Lee: His Music is Powerful

“Even if you didn’t know that James Lee III was quoting melodies to create a dialectic, you would know he was trying to convey something important because his music is powerful and portentous.” And so, David Lockington — music director of the Pasadena Symphony — introduces us to Lee’s new orchestral work Ichabod! The Protest is Over!. […] Read more »

Locklair: Symphony No. 2 “America”

“My Symphony No.2, ‘America’ unabashedly celebrates ‘The Land of the Free.’” And so, Dan Locklair introduces us to his newest orchestral work which premieres on October 7 with the Western Piedmont Symphony. Completed in July 2016, the 22-minute work features three movements that individually reflect a quintessential American holiday. John Gordon “Last year, when I started planning […] Read more »

Frazelle: Songs of Clay and Stone

  On August 27, mezzo-soprano Kathryn Findlen and pianist Robert Brewer present the world premiere of Kenneth Frazelle’s Songs of Clay and Stone at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, IN. Commissioned by Findlen, the six-movement, 20-minute song cycle features texts written by the composer, and celebrates the traditions and majestic […] Read more »

Silverman: Optimistic and Skilled

Faye-Ellen Silverman

“Somehow Faye-Ellen Silverman, optimistic without being flip, skilled without being pretentious, always intent upon telling us the story she came to tell, brings us back to a place where we can experience and enjoy music.” And so, pianist Ana Cervantes clearly explains why she’s presenting Silverman’s Fleeting Moments in its Mexican premiere in a series of […] Read more »

Sierra: “El Sueno” at MoMA

On July 9, Joel Sachs leads the New Juilliard Ensemble in a performance of Roberto Sierra’s El Sueño de Tartini in New York City, as part of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Summergarden New Music Series. The nine-minute chamber work was composed in 2007, and was written for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano. The […] Read more »