Frazelle: Songs of Clay and Stone

  On August 27, mezzo-soprano Kathryn Findlen and pianist Robert Brewer present the world premiere of Kenneth Frazelle’s Songs of Clay and Stone at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, IN. Commissioned by Findlen, the six-movement, 20-minute song cycle features texts written by the composer, and celebrates the traditions and majestic […] Read more »

Silverman: Optimistic and Skilled

Faye-Ellen Silverman

“Somehow Faye-Ellen Silverman, optimistic without being flip, skilled without being pretentious, always intent upon telling us the story she came to tell, brings us back to a place where we can experience and enjoy music.” And so, pianist Ana Cervantes clearly explains why she’s presenting Silverman’s Fleeting Moments in its Mexican premiere in a series of […] Read more »

Sierra: “El Sueno” at MoMA

On July 9, Joel Sachs leads the New Juilliard Ensemble in a performance of Roberto Sierra’s El Sueño de Tartini in New York City, as part of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Summergarden New Music Series. The nine-minute chamber work was composed in 2007, and was written for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano. The […] Read more »

Sierra: Life Through Music

“As a composer, I believe that I express life through music. My music is just the conduit to convey my fears, my sense of hope, as well as an optimistic outlook and belief in a positive force that guide us through life.” As June 30 approaches, Roberto Sierra muses about his creative gift and the upcoming […] Read more »

Galbraith: A Fun Piece to Play

“Nancy Galbraith’s Piano Sonata No. 2 is a fun piece to play.” On June 9, soloist Eric Fung premieres Galbraith’s new Piano Sonata No. 2 at Lebanon Valley College (Anneville, PA). The three-movement, 15-minute work was commissioned by the 2017 Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association State Conference, which will feature the first performance. Fung continues. “The […] 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 »

Kander: “Miranda” Debuts Down Under

“I want to present ‘The Orchestra’ the way I see it: as the greatest team sport I know of.” On the eve of its May 7 Australian premiere, Susan Kander shares some insight into Miranda’s Waltz, as Kevin Purcell conducts the Australian Discovery Orchestra. Scored for narrator and orchestra, the 26-minute, seven-movement work features texts by […] Read more »

In Memoriam: Frank Ezra Levy

On April 23, Frank Ezra Levy — composer, cellist, teacher, and mentor — passed away at the age of 86. Born in Paris on October 15, 1930, Levy’s parents were painter Else Hammerschlag and Swiss pianist and composer Ernst Levy. After emigrating to the New York in 1939, he began his musical training by studying […] Read more »

Remembering Jaromir Weinberger

Jaromir Weinberger (1896-1967), the composer of the once-popular opera Schwanda the Bagpiper (staged at the Metropolitan Opera in 1931), is being remembered on the 50th anniversary of his passing. Subito Music, as worldwide agent for Willemsmusiik, takes a look back at this Czech-American composer and his role in 20th century music from his European roots […] Read more »

Galbraith: In Constant Motion

“Nancy Galbraith’s Missa Mysteriorum is a choral score in constant motion.” — Adam Waite On April 30, Adam Waite — Minister of Music, Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church — leads the orchestral premiere of Galbraith’s Missa Mysteriorum in Denver, CO. Originally scored for SATB choir and wind ensemble, Missa Mysteriorum (Mass of the Mysteries) is a […] Read more »