Abels: Falling Sky Premieres

February 5 brings the world premiere of Michael Abels’ first ballet Falling Sky, which features choreography by international dancer and choreographer Patrick de Bana. Commissioned by Butler University (Indianapolis, Indiana), the four-movement, 20-minute work is scored for concert band and will be performed by the Butler Ballet. Col. Michael Colburn conducts six spotlighted performances as […] Read more »

Hurwit: An Inspiring Experience

“Albert Hurwit’s Symphony No.1, ‘Remembrance’ [is] an inspiring experience.” And so, Edie Broida, Co-President of inSIGHT Through Education shares as the Palm Beach Symphony prepares to perform the work on January 31. The performance will be presented by inSIGHT Through Education — a local non-profit outreach organization — as part of its annual benefit, and […] Read more »

Frazelle: A Local Treasure

“Ken Frazelle is a local treasure here in Winston Salem.” As the Winston Salem Symphony prepares for its New Year’s performances of Kenneth Frazelle’s Shivaree, general manager Travis Creed offers some insight into the orchestra’s first program of 2020. The 11-minute work was co-commissioned by the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Santa Rosa Symphony, and premiered […] Read more »

Sierra: Working with Pacho

“Working with Pacho Flores was really great!” And so, composer Roberto Sierra introduces us to the soloist of his new trumpet concerto Salseando (Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra). The three-movement, 18-minute work premieres on January 9, performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra led by Domingo Hindoyan. “I would say that Salseando is traditional in […] Read more »

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 »