Abels & Sierra: Cosmic Convergence

The Chicago Sinfonietta rounds out its season on May 21 and 23 with its “Cosmic Convergence” program, which features the music of two Subito composers: Michael Abels’ Global Warming and Roberto Sierra’s Jubilo. Music director Mei-Ann Chen offers some insight into the ensemble’s season finale. “[This last performance] of our season is entitled ‘Cosmic Convergence’ […] Read more »

Abels: Inventiveness and Drive

composer, Michael Abels

On March 19 and 20, the Spokane Symphony performs Michael Abels’ classic work Global Warming, as music director Eckart Preu leads the orchestra in its “Symphonic Dances” program. Inspired by the historic events of the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War era, Global Warming was commissioned and premiered by […] Read more »

Frazelle: A Cool Piece!

“Ever since the first time I heard Kenneth Frazelle’s The Swans of Pungo Lake, I’ve always thought it was a cool piece!” On the eve of the Society of Musical Arts’ (Maplewood, NJ) March 6 concert, music director Stephen Culbertson shares some insight into programming Frazelle’s six-minute work. The Swans of Pungo Lake was commissioned […] Read more »

Sierra: Musical Archetypes

  On February 24 and 25, the Trío Arbós joins the RTVE Orchestra (Orquesta Sinfonica de Radio y Televisión Española) in Madrid for the world premiere of Roberto Sierra’s Triple Concierto for Violin, Violoncello, Piano & Orquesta. Charles Kalmar leads both performances. Sierra shares some thoughts about his new three-movement work. “This concerto is the […] Read more »

Paulus: I Love Performing this Work

“Stephen Paulus’ wonderful Concerto for Two Trumpets is wholly unique in the repertoire.” Trumpet soloist Rex Richardson introduces us to the composer’s work which is featured on the Baton Rouge Symphony’s February 25th American Festival, led by Timothy Muffitt. Trumpeter Brian Shaw joins Richardson for the concert. Richardson continues, “I love performing this work; I’ve […] Read more »

Moravec: Fresh, Modern and Sophisticated

  “Paul Moravec’s Chamber Symphony has a fresh, modern sound and sophisticated pacing.” As the Dallas Chamber Symphony’s February 16 concert approaches, Richard McKay — the ensemble’s artistic director –- reflects on programming Moravec’s work for the performance. As any artistic director will say, it takes time and planning to find the right music to […] Read more »

Abels: One of the Finest

On February 9, the Indianapolis Symphony performs Michael Abels’ orchestral work Global Warming. Chelsea Tipton II conducts the ensemble as part of the symphony’s Black History Month celebration. Written around the time of the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War era, Global Warming was commissioned and premiered by the […] Read more »

Paulus: Wit, Tenderness and Virtuosity

“Stephen Paulus’ music brims with wit, tenderness, and at times, biting virtuosity.” On the eve of the Pacific Symphony’s program “Organ Splendor,” soloist Paul Jacobs offers a glimpse into the composer’s Organ Concerto No. 4, which is featured in concert from February 4 – 6. Music director Carl St. Clair conducts the performances as part […] Read more »

Moravec: Beautiful, Human and Exciting

  On January 22, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project presents the Boston premiere of Paul Moravec’s Brandenburg Gate as part of its winter program “The New Brandenburgs.” Music director Gil Rose conducts the concert at NEC’s Jordan Hall. Commissioned in 2006 by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Moravec’s Brandenburg Gate was part of the ensemble’s “New Brandenburg […] Read more »

Sierra: A Continuous Joy

“For me, it’s a continuous joy to perform [Roberto Sierra’s] Concerto for Saxophones…” On the eve of his German tour, James Carter — world-renowned saxophonist — shares some insight into performing Sierra’s work. Written for Carter, Concerto for Saxophones was commissioned by the Detroit Symphony and premiered in 2002 under the baton of then-music director […] Read more »