Zaimont: Important & Groundbreaking

From February 14-19, 2021, The University of South Florida (USF) School of Music (Tampa, FL) presents Judith Lang Zaimont in a virtual composer-residency, hosted by the school’s New-Music Consortium. Zaimont’s residency includes: an interview with local station Classical WSMR; a presentation to the USF Composition Department, and a portrait concert of her music featuring three […] Read more »

Primiani: Gaudete Holiday Premiere

“After this incredibly challenging year of a worldwide pandemic, I’m looking looking ahead to next year and looking forward to enjoying hearing my music premiered during the 2020 Holiday Season.” And so, composer Leanna Primiani introduces us to Gaudete, her newest orchestral work, which receives its premiere on December 10 by the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra […] Read more »

Silverman: Intertwining Clarinets Premiere

Faye-Ellen Silverman

On November 16, Faye-Ellen Silverman’s chamber work Intertwining Clarinets receives its (in-person and live-stream) premiere (via Facebook) by the NY-based Licorice Clarinet Quartet. Presented by Composers Concordance, and in conjunction with William Patterson University’s New Music Series (Wayne, NJ), Intertwining Clarinets will be featured on the “Clarinet Motion” program, which will focus attention on both […] Read more »

Sierra: Composers Corner Q & A

Welcome back to “Composers Corner.” This edition features award-winning composer Roberto Sierra, as we talk with him about being a Latino composer and how it informs his music, “the magic of hearing the first rehearsal of an orchestral piece,” as well as his observations about the American cultural landscape and his optimism about the future. […] Read more »

Kander: DWB NY Premiere

On October 23, Susan Kander’s chamber opera dwb (driving while black) receives its New York premiere — via virtual performance — presented by Baruch Performing Arts Center in Manhattan. The 45-minute, one-woman monodrama originally premiered in fall 2018 at the Lawrence Arts Center in Kansas. With stage direction by Chip Miller, the production features original […] Read more »

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 »