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 »

Paulus: Always Moving and Powerful

“Stephen Paulus’ music is always moving and powerful.” Adam Waite, music director of Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church shares some insight into the choir’s upcoming March 4 composer portrait concert which takes place in Denver, CO. The ensemble will be joined by the choir of St. Andrew United Methodist Church and director Mark Zwilling. Featured Paulus choral […] Read more »

Galbraith: Groovy and Acrobatic

“I consider it an enormous privilege to bring to life the groovy and acrobatic music of Nancy Galbraith.” On the eve of the February 8 world premiere of Galbraith’s Violin Concerto No. 1, soloist Alyssa Wang introduces us to the composer’s newest orchestral work. Daniel Nesta Curtis leads the Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Ensemble (Pittsburgh, PA) […] Read more »

Lee: Tehillim World Premiere

  On February 11, soprano Marquita Lister joins pianist Marvin Mills for the world premiere of James Lee III’s new song cycle Tehillim. The performance takes place in Irvine, CA, and is a highlight of the 20th anniversary of the African American Art Song Alliance Conference. Lee shares some thoughts about Tehillim. “‘When Marquita Lister […] Read more »

Abels: Always A Joy

composer, Michael Abels

  “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 »

Sierra: One of the Most Exciting Pieces

“Roberto Sierra’s Concierto Virtual is one of the most exciting pieces I’ve seen in years.” Joel Sachs, music director of the New Juilliard Ensemble, introduces Sierra’s new work on the eve of its January 20 world premiere at Lincoln Center. The premiere is a highlight the 2017 FOCUS! Festival, and is part of this year’s […] Read more »

Moravec: Holiday Season Premieres

This December, Paul Moravec rings in the 2016 Holiday Season with two world premieres. On December 2, the Harvard Glee Club and Radcliffe Choral Society present the first performance of Moravec’s newest choral work Winter Songs. The three-movement work features texts by Robert Burns, Emily Dickinson, and William Shakespeare. Music director Andrew Clark conducts the Winter Songs […] Read more »

Zaimont: Beautifully Crafted

  “Judith Lang Zaimont’s music is beautifully crafted.” Jim Svejda, host of Los Angeles-based KUSC-FM’s “The Evening Program,” invites listeners to tune in on November 3 and listen when Zaimont is the featured composer of the program. The three-hour interview showcases several Zaimont works including: Monarchs: Movements for Orchestra; Pure, Cool (Water) – Symphony No. […] Read more »

Moravec: The Overlook Hotel is Fantastic

  “Paul Moravec’s new work The Overlook Hotel Suite is fantastic!” George Manahan, Music Director of the American Composers Orchestra, introduces us to Moravec’s new orchestral piece, as he looks forward to leading the October 28 world premiere at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. The Overlook Hotel Suite is based on Moravec’s critically acclaimed new opera The […] Read more »

Sierra: A Vibrant Work

On October 21, world renowned saxophonist James Carter joins the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Roberto Sierra’s Concerto for Saxophones. Thomas Wilkins guest conducts. Commissioned by the Detroit Symphony, Sierra wrote the 23-minute concerto for Carter who premiered it in 2002 under the baton of then-music director Neeme Järvi. The concerto blends classical and jazz […] Read more »