James Lee III: Truly Unique and Remarkable

“James Lee III’s voice is truly unique and unmistakably his.” And so, Eric Jacobsen – the Orlando Philharmonic’s Music Director – offers some insight into the ensemble’s upcoming February 24, 2024 Florida premiere of Lee’s piano concerto Shades of Unbroken Dreams. The performance showcases soloist Alexandra Dariescu, and Mei-Ann Chen guest-conducts. Shades of Unbroken Dreams […]

Susan Kander

Susan Kander: DBW in Fort Worth

On February 16, 2024, the Fort Worth Opera presents composer Susan Kander and librettist’s Roberta Gumbel’s chamber opera dwb (*driving while black*), directed by Ayvaunn Penn. The production features soprano Marsha Thompson in the role of The Mother, joined by cellist Cremaine Booker and percussionist David Verin. Dwb is a 45-minute, one-woman monodrama that originally […]

Paul Moravec: Sanctuary Road – Shout from Every Rooftop

“Shout from every rooftop. Loud as can be: free.’” – Mark Campbell, librettist, Sanctuary Road On January 26 and 28, 2024, the Virginia Opera presents a staged version of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec and fellow Pulitzer-winner librettist Mark Campell’s acclaimed oratorio Sanctuary Road. Kimille Howard directs, and Everett McCorvey conducts both performances at the […]

James Lee III: Three Outstanding Women

“This is a concerto based on three outstanding women activists.” – James Lee III On January 6, 2024, English horn soloist Darci Gamerl begins her concert programming for the New Year when she joins the Augusta Symphony Orchestra in the premiere of James Lee III’s new concerto Courageous Lights. Dirk Meyer conducts the premiere at […]

James Lee III: Important and Outstanding

“I am so grateful to James Lee III for entrusting me with such an important and outstanding piece of music.” – Alexandra Dariescu On November 9, 2023, pianist Alexandra Dariescu premieres the composer’s new piano concerto Shades of Unbroken Dreams with the Detroit Symphony, led by Fabien Gabel. The three-movement, 34-minute work was commissioned by […]

Michael Abels: A Great Privilege

“It’s a great privilege to bring Omar to San Francisco.” And so notes Matthew Shilvock, General Director of the San Francisco Opera, on the eve of the opera company’s November 5, 2023 performance of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Michael Abels – and fellow Pulitzer Prize-winning co-composer/librettist Rhiannon Giddens’ – opera, Omar. The work was commissioned by […]

Composer Dan Locklair

Dan Locklair: A Magical, Musical Partnership

On November 5, 2023, composer Dan Locklair conducts his Requiem in Lynchburg, VA. The concert is an All Saints’ Day Concert with the St. John’s Choir, the Cantate Youth and Children’s Choir, soloists, string orchestra and organ, played by Peggy Haas Howell. The nine-movement, 45-minute work is set in English and uses elements of the […]

Composer, Faye-Ellen Silverman

Faye-Ellen Silverman: October’s 3 for 3

Composer Faye-Ellen Silverman’s October 2023 schedule is full with three world premieres in New York City—one of which features the composer performing her own music! On October 14, Silverman premieres her new solo piano work Embracing the Woman in Red as part of Composers Concordance 40th anniversary season. As a composer/performer, Silverman notes, “Since I […]

Subito Music Corp

Randi Driscoll: Composer’s Corner Q & A

Welcome back to Composer’s Corner, Subito Music’s informal composer-chat series. This time, we’re featuring Randi Driscoll, an award-winning singer/songwriter whose noted, original songs “What Matters” and “Love is Love” are part of the Yelton Rhodes Music catalog, a collection that features choral music for GALA choruses. Subito Music is the exclusive distributor of Yelton Rhodes […]

Paul Moravec: The Shining in the ATL, Part 2

On September 15, 2023, the Atlanta Opera began its 11-performance run of composer Paul Moravec and librettist’s Mark Campbell’s opera The Shining, directly based on Stephen King’s celebrated 1977 novel. It was so popular that the production sold-out; so, they added an additional 12th performance at the Alliance Theatre! The “pleasingly macabre” production’s opening night […]