Abels: Eerie, Empathetic & Compelling

It’s April 2019, and award-wining composer Michael Abels has done it again – created an eerie, empathetic, and compelling film score for Oscar winning-director Jordan Peele’s second record-breaking film “Us.” Released back in March, “Us” premiered at SXSW to strong critical reviews. In its national release, it shattered box-office records raking in over $70 million […] Read more »

Primiani: Living in Fear

“Do women who live in fear ever feel safe?” – Leanna Primiani On April 5, Leanna Primini explores this question with her new work 1001 performed by the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra. Anna Edwards conducts. Commissioned by the ensemble, 1001 is based on the famed 18th-century Persian tale, and was written as an accompanying ‘side-by-side’ piece […] Read more »

Sierra: One of the Most Compelling

“[Roberto Sierra’s concerto] is surely one of the most compelling works I’ve done.” As we approach March 23, Thomas Wilkins shares some thoughts about Sierra’s Concerto for Saxophones and Orchestra as he conducts soloist James Carter and the Boston Symphony in a featured performance. Originally commissioned by the Detroit Symphony, Sierra wrote the 23-minute concerto for […] Read more »

Lee: Violin Sonata No. 2 Premieres

“I am pleased,” shares James Lee III “to have composed Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano for violinist Dr. Igor Kalnin and pianist Dr. Rochelle Sennet.” On March 16, Kalnin and Sennet premiere Lee’s new 22-minute, four-movement work. Written for both instrumentalists who perform together as the Duo MemDi. Sonata No. 2 will premiere at […] Read more »

Moravec: Rejoice in Hope

“…Love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor.”     Romans 12:10 (NRSV) On March 17, Mark Hyczko — music director of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Westfield, NJ) — leads the parish choir in the premiere of Paul Moravec’s newest choral work Rejoice in Hope. Scored for solo bass, SATB choir and […] Read more »

Sierra: 33 Sueños

On February 20, Roberto Sierra’s song cycle, 33 Sueños (33 Dreams) receives its American premiere presented by the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS). Programmed as part of NYFOS’ “Hyphenated-Americans” program, the 30-minute work is scored for baritone and piano and uses the texts settings of poet Juan Carlos Garvayo. (Garvayo also serves as pianist […] Read more »

Lee: Beyond Mirrors of Color

On January 17, James Lee III’s newest song cycle Beyond Mirrors of Color premieres in Jacksonville, FL, performed by soprano Alison Buchanan and the Ritz Chamber Players. Scored for soprano, cello and piano, the five-movement, 19-minute chamber work features poetry written by Buchanan, under the nom de plume of Alison Harding. The premiere is part […] Read more »

Sierra: Do Something

“…Do something beautiful. Do something gorgeous. Do something that comes from your heart…” — Roberto Sierra Award-winning composer Roberto Sierra sat down with new music advocate Frank Oteri for a featured profile in NewMusicBox  — the trailblazing online magazine for con-temporary American music. Oteri (who also serves as  NewMusicBox co-editor) chatted with the composer about his long […] Read more »

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 »