Lee: “Sukkot” at the Chicago Symphony

From November 21 – 24, the Chicago Symphony performs James Lee III’s Sukkot Through Orion’s Nebula conducted by Juanjo Mena. Commissioned by the Sphinx Organization, Lee’s ten-minute orchestral work premiered in October 2011 at the New World Symphony, led by Michael Tilson Thomas. Lee describes Sukkot Through Orion’s Nebula as “…a festive work for orchestra,” […] Read more »

Frazelle: Songs of War

“Kenneth Frazelle’s Songs of War brings Paul Green’s poetry and diaries to life in a rich and poignant choral work.”  And so, Susan Klebanow, music director of the Carolina Choir, introduces us to the composer’s new piece which premieres on November 23 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Commissioned by The Paul […] Read more »

KNIGHT: Seventh Day of the Seventh Moon

On October 24, the enhakē chamber ensemble begins its fall mini-tour of Edward Knight’s work Seventh Day of the Seventh Moon at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh. Scored for clarinet, violin, cello and piano, Seventh Day of the Seventh Moon was commissioned by the ensemble at the request of its pianist Eun-Hee Park. Knight […] Read more »

Moravec: Feels So Natural

“Creating a piece to Paul Moravec’s music feels so natural.” On the eve of the premiere of the ballet “Scorpio Desert,” dancer (NYC Ballet) and choreographer Preston Chamblee talks about his latest project which was created in collaboration with the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer. The new one-movement, 13-minute ballet is scored for flute, clarinet, horn, trombone, […] Read more »

Moravec: The Meaning of Freedom

Paul Moravec’s Sanctuary Road is a perfect work for starting meaningful conversations about equality, race, and the meaning of freedom.” And so Rossen Milanov, music director of the Columbus Symphony, shares some insight into the orchestra’s upcoming October 11 and 12 performances of Moravec’s oratorio during its American Festival. Sanctuary Road is written for five […] Read more »