Lee: Destined Words for Juneteenth

James Lee III’s Destined Words premieres on June 19, 2021, as part of the live, on-stage, gala performance of the Baltimore Symphony’s “Marin Festival,” honoring Marin Alsop’s artistic leadership in her farewell concert with the orchestra. Commissioned by the Baltimore Symphony in celebration of the Juneteenth Holiday, the nine-minute work is scored for: narrator; 2 […] Read more »

Abels: “desert in” operabox.tv

“In a mysterious motor lodge…along a desolate stretch of highway in the American desert, customers pay for the usual amenities — a room, a pool, a lounge. But here, they also pay to be reunited with lost loves of all kinds…” June 2021 brings the premiere of “desert in,” a new, operatic television miniseries featuring […] Read more »

Knight: Of Perpetual Solace Premieres

On May 16, 2021, Edward Knight’s new choral and orchestral work Of Perpetual Solace premieres, sung by the Oklahoma City-based choral ensemble Canterbury Voices. Of Perpetual Solace features texts by librettist and visual artist M.J. Alexander. Described as a poetic and lyrical reflection on remembrance, resilience, and hope, Knight’s 45-minute work was commissioned in 2018 […] Read more »

Kander: dwb at Urban Arias in DC

On April 30, 2021, UrbanArias presents the digital premiere of its film adaptation of Susan Kander’s chamber opera dwb (driving while black), featuring soprano Karen Slack joined by cellist Rosanna Butterfield and percussionist Eric Plewinski. Kander’s 45-minute, one-woman monodrama was written in collaboration with librettist and soprano Roberta Gumbel. Gumbel — along with New Morse […] Read more »

Lee: Songs for the People Premieres

“Songs for the People has such beauty and depth. It has rich, musical sonorities that touch me to my core!” — Denyce Graves And so, celebrated mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves shares her thoughts about James Lee III’s new song, which premieres on May 1, as part of the Tulsa Opera’s “Greenwood Overcomes” concerts. Commissioned by the […] Read more »

Zaimont: Composer’s Corner Q & A

In this edition of Subito’s “Composer’s Corner” series, we’re talking with Judith Lang Zaimont, composer, performer, educator, scholar and advocate for contemporary music and women composers. She shares her thoughts about working during the Covid pandemic, about why she still composes pen-to-paper, how she adapts to technologies to share her music, and her best advice […] Read more »

Moravec: Composer’s Corner Q & A

Paul Moravec

Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Moravec is the featured artist in this issue of “Composer’s Corner.” His long career as a composer, pianist and educator gives him an insider’s perspective as he shares what he’s been doing during the pandemic, his compositional process, teaching, and why winning the Pulitzer Prize in Music “remains a thrilling development in […] Read more »

Sierra: CONCIERTO DE CAMERA *Virtual Concert*

Concert: Sierra: CONCIERTO DE CAMERA *Virtual Concert* Start Time: 00:00:00 Date: 2021-04-10 End Time: 00:00:00 Location: Oberlin Sinfonietta and Contemporary Music Ensemble Link: https://calendar.oberlin.edu/event/oberlin_stage_left_oberlin_conservatory_large_ensembles_2737 Concert Information: “Saturday Stage Left Large Ensembles” Timothy Weiss, conductor Oberlin Conservatory of Music Oberlin, OH Read more »

Frazelle: Composer’s Corner Q & A

In this edition of “Composer’s Corner,” we’re highlighting Kenneth Frazelle — composer and pianist. The North Carolina-native’s large catalog ranges from solo piano works to choral music and songs, chamber music, orchestral works and concertos. Frazelle is also an artist specializing in watercolors! We checked-in with him to find out what he’s been doing during […] Read more »

Lee: Composer’s Corner Q & A

Welcome back to Subito’s “Composer’s Corner.” This issue features James Lee III, a sought-after composer and pianist in American contemporary music. During this challenging era of how the pandemic has effected artists, we talked with him about: composing in a virtual world; his compositional process; some of his favorite works, and the desire to “compose […] Read more »