Abels: Exciting Winged Creatures

“[I was] reminded of the flight of a butterfly — exciting, graceful, but also uneven and frenetic.”  — Michael Abels On the eve of its June 14 premiere, Michael Abels shares the inspiration behind his newest work Winged Creatures. Written for soloists Anthony and Demarre McGill, the 13-minute double concerto was commissioned by Cedille Records. […] Read more »

Moravec: More Important Than Ever

“…Sanctuary Road is more important than ever.” Mark Campbell, librettist As the Oratorio Society of New York prepares for its May 7 world premiere of Paul Moravec’s Sanctuary Road, Campell introduces us the composer’s newest choral work. The 45-minute piece was commissioned by the ensemble and the premiere takes place at Carnegie Hall led by Kent […] Read more »

Moravec: Beautiful Lyricism

  “One of the many things I love about Paul Moravec’s Shakuhachi Concerto is its beautiful lyricism.” And so, shakuhachi soloist James Nyoraku Schlefer sets the scene as he joins the Sybarite5 ensemble on April 15 and 16 for two New York City performances of the concerto. Originally written as a chamber piece for shakuhachi […] Read more »

Moravec: Lush and Colorful

“Paul Moravec’s orchestral score for his opera The Shining is lush, colorful, and totally evocative of the drama throughout.” On the eve of the South Dakota Symphony’s April 7 performance of Moravec’s The Overlook Hotel Suite, music director Delta David Gier offers a glimpse into the composer’s musical language and imagination. The Shining was commissioned […] Read more »

Locklair: Noel’s Psalm Premieres

On March 25, organist Robert Parkins premieres Dan Locklair’s new work Noel’s Psalm (A Sonata for Organ), as part of Duke University’s Duke Chapel Organ Recital Series. The four-movement, 14-minute work was commissioned by Rebeccah Neff in memory of her brother, Dr. Noel J. Kinnamon, a distinguished professor of English literature at Mars Hill University […] Read more »