Locklair: A Conductor’s Perspective

Dan Locklair

“Just because you write the music doesn’t mean that you know it from a conductor’s perspective.” And so, Dan Locklair offers some insight into conducting his own music as he prepares for a November 2 concert in Roanoke, Va, featuring the St. John’s Choir – joined by ensemble members of the Winston-Salem Symphony – as […] Read more »

Locklair: Independence Day

On October 14, the Society of Musical Arts Orchestra (SOMA) performs Dan Locklair’s “Independence Day,” from his Symphony No. 2, “America.”  The composer’s Symphony No. 2 is a 22-minute work that features three movements that individually reflect a quintessential American holiday. “Independence Day” is based on the well known tune America the Beautiful. The work premiered […] Read more »

Locklair: Noel’s Psalm Premieres

On March 25, organist Robert Parkins premieres Dan Locklair’s new work Noel’s Psalm (A Sonata for Organ), as part of Duke University’s Duke Chapel Organ Recital Series. The four-movement, 14-minute work was commissioned by Rebeccah Neff in memory of her brother, Dr. Noel J. Kinnamon, a distinguished professor of English literature at Mars Hill University […] Read more »

Locklair: A Beautiful Christmas Reflection

Dan Locklair

  “I found Edmund Sears’ poem [to be] so rich in imagery and, simply, a beautiful Christmas reflection.” And so, introduces us to the poet behind his newest choral work Calm on the Listening Ear of Night which premieres on December 17 sung by the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Choir in Winston-Salem, NC. Commissioned by Aurelia Gray […] Read more »

Locklair: Symphony No. 2 “America”

“My Symphony No.2, ‘America’ unabashedly celebrates ‘The Land of the Free.’” And so, Dan Locklair introduces us to his newest orchestral work which premieres on October 7 with the Western Piedmont Symphony. Completed in July 2016, the 22-minute work features three movements that individually reflect a quintessential American holiday. John Gordon “Last year, when I started planning […] Read more »

Locklair: A Choral Portrait

Dan Locklair

  On March 4, Cantari Voices Ensemble presents a Dan Locklair portrait concert featuring two choral works: A DuBose Heyward Triptych and his recent Requiem. Conductor Dr. Sue Klausmeyer leads the ensemble’s program at The Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill, NC. A DuBose Heyward Triptych is a three-movement, 16-minute a cappella work commissioned by The […] Read more »

Locklair: Unselfish Love, Rich Lives

Dan Locklair

Dan Locklair’s Requiem receives its premiere on November 1, in Winston-Salem, NC, as part of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church’s All Saints Day celebration. Organist and choirmaster John Cummins leads the nine-movement, 45-minute work. Written for four soloists, SATB chorus, strings and orchestra, Locklair’s Requiem is set in English and uses elements of the Latin Mass, […] Read more »

Locklair: Learning from a Composer

Dan Locklair

On May 4, the Northwest School of the Arts Chamber Ensemble (Charlotte, NC) presents the world premiere of Dan Locklair’s newest chamber work Canzona for the Music Makers conducted by Erica Hefner. Written for 15 players, the six-minute piece was commissioned by the Charlotte Symphony as part of the orchestra’s educational partnership with the school. […] Read more »

Locklair: Phoenix for Orchestra

  “In autumn 2006, Winston-Salem Symphony Music Director, Robert Moody, heard a concert performance of the original version of [my antiphonal work] Phoenix Fanfare and Processional, and, soon afterwards, phoned to ask me if I would consider creating a version of it for orchestra.” And so, on the eve of the Charlotte Symphony’s February 28 […] Read more »

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 »