Abels: At War With Ourselves

“I’ve said before that I want to create bulletproof music.” And so David Harrington, founder and artistic director of the San Francisco-based Kronos Quartet, shares his vision into the ensemble’s latest commissioned work — At War With Ourselves. Composed by Michael Abels, the evening-length work is scored for narrator, string quartet and chorus, and features […] Read more »

Lee: “Tones of Clay”

On November 14, the Calyx Piano Trio premieres James Lee III’s new 18-minute chamber piece Piano Trio No. 3, “Tones of Clay,” at the Linde Center at the Tanglewood Music Center. Lee comments on his new work. “Piano Trio No. 3 ‘Tones of Clay’ uses the words ‘tones’ and ‘clay’ for two reasons. In my […] Read more »

Silverman: The Song of the Trees

Composer Faye-Ellen Silverman’s new choreographed work The Song of the Trees receives its world premiere on November 5, 2021, as part of Composers Concordance’s Woodwind “Motion” series. The Songs of the Trees is a three-moment work that features the Sylvan Winds joined by choreographer Max Pollak in its first performance. The concert takes place at […] Read more »

Lee: “Amer’ican” Premieres

On October 29, 2021, the Detroit Symphony presents the world premiere of James Lee III’s orchestral work Amer’ican, conducted by Eric Jacobsen. Commissioned by the orchestra, Amer’ican was originally scheduled to premiere in April 2020; but due to the Covid pandemic it was postponed until this season. The 13-minute work was inspired by Dvorak’s celebrated […] Read more »

Galbraith: Composer’s Corner Q & A

Today’s edition of “Composer’s Corner” features Nancy Galbraith — composer, performer, educator, lecturer, and clinician. The Pittsburgh-native’s large body of music has been performed in the United States, Europe, and South America. Her rich harmonic textures, rhythmic vitality, emotional depth, and wide range of expression have been described by critics as “impressive,” “reflective,” “formidable” “rewarding,” […] Read more »

Sierra: Sinfonia No. 6 at Liverpool

“I want to make music that is communicative – so not only what’s on the surface will be enjoyable, but it will also offer some kind of intellectual discourse with a listener.” — Roberto Sierra On October 14, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic opens its concert season with the premiere of Roberto Sierra’s Sinfonia No. 6, […] Read more »

SIERRA: Piezas Sueltas in NYC

“Latin rhythms and modern harmonies make this concise and constantly momentous piece one of the most challenging and amusing pieces I’ve had the privilege to study and perform.” And so, pianist Matthew Culbertson informs us about Roberto Sierra’s solo work Piezas Sueltas No. 6, ‘Vivo‘, as Culbertson performs it on October 12 as part of […] Read more »

Abels: Emerge Premieres at NJ Symphony

“For our first public subscription concerts since the COVID-19 shut down, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra wanted to project a sense of catharsis, healing, joy, and wonder.” — Patrick Chamberlain As the 2021-22 performance season begins and the concert world returns to live music, Patrick Chamberlain — NJSO Vice President of Artistic Planning — comments […] Read more »

DBR: Voodoo at the New Jersey Symphony

“The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and I cannot wait to perform for our audiences in person again. This season speaks to our time, with many important voices of today, and celebrates great musical traditions of the past and present.” — Music Director Xian Zhang On October 8, the New Jersey Symphony opens its 2021-22 concert […] Read more »

Stubblefield: Composer’s Corner Q & A

In this edition of “Composer’s Corner,” we introduce you to Roger Stubblefield – one of many composers represented by Subito Music Distribution (SMD) (a division of Subito Music). The SMD program is Subito’s distribution service for independent, self-published composers. Stubblefield is a New Jersey-based composer, conductor and active tuba player in the New York Tri-State […] Read more »