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 […]
“Creating a piece to Paul Moravec’s music feels so natural.” On the eve of the premiere of the ballet “Scorpio Desert,” dancer (NYC Ballet) and choreographer Preston Chamblee talks about his latest project which was created in collaboration with the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer. The new one-movement, 13-minute ballet is scored for flute, clarinet, horn, trombone, […]
Paul Moravec’s Sanctuary Road is a perfect work for starting meaningful conversations about equality, race, and the meaning of freedom.” And so Rossen Milanov, music director of the Columbus Symphony, shares some insight into the orchestra’s upcoming October 11 and 12 performances of Moravec’s oratorio during its American Festival. Sanctuary Road is written for five […]
On May 1, Opera America presents “Creators in Concert” featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec. This up-close-and-personal evening showcases an informal talk focusing on the composer’s creative process. Mark Scorca, Opera America’s president and CEO, hosts. The event also features musical excerpts from Moravec’s critically acclaimed opera The Shining (Minnesota Opera, 2016 – based directly […]
“…Love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor.” Romans 12:10 (NRSV) On March 17, Mark Hyczko — music director of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Westfield, NJ) — leads the parish choir in the premiere of Paul Moravec’s newest choral work Rejoice in Hope. Scored for solo bass, SATB choir and […]
On August 19, Paul Moravec’s new vocal chamber work A New Country premieres at the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, featuring soloist Jennifer Johnson Cano. Commissioned by the festival to celebrate its 35th anniversary theme, “Destination America,” the five-movement piece is scored for mezzo-soprano, flute, violin, viola, cello, and piano. The work showcases notable texts by […]
“…Sanctuary Road is more important than ever.” Mark Campbell, librettist As the Oratorio Society of New York prepares for its May 7 world premiere of Paul Moravec’s Sanctuary Road, Campell introduces us the composer’s newest choral work. The 45-minute piece was commissioned by the ensemble and the premiere takes place at Carnegie Hall led by Kent […]
“One of the many things I love about Paul Moravec’s Shakuhachi Concerto is its beautiful lyricism.” And so, shakuhachi soloist James Nyoraku Schlefer sets the scene as he joins the Sybarite5 ensemble on April 15 and 16 for two New York City performances of the concerto. Originally written as a chamber piece for shakuhachi […]
“Paul Moravec’s orchestral score for his opera The Shining is lush, colorful, and totally evocative of the drama throughout.” On the eve of the South Dakota Symphony’s April 7 performance of Moravec’s The Overlook Hotel Suite, music director Delta David Gier offers a glimpse into the composer’s musical language and imagination. The Shining was commissioned […]
“Paul Moravec’s Mass in D [is a] demanding piece [that is] profoundly rewarding.” Bach Festival Society (Winter Park, FL) music director Dr. John Sinclair shares some thoughts about Moravec’s music before the ensemble’s upcoming February 17 portrait concert. The program also features two additional choral works: I Will Fear No Evil and Songs of Love and War. […]
This December, Paul Moravec rings in the 2016 Holiday Season with two world premieres. On December 2, the Harvard Glee Club and Radcliffe Choral Society present the first performance of Moravec’s newest choral work Winter Songs. The three-movement work features texts by Robert Burns, Emily Dickinson, and William Shakespeare. Music director Andrew Clark conducts the Winter Songs […]
“Paul Moravec’s new work The Overlook Hotel Suite is fantastic!” George Manahan, Music Director of the American Composers Orchestra, introduces us to Moravec’s new orchestral piece, as he looks forward to leading the October 28 world premiere at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. The Overlook Hotel Suite is based on Moravec’s critically acclaimed new opera The […]
“Light Shall Lift Us” has a simplistic yet profoundly, fulfilling beauty in text and music alike.” And so, Gabriel Preisser — Executive & Artistic Director of Opera Orlando — introduces Paul Moravec’s newest choral work which premieres on September 11 at the Walt Disney Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Light […]
“We, the Orchestra of the League of Composers, programmed Paul Moravec’s Sempre Diritto! because it is such an ebullient, upbeat burst of energy — and [it is] masterfully composed.” Music Director Louis Karchin enthuses on the eve of the orchestra’s June 1 season finale concert. The concert takes place at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre as […]
The reviews are in! On May 7, the Minnesota Opera premiered Paul Moravec’s opera The Shining to excited and enthusiastic cheers. Opening night played to a packed, standing-room only crowd filled with eager young opera-goers and seasoned opera-veterans alike. Based directly on author Stephen King’s 1977 best-selling novel, the opera featured a libretto by […]
“Bringing a new work into the world and contributing to the operatic repertoire is among the great thrills in my life. The team putting together [The Shining] — this fast-paced and dynamic project — bring the audience straight into the hearts and souls of these intriguing characters.” — Michael Christie, Minnesota Opera conductor It’s almost […]
“The Shining is a horror story, but it is also much more than that, because it is dimensional, psychological and, perhaps most importantly, believable.” Eric Simonson, stage director of the Minnesota Opera’s upcoming premiere of Paul Moravec’s new opera, shares some thoughts about bringing the story to life on stage. The Shining is based after […]
