Jacquelyn Bartlett. The premiere takes place at Crawford Concert Hall […] Read more »

Knight: The Wings of Night

On May 31, Edward Knight’s new song cycle The Wings of Night premieres during the 2019 Oklahoma Music Teachers Association (OMTA) Conference. Commissioned by the OMTA, Knight’s three-movement work is written for voice, oboe, and piano, and features texts by American poet Sara Teasdale. Performers include: mezzo-soprano Catherine McDaniel; Allegra Knight on the oboe; and […] Read more »

Abels: A Great Job

“Global Warming does a great job of musically addressing the issues embedded within the title.” And so, conductor Tobin Stewart highlights the core of Michael Abels 8-minute orchestral work as Stewart joins the Montana State University Symphony for the orchestra’s May 2019 South American tour to Chile. Stewart will conduct concerts in Ovalle, Santiago, and […] Read more »

Moravec: Creators in Concert

On May 1, Opera America presents “Creators in Concert” featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec. This up-close-and-personal evening showcases an informal talk focusing on the composer’s creative process. Mark Scorca, Opera America’s president and CEO, hosts. The event also features musical excerpts from Moravec’s critically acclaimed opera The Shining (Minnesota Opera, 2016 – based directly […] Read more »

Lee: Visions of Hope

On May 4, James Lee III travels to Lima, Peru for the premiere of his new Sinfonia de Esperanza (Symphony No. 2, “Visions of Hope”) performed by the University of the Peruvian Adventist Union Orchestra (UPeU). Music director Delmar Freire conducts Lee’s 30-minute, four-movement work. “Sinfonia de Esperanza’s title means ‘Visions of Hope,’” Lee shares, […] Read more »

Abels: Eerie, Empathetic & Compelling

It’s April 2019, and award-wining composer Michael Abels has done it again – created an eerie, empathetic, and compelling film score for Oscar winning-director Jordan Peele’s second record-breaking film “Us.” Released back in March, “Us” premiered at SXSW to strong critical reviews. In its national release, it shattered box-office records raking in over $70 million […] Read more »

Primiani: Living in Fear

“Do women who live in fear ever feel safe?” – Leanna Primiani On April 5, Leanna Primini explores this question with her new work 1001 performed by the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra. Anna Edwards conducts. Commissioned by the ensemble, 1001 is based on the famed 18th-century Persian tale, and was written as an accompanying ‘side-by-side’ piece […] Read more »