Sierra: Life Through Music

“As a composer, I believe that I express life through music. My music is just the conduit to convey my fears, my sense of hope, as well as an optimistic outlook and belief in a positive force that guide us through life.” As June 30 approaches, Roberto Sierra muses about his creative gift and the upcoming […] Read more »

Galbraith: A Fun Piece to Play

“Nancy Galbraith’s Piano Sonata No. 2 is a fun piece to play.” On June 9, soloist Eric Fung premieres Galbraith’s new Piano Sonata No. 2 at Lebanon Valley College (Anneville, PA). The three-movement, 15-minute work was commissioned by the 2017 Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association State Conference, which will feature the first performance. Fung continues. “The […] Read more »

Abels: A Message of Hope & Optimism

“When I first heard Michael Abels’ Dance for Martin’s Dream shortly after its premiere, I was immediately struck by Michael’s choice to make it a celebratory work (as opposed to most tributes, which are elegiac). While it is often performed around MLK Day or Black History Month, I think it has a more universal ‘message’ […] Read more »

Kander: “Miranda” Debuts Down Under

“I want to present ‘The Orchestra’ the way I see it: as the greatest team sport I know of.” On the eve of its May 7 Australian premiere, Susan Kander shares some insight into Miranda’s Waltz, as Kevin Purcell conducts the Australian Discovery Orchestra. Scored for narrator and orchestra, the 26-minute, seven-movement work features texts by […] Read more »