Frazelle: A Wonderful Journey

“It’s been a wonderful journey.” And so, choreographer Gary Taylor offers enthusiastic insight into his new ballet “From Appalachia,” which is set to nine excerpts from Kenneth Frazelle’s Appalachian Songbooks 1 and 2. The ballet — presented by the Piedmont Opera — will be premiered by the Winston-Salem Festival Ballet as part of the “Echos […] Read more »

Lee: Principal Brothers Premieres

On October 11, celebrated clarinetist Anthony McGill premieres James Lee III’s Principal Brothers No. 3 with pianist Gloria Chien in a live-streamed concert. The performance will be presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Written for McGill (principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic), the five-and-a-half-minute piece is the third in Lee’s new group of […] Read more »

Primiani: Composers Corner Q & A

Welcome back to “Composers Corner.” In this edition, we’re chatting with composer – and conductor – Leanna Primiani as she talks about what she’s been doing during Covid-19: working old-school with pen/pencil to paper as well as using technology, being a woman in a traditionally male field; writing film scores, and balancing a family in […] Read more »

Locklair: Composers Corner Q & A

Dan Locklair

In this “Composers Corner” post, we’ll be talking with Dan Locklair — composer, performer, and educator. He shares his thoughts about composing, teaching, and performing during a pandemic, and fondly muses about writing for the voice and how he has “always relished the challenge and satisfaction of creating a piece of music in which a […] Read more »

In Memoriam: Steve Rauch

It is with much sadness we note the passing of Steve Rauch, a passionate innovator and leader in the field of classical music publishing. After a distinguished and respected career working at Warner Brothers Music, JW Pepper, and serving as a vice president at the Hal Leonard Corporation, Rauch retired and began his own business […] Read more »

Kander: Composers Corner Q & A

Welcome back to “Composers Corner,” where you can better get to know our composers and gain some insight into their thoughts on creating music while they look forward to moving ahead and beyond these challenging times. Today, we’re featuring Susan Kander, whose catalog includes a wide range of genres. She is the composer of such […] Read more »

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 »