Galbraith: A Genuine & Beautiful Piece

On December 14, pianist Sung-Im Kim joins the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh for the world premiere of Nancy Galbraith’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Commissioned by the orchestra, the three-movement, 18-minute work was written for Kim, who has previously performed the composer’s music. Edward Leonard conducts the premiere. Edward Leonard comments. “We are delighted to work […] Read more »

Kander: Singers are Storytellers

“Singers are storytellers, but rarely do we get the opportunity to help create the stories we are telling.” And so, soprano and librettist Roberta Gumbel introduces us to Susan Kander’s new chamber opera DWB (*driving while black*). The opera premieres on November 17 at the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, Kansas. Scored for soprano, cello, […] Read more »

Sierra: Octeto en Cuatro Tiempos

On November 13, the New Juilliard Ensemble presents Roberto Sierra’s Octeto en Cuatro Tiempos (Octet in Four Tempos), led by music director Joel Sachs. Sierra’s 12-minute work was commissioned by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in celebration of the ensemble’s 40th anniversary in 2014. It is scored for clarinet, bassoon, horn, and string quintet. St. […] Read more »

Galbraith: A Piece that Does It All

“Nancy Galbraith’s A Festive Violet Pulse is a piece that does it all.” James Welsch, music director of the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras, opines as the ensemble prepares for its November 11 performance at El Paso’s Chavez Theater. Galbraith’s three-minute piece was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony to welcome its then-new music director, Mariss […] Read more »

Silverman: At the Colour Café

Faye-Ellen Silverman

On November 4, Faye-Ellen Silverman’s chamber work At the Colour Café will be presented by the Hora Decima Brass Ensemble at New York City’s Christ and St. Stephen’s Church. Music director David Chamberlain conducts the piece as part of the ensemble’s 25th Anniversary concert. The four-movement, 10-minute work for large ensemble was written for the […] Read more »

Locklair: A Conductor’s Perspective

Dan Locklair

“Just because you write the music doesn’t mean that you know it from a conductor’s perspective.” And so, Dan Locklair offers some insight into conducting his own music as he prepares for a November 2 concert in Roanoke, Va, featuring the St. John’s Choir – joined by ensemble members of the Winston-Salem Symphony – as […] Read more »

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 »