Abels: Well-Crafted, Graceful & Virtuosic

composer, Michael Abels

On July 28, the Del Sol Quartet performs Michael Abels’ Delights and Dances with the Bear Valley Music Festival Orchestra, led by music director Michael Morgan. Commissioned by the Sphinx Organization for the 10th anniversary of its Sphinx Competition, Delights and Dances is a 13-minute work that was originally scored for full orchestra with a […] Read more »

Moravec: Masterfully Composed

“We, the Orchestra of the League of Composers, programmed Paul Moravec’s Sempre Diritto! because it is such an ebullient, upbeat burst of energy — and [it is] masterfully composed.” Music Director Louis Karchin enthuses on the eve of the orchestra’s June 1 season finale concert. The concert takes place at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre as […] Read more »

Zaimont: Passion, Intensity, and Beauty

  “I first heard Judith Lang Zaimont’s music in 1986.” On the eve of pianist Joanne Polk’s celebration of Zaimont’s 70th Birthday season, she reminisces about the composer’s music. The portrait concert takes places on November 7 at Symphony Space (New York City), as Polk is joined by flutist Immanuel Davis, violinist Yura Seung-Jung Oh, […] Read more »

Sierra: Carried on a Warm Breeze

  On October 3 and 5, the Chicago Sinfonietta opens its 2015-16 season with performances of Roberto Sierra’s Fandangos, led by music director Mei-Ann Chen. Programmed as part of the ensemble’s “Tap In, Turn Up” program, Mei-Ann Chen shares some thoughts about Sierra’s well-known work. “Fandangos is an energetic piece that evokes the sights and […] Read more »

Galbraith: Such a Thrill

This past summer, Nancy Galbraith’s chamber piece Midnight Stirring premiered at the National Flute Association Convention. This fall, the work receives another premiere — this time in its new chamber orchestra version performed by the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh. Music director Edward Leonard leads the ensemble on October 1 at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. […] Read more »

Frazelle: Peering in the Composer’s Soul

“Singers have this incredible job of creating three-dimensional characters right off of the written page. It makes me feel like I’m peering into the composer’s soul.” On the eve of the Boston premiere of Kenneth Frazelle’s Songs in the Rearview Mirror, mezzo-soprano Kathryn Findlen offers a glimpse into bringing the composer’s score to life. Pianist […] Read more »

Frazelle: Connecting Us As Humans

  On May 3, mezzo-soprano Kathryn Findlen joins pianist Rick Rowley at The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh for a “Carolina Portrait: Songs and Piano Works by Kenneth Frazelle,” sponsored by the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild. Findlen — a champion of Frazelle’s vocal music — presented the May 2013 New York premiere of […] Read more »

DBR: Relevant, Exciting and Meaningful

  On April 11, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony presents its “Rediscover” concert featuring the music of its artist-in-residence, Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR). DBR joins the orchestra as soloist, when Artistic Director and CEO Jason Weinberger conducts the composer’s Woodbox Violin Concerto, and presents the premiere of his new work “A Young Person’s GPS for Our […] Read more »

Abels: Fresh, Fun and Unique

If you’re in Mobile, AL on November 15 and 16, head on over to Saenger Theatre for the Mobile Symphony’s performances of Michael Abels’ Delights and Dances, featuring the Harlem String Quartet. Scott Speck conducts these performances as part of the orchestra’s “Beethoven and Blue Jeans” series. Harlem String Quartet violinist Melissa White comments, “Delights […] Read more »

Sierra: A Wonderful Concert Opener

  UPDATE:  The Allentown Symphony’s performances of Roberto Sierra’s Montuno were enthusiastically received by audiences and critics. Steve Siegel of The Morning Call noted, “Montuno was a slinky, seductive fusion of Spanish guitar and vocal music…[which] bloomed into a vibrant series of variations, each successively more energetic before coming to an exhilarating close…” Read the […] Read more »