Galbraith: A Piece that Does It All

“Nancy Galbraith’s A Festive Violet Pulse is a piece that does it all.” James Welsch, music director of the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras, opines as the ensemble prepares for its November 11 performance at El Paso’s Chavez Theater. Galbraith’s three-minute piece was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony to welcome its then-new music director, Mariss […] Read more »

Silverman: At the Colour Café

Faye-Ellen Silverman

On November 4, Faye-Ellen Silverman’s chamber work At the Colour Café will be presented by the Hora Decima Brass Ensemble at New York City’s Christ and St. Stephen’s Church. Music director David Chamberlain conducts the piece as part of the ensemble’s 25th Anniversary concert. The four-movement, 10-minute work for large ensemble was written for the […] Read more »

Locklair: A Conductor’s Perspective

Dan Locklair

“Just because you write the music doesn’t mean that you know it from a conductor’s perspective.” And so, Dan Locklair offers some insight into conducting his own music as he prepares for a November 2 concert in Roanoke, Va, featuring the St. John’s Choir – joined by ensemble members of the Winston-Salem Symphony – as […] Read more »

Locklair: Independence Day

On October 14, the Society of Musical Arts Orchestra (SOMA) performs Dan Locklair’s “Independence Day,” from his Symphony No. 2, “America.”  The composer’s Symphony No. 2 is a 22-minute work that features three movements that individually reflect a quintessential American holiday. “Independence Day” is based on the well known tune America the Beautiful. The work premiered […] Read more »

Sierra: Authentic and Compelling

“Roberto Sierra’s musical voice [is] authentic and compelling.” Violinist Emilie Anne Gendron of the Momenta Quartet shares some thoughts about the composer’s String Quartet No. 2 as the group prepares the work for its October 17 concert at the Americas Society (New York City). Programmed as part of the ensemble’s “Momenta Festival IV,” Sierra’s 14-minute […] Read more »