Abels: Exciting Winged Creatures

“[I was] reminded of the flight of a butterfly — exciting, graceful, but also uneven and frenetic.”  — Michael Abels On the eve of its June 14 premiere, Michael Abels shares the inspiration behind his newest work Winged Creatures. Written for soloists Anthony and Demarre McGill, the 13-minute double concerto was commissioned by Cedille Records. […] Read more »

Moravec: Beautiful Lyricism

  “One of the many things I love about Paul Moravec’s Shakuhachi Concerto is its beautiful lyricism.” And so, shakuhachi soloist James Nyoraku Schlefer sets the scene as he joins the Sybarite5 ensemble on April 15 and 16 for two New York City performances of the concerto. Originally written as a chamber piece for shakuhachi […] Read more »

Sierra: PRELUDE, HABANERA AND PERPETUAL MOTION *WORLD PREMIERE*

Concert: Sierra: PRELUDE, HABANERA AND PERPETUAL MOTION *WORLD PREMIERE* Start Time: 00:00:00 Date: 2018-07-01 End Time: 00:00:00 Location: Michala Petri, recorder; Copenhagen Philharmonic Link: https://www.tivoli.dk/da/kultur+og+program/sommerklassisk/2018/festkoncert+for+michala+petri Concert Information: Alexander Shelley, conductor Tivoli Concert Hall Copenhagen, Denmark Read more »

Beach: PIANO CONCERTO

Concert: Beach: PIANO CONCERTO Start Date: 2017-11-18 Start Time: 00:00:00 End Date: 2017-11-19 End Time: 00:00:00 Location: Randall Hodgkinson, piano; Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra Link: https://www.wellesley.edu/event/node/124486 Concert Information: (Critical Edition, Laurine Celeste Fox) Neal Hampton, conductor Houghton Chapel Wellesley, MA Read more »

Lee: VIOLIN CONCERTO “ESTHER” *WORLD PREMIERE*

Concert: Lee: VIOLIN CONCERTO “ESTHER” *WORLD PREMIERE* Start Time: 00:00:00 Date: 2018-11-03 End Time: 00:00:00 Location: Lucy Lewis, violin; Loma Linda University Church Sanctuary Orchestra Link: http://www.lluc.org/ Concert Information: James Lee III, conductor                                             […] Read more »

Sierra: CON MADERA, METAL Y CUERO

Concert: Sierra: CON MADERA, METAL Y CUERO Start Date: 2018-01-13 Start Time: 00:00:00 End Date: 2018-01-14 End Time: 00:00:00 Location: Steven Schick, percussion; San Diego Symphony Link: http://purchasing.sandiegosymphony.org/single/eventDetail.aspx?p=6344 Concert Information: Rafael Payare, conductor San Diego Symphony Jacobs Music Center San Diego, CA Read more »

Galbraith: Groovy and Acrobatic

“I consider it an enormous privilege to bring to life the groovy and acrobatic music of Nancy Galbraith.” On the eve of the February 8 world premiere of Galbraith’s Violin Concerto No. 1, soloist Alyssa Wang introduces us to the composer’s newest orchestral work. Daniel Nesta Curtis leads the Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Ensemble (Pittsburgh, PA) […] Read more »

Sierra: One of the Most Exciting Pieces

“Roberto Sierra’s Concierto Virtual is one of the most exciting pieces I’ve seen in years.” Joel Sachs, music director of the New Juilliard Ensemble, introduces Sierra’s new work on the eve of its January 20 world premiere at Lincoln Center. The premiere is a highlight the 2017 FOCUS! Festival, and is part of this year’s […] Read more »

Sierra: A Vibrant Work

On October 21, world renowned saxophonist James Carter joins the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Roberto Sierra’s Concerto for Saxophones. Thomas Wilkins guest conducts. Commissioned by the Detroit Symphony, Sierra wrote the 23-minute concerto for Carter who premiered it in 2002 under the baton of then-music director Neeme Järvi. The concerto blends classical and jazz […] Read more »

Lee: Unexpected Detours

On April 24, pianist Rochelle Sennet premieres James Lee III’s new Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble with the Morgan State University Symphonic Band. Melvin N. Miles conducts. The four-movement, 22-minute work was written for both Sennet and the university ensemble, and is a continued collaboration with Sennet, who premiered the composers’ Piano Sonata No. […] Read more »