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 »

Hemphill: Rediscovering Julius Hemphill

“I think music as we know it, is autobiographical.” – Julius Hemphill With New World Records’ recent 7-disc release of Julius Hemphill’s The Boyé Multi-National Crusade For Harmony (ASIN : B08SP172PM), it’s time to celebrate and rediscover this singular American voice. Hemphill (1938-1995) — composer, performer, and improviser of the New Jazz movement — gained […] Read more »

Zaimont: Born to Write Music

“When I was growing up…nobody ever told me that any women wrote music. Did it stop me? No. I knew I was born to write music…” Judith Lang Zaimont – award-winning composer and pianist – is featured in the March 2021 edition of NewMusicBox (NMBx). Zaimont chats with NMBx Composer Advocate Frank Oteri and talks […] Read more »

In Memoriam: Chick Corea

“Like a runner loves to run because it feels good, I like to play the piano because it feels good.” — Chick Corea We are saddened by the passing of jazz legend Chick Corea (1941 – 2021). With a career spanning five decades, the Massachusetts-native was a prolific artist and one of the most popular […] Read more »