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 »

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 »

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 »

Abels: Exciting Winged Creatures

“[I was] reminded of the flight of a butterfly — exciting, graceful, but also uneven and frenetic.”  — Michael Abels On the eve of its June 14 premiere, Michael Abels shares the inspiration behind his newest work Winged Creatures. Written for soloists Anthony and Demarre McGill, the 13-minute double concerto was commissioned by Cedille Records. […] Read more »

Abels: Audiences Truly Enjoy It

“Audiences truly enjoy it!” Conductor Guy Victor Bordo shares his enthusiasm for Michael Abels’ Global Warming as he prepares for The University of Akron Symphony Orchestra’s performance on December 7. Commissioned and premiered by the Phoenix Youth Symphony in 1991, Abels’ ever-popular 8-minute work was inspired by the historic events of the end of the Cold […] Read more »

Abels: A Compelling Kaleidoscope

“Delights and Dances is a compelling kaleidoscope.” As the Sphinx Virtuosi return to Carnegie Hall on October 13, Afa S. Dworkin, President and Artistic Director of the Sphinx Organization, celebrates its own commissioned-work written by Michael Abels. The New York performance is just one concert among many of the ensemble’s 2017 fall tour which began last month […] Read more »

Abels: A Message of Hope & Optimism

“When I first heard Michael Abels’ Dance for Martin’s Dream shortly after its premiere, I was immediately struck by Michael’s choice to make it a celebratory work (as opposed to most tributes, which are elegiac). While it is often performed around MLK Day or Black History Month, I think it has a more universal ‘message’ […] Read more »

Abels: “Get Out” & See It!

It’s March 2017, and by now, you’ve all heard about this season’s critically acclaimed, groundbreaking comedic, suspense-thriller “Get Out,” directed by Emmy-winning actor and comedian Jordan Peele. However…did you know that Subito’s own Michael Abels wrote the score for this hit film? “Get Out” is Abels’ first feature film and what a way to say hello […] Read more »

Abels: Always A Joy

  “It is always a joy for me — and I use that word very deliberately — to collaborate with Michael Abels.” Mark Russell Smith, music director of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, shares his enthusiasm about working with Abels again for the orchestra’s February 4 & 5 world premiere of Liquify. The 9-minute work was […] Read more »