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 »

Sierra: Authentic and Compelling

“Roberto Sierra’s musical voice [is] authentic and compelling.” Violinist Emilie Anne Gendron of the Momenta Quartet shares some thoughts about the composer’s String Quartet No. 2 as the group prepares the work for its October 17 concert at the Americas Society (New York City). Programmed as part of the ensemble’s “Momenta Festival IV,” Sierra’s 14-minute […] Read more »

Frazelle: Colorful, Intricate and Innovative

“Kenneth Frazelle’s Laconic Variations is colorful, intricate, and innovative.” So notes Chattanooga Symphony music director Kayoko Dan on the eve of orchestra’s October 14 concert. Laconic Variations was commissioned by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), who premiered the 11-minute work in September 1997, conducted by Jeffrey Kahane. At the time of the premiere, Frazelle […] Read more »

In Memoriam: George Walker

On August 23, 2018, George Walker — Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, accomplished pianist, and distinguished educator — passed away at age 96. Walker was born in 1922 in Washington, DC to a non-musical family; however, his mother decided that he would begin piano lessons at age 5. “I had no particular interest in the piano or […] Read more »

Moravec: A New Country

On August 19, Paul Moravec’s new vocal chamber work A New Country premieres at the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, featuring soloist Jennifer Johnson Cano. Commissioned by the festival to celebrate its 35th anniversary theme, “Destination America,” the five-movement piece is scored for mezzo-soprano, flute, violin, viola, cello, and piano. The work showcases notable texts by […] Read more »

Frazelle: Music Carolina SummerFest 2018

“I cannot tell you how excited I am to have the opportunity to share the stage with Kenneth Frazelle this summer! We’re pouring our hearts and souls into [Appalachian Songbook].”  — Jodi Burns, soprano And so, Jodi Burns joins composer/pianist Kenneth Frazelle on August 1, as part of Music Carolina’s SummerFest 2018 at the Salem […] 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 »

Moravec: More Important Than Ever

“…Sanctuary Road is more important than ever.” Mark Campbell, librettist As the Oratorio Society of New York prepares for its May 7 world premiere of Paul Moravec’s Sanctuary Road, Campell introduces us the composer’s newest choral work. The 45-minute piece was commissioned by the ensemble and the premiere takes place at Carnegie Hall led by Kent […] Read more »

Moravec: Beautiful Lyricism

  “One of the many things I love about Paul Moravec’s Shakuhachi Concerto is its beautiful lyricism.” And so, shakuhachi soloist James Nyoraku Schlefer sets the scene as he joins the Sybarite5 ensemble on April 15 and 16 for two New York City performances of the concerto. Originally written as a chamber piece for shakuhachi […] Read more »

Moravec: Lush and Colorful

“Paul Moravec’s orchestral score for his opera The Shining is lush, colorful, and totally evocative of the drama throughout.” On the eve of the South Dakota Symphony’s April 7 performance of Moravec’s The Overlook Hotel Suite, music director Delta David Gier offers a glimpse into the composer’s musical language and imagination. The Shining was commissioned […] Read more »