Abels: Falling Sky Premieres

February 5 brings the world premiere of Michael Abels’ first ballet Falling Sky, which features choreography by international dancer and choreographer Patrick de Bana. Commissioned by Butler University (Indianapolis, Indiana), the four-movement, 20-minute work is scored for concert band and will be performed by the Butler Ballet. Col. Michael Colburn conducts six spotlighted performances as […] Read more »

Hurwit: An Inspiring Experience

“Albert Hurwit’s Symphony No.1, ‘Remembrance’ [is] an inspiring experience.” And so, Edie Broida, Co-President of inSIGHT Through Education shares as the Palm Beach Symphony prepares to perform the work on January 31. The performance will be presented by inSIGHT Through Education — a local non-profit outreach organization — as part of its annual benefit, and […] Read more »

Frazelle: A Local Treasure

“Ken Frazelle is a local treasure here in Winston Salem.” As the Winston Salem Symphony prepares for its New Year’s performances of Kenneth Frazelle’s Shivaree, general manager Travis Creed offers some insight into the orchestra’s first program of 2020. The 11-minute work was co-commissioned by the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Santa Rosa Symphony, and premiered […] Read more »

Sierra: Working with Pacho

“Working with Pacho Flores was really great!” And so, composer Roberto Sierra introduces us to the soloist of his new trumpet concerto Salseando (Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra). The three-movement, 18-minute work premieres on January 9, performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra led by Domingo Hindoyan. “I would say that Salseando is traditional in […] Read more »

Lee: “Sukkot” at the Chicago Symphony

From November 21 – 24, the Chicago Symphony performs James Lee III’s Sukkot Through Orion’s Nebula conducted by Juanjo Mena. Commissioned by the Sphinx Organization, Lee’s ten-minute orchestral work premiered in October 2011 at the New World Symphony, led by Michael Tilson Thomas. Lee describes Sukkot Through Orion’s Nebula as “…a festive work for orchestra,” […] Read more »

Frazelle: Songs of War

“Kenneth Frazelle’s Songs of War brings Paul Green’s poetry and diaries to life in a rich and poignant choral work.”  And so, Susan Klebanow, music director of the Carolina Choir, introduces us to the composer’s new piece which premieres on November 23 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Commissioned by The Paul […] Read more »

KNIGHT: Seventh Day of the Seventh Moon

On October 24, the enhakē chamber ensemble begins its fall mini-tour of Edward Knight’s work Seventh Day of the Seventh Moon at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh. Scored for clarinet, violin, cello and piano, Seventh Day of the Seventh Moon was commissioned by the ensemble at the request of its pianist Eun-Hee Park. Knight […] Read more »

Moravec: Feels So Natural

“Creating a piece to Paul Moravec’s music feels so natural.” On the eve of the premiere of the ballet “Scorpio Desert,” dancer (NYC Ballet) and choreographer Preston Chamblee talks about his latest project which was created in collaboration with the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer. The new one-movement, 13-minute ballet is scored for flute, clarinet, horn, trombone, […] Read more »

Moravec: The Meaning of Freedom

Paul Moravec’s Sanctuary Road is a perfect work for starting meaningful conversations about equality, race, and the meaning of freedom.” And so Rossen Milanov, music director of the Columbus Symphony, shares some insight into the orchestra’s upcoming October 11 and 12 performances of Moravec’s oratorio during its American Festival. Sanctuary Road is written for five […] Read more »

DBR: Voodoo in Baltimore

On September 27, Marin Alsop opens the Baltimore Symphony’s 2019-2020 season, leading violinist and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) in this weekend’s performances of his Voodoo Violin Concerto. The three-movement, 24-minute concerto is one of DBR’s most popular, signature works. Originally composed for chamber ensemble, Voodoo Violin Concerto was commissioned in 2002 by The Kitchen […] Read more »