Primiani: Prize Winner

Congratulations to Leanna Primiani who has been chosen as a recipient of this year’s Women Composers Readings and Commissions Program. An initiative of the League of American Orchestras, the commissioning program is administered in partnership with the American Composers Orchestra (ACO) and supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. “This vital program,” notes Jesse Rosen, […] Read more »

Abels: Composers Corner Q&A

Welcome to “Composers Corner,” Subito’s series of composer talks…a way to better get to know our composers. During this unsettling COVID-19 pandemic, they’ll share how — as creators — they’ve been affected by it, what projects they’ve been working on, along with some of their personal interests. They’ll offer a glimpse and some insight into […] Read more »

Frazelle: Through the Window Premieres

“It’s wonderful to be able to present a virtual premiere.” — Kenneth Frazelle On June 20, the Mallarme Chamber Players present the online world premiere of Kenneth Frazelle’s new song cycle Through the Window. Commissioned by the ensemble, the 11-movement, 46-minute work is scored for soprano, cello (or viola) and piano and features texts by […] Read more »

Lee: Theodore Front Page

This month, James Lee III is the featured composer on the home page of music dealer Theodore Front. “Each month, Theodore Front Musical Literature features works by a contemporary living composer whose recent activities, we believe, deserve recognition. While they are busy making great music, fulfilling commission requests, preparing their scores for upcoming performances, frequently […] Read more »

Abels: Falling Sky Premieres

February 5 brings the world premiere of Michael Abels’ first ballet Falling Sky, which features choreography by international dancer and choreographer Patrick de Bana. Commissioned by Butler University (Indianapolis, Indiana), the four-movement, 20-minute work is scored for concert band and will be performed by the Butler Ballet. Col. Michael Colburn conducts six spotlighted performances as […] Read more »

Frazelle: A Local Treasure

“Ken Frazelle is a local treasure here in Winston Salem.” As the Winston Salem Symphony prepares for its New Year’s performances of Kenneth Frazelle’s Shivaree, general manager Travis Creed offers some insight into the orchestra’s first program of 2020. The 11-minute work was co-commissioned by the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Santa Rosa Symphony, and premiered […] Read more »

Sierra: Working with Pacho

“Working with Pacho Flores was really great!” And so, composer Roberto Sierra introduces us to the soloist of his new trumpet concerto Salseando (Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra). The three-movement, 18-minute work premieres on January 9, performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra led by Domingo Hindoyan. “I would say that Salseando is traditional in […] Read more »

Lee: “Sukkot” at the Chicago Symphony

From November 21 – 24, the Chicago Symphony performs James Lee III’s Sukkot Through Orion’s Nebula conducted by Juanjo Mena. Commissioned by the Sphinx Organization, Lee’s ten-minute orchestral work premiered in October 2011 at the New World Symphony, led by Michael Tilson Thomas. Lee describes Sukkot Through Orion’s Nebula as “…a festive work for orchestra,” […] Read more »

Frazelle: Songs of War

“Kenneth Frazelle’s Songs of War brings Paul Green’s poetry and diaries to life in a rich and poignant choral work.”  And so, Susan Klebanow, music director of the Carolina Choir, introduces us to the composer’s new piece which premieres on November 23 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Commissioned by The Paul […] Read more »

KNIGHT: Seventh Day of the Seventh Moon

On October 24, the enhakē chamber ensemble begins its fall mini-tour of Edward Knight’s work Seventh Day of the Seventh Moon at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh. Scored for clarinet, violin, cello and piano, Seventh Day of the Seventh Moon was commissioned by the ensemble at the request of its pianist Eun-Hee Park. Knight […] Read more »