Abels: An Advocate for Liquify

“I am an advocate of Michael Abels’ music; and, I try to program and perform it whenever and wherever I can.” As the Richmond Symphony’s July 30 performance of Abels’ Liquify approaches, guest conductor Mark Russell Smith talks about Liquify and his long-standing relationship with the composer’s music. Smith — music director of the Quad […] Read more »

Abels: The Legacy of Dr. King

“It’s an intimidating assignment to write a piece on the legacy of Dr. King.” Michael Abels offers some insight into his popular work Dance for Martin’s Dream, which is featured on the Minnesota Orchestra’s July 13 Sommerfest concert, led by music director Osmo Vänskä. Co-commissioned by the Houston and Nashville Symphonies, Dance for Martin’s Dream is […] Read more »

Subito @ The Cone Institute

“One of the valuable features of The Cone Institute is the annual visit from David Murray from Subito Music.” And so, award-winning composer Steven Mackey welcome’s Subito’s own Editor and Publishing Manager to participate in the New Jersey Symphony’s sixth season of the Edward T. Cone Composition Institute. Mackey directs the Cone Institute, which runs […] Read more »

Locklair: Sonata for Flute & Harp Premieres

On June 19, Dan Locklair’s new Sonata for Flute and Harp premieres at the 2019 American Harp Society Summer Institute in Winston-Salem, NC. Locklair was commissioned by the North Carolina Harp Ensemble; and, wrote the three-movement, 12-minute chamber work for flutist Debra Reuter-Pivetta and harpist Jacquelyn Bartlett. The premiere takes place at Crawford Concert Hall […] Read more »

Knight: The Wings of Night

On May 31, Edward Knight’s new song cycle The Wings of Night premieres during the 2019 Oklahoma Music Teachers Association (OMTA) Conference. Commissioned by the OMTA, Knight’s three-movement work is written for voice, oboe, and piano, and features texts by American poet Sara Teasdale. Performers include: mezzo-soprano Catherine McDaniel; Allegra Knight on the oboe; and […] Read more »