“For me, a libretto is just the architecture of the story.” As we move closer to the Minnesota Opera’s world premiere of Paul Moravec’s newest opera The Shining, librettist Mark Campbell offers his perspective on bringing Stephen King’s 1977 best-selling novel to life. Commissioned by the opera company, The Shining is based directly on King’s […]
“Music, Awake! will enjoy a permanent place in the repertoire of American orchestral and choral works.” Michael Murphy, Trustee Emeritus of the Bach Festival Society (Winter Park, FL), introduces us to Paul Moravec’s newest choral work which premieres on April 16 and 17. Music, Awake! was commissioned by the ensemble’s board of directors to celebrate […]
It’s April 1st and it’s about a little over a month until the Minnesota Opera’s May 7th world premiere of Paul Moravec’s new work The Shining. Commissioned by the Minneosta Opera as part of its New Works Initiative, the opera is based on Stephen King’s 1977 best-selling novel and features a libretto by Mark […]
From March 3 – 20, the Carolina Ballet revives artistic director Robert Weiss’ setting of Paul Moravec’s Pulitzer Prize-winning score Tempest Fantasy. Weiss’ ballet originally premiered in 2006, and this is Carolina Ballet’s third reprisal. This season’s production is part of the company’s “Shakespeare Festival” commemorating the quadricentennial of The Bard’s death. Weiss was introduced […]
“Paul Moravec’s Chamber Symphony has a fresh, modern sound and sophisticated pacing.” As the Dallas Chamber Symphony’s February 16 concert approaches, Richard McKay — the ensemble’s artistic director –- reflects on programming Moravec’s work for the performance. As any artistic director will say, it takes time and planning to find the right music to […]
On January 22, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project presents the Boston premiere of Paul Moravec’s Brandenburg Gate as part of its winter program “The New Brandenburgs.” Music director Gil Rose conducts the concert at NEC’s Jordan Hall. Commissioned in 2006 by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Moravec’s Brandenburg Gate was part of the ensemble’s “New Brandenburg […]
From November 17 -20, the Minnesota Opera hosted an orchestral workshop and reading of Paul Moravec’s new opera The Shining, conducted by music director Michael Christie. Based on Stephen King’s 1977 best-selling novel, the opera features a libretto by Mark Campbell and was commissioned by the Minnesota Opera as part of its New Works Initiative […]
On October 28, the Choir and Orchestra of St. Ignatius Loyola (New York, NY) performs Stephen Paulus’ Voices of Light. Music director K. Scott Warren conducts the work as part of St. Ignatius’ “Sacred Music in a Sacred Space” concert series. Voices of Light was commissioned by Westminster Choir College of Rider University (NJ) to […]
Concert: Moravec: VINCE & JAN: 1945Date: 2015-10-03Location: DecodaLink: http://decodamusic.org/calendar/2015/10/3/musical-portraitsConcert Information: “Musical Portraits” Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, NY No related posts.
“We are thrilled to perform Paul Moravec’s music.” And so, Janz Castelo — artistic director of the Buffalo Chamber Players — shares the ensemble’s enthusiasm on the eve of their September 25th “Evening with Paul Moravec” at St. Bonaventure University Quick Center for the Arts. The portrait concert features a pre-concert talk with the composer, […]
“Paul Moravec was the perfect choice for the project.” And so, Jonathan Yates – music director of the 2015 Music Mountain Summer Music Festival (Falls Village, CT) – offers some insight into Moravec’s new string quartet Dialogue. “We’re absolutely thrilled to be bringing Paul’s Dialogue to life. As a rule, the Enso Quartet loves working […]
“Paul Moravec is one of my favorite composers of orchestral music.” On March 5, music director Gil Rose leads the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) in a performance of Moravec’s oratorio The Blizzard Voices, joined by vocal soloists and the New England Conservatory Concert Choir. The Blizzard Voices is based on Pulitzer Prize-winning poet […]
“The poetry of The Psalms clearly transcends barriers of time and space….” And so, the international foundation Soli Deo Gloria (SDG) explains the inspiration behind its “Psalms Project,” which is sponsoring the November 2014 world premiere performances of Paul Moravec’s new choral work I Will Fear No Evil. Commissioned by SDG, I Will Fear […]
UPDATE: Minnesota Opera’s first workshops of Paul Moravec’s new opera The Shining went very well, and everyone involved was pleased. Here’s a snapshot from the sessions. Read the original story below. From October 12 – 15, 2014, the Minnesota Opera begins its first series of workshops of Paul Moravec’s new opera The […]
Oboist Lisa Kozenko really enjoys Paul Moravec’s music! So on August 8, she will present “Dialogues: New York Composer Paul Moravec and his Oboe Sextet,” as part of the 2014 International Double Reed Society Conference (IDRS) at New York University’s KimmelCenter. The lecture/recital will also draw attention to Moravec’s other chamber works which feature […]
On May 29, the Nashville Ballet premieres Paul Moravec’s new work Amorisms. Created for the company’s “Emergence” series which features new dance pieces, Amorisms was co-commissioned by the ballet along with ALIAS Chamber Ensemble and the choral group Portara Ensemble. The new ballet features choreography by Gina Patterson. (On May 7, ALIAS and Portara […]
“The scope and range of Paul Moravec’s Montserrat is a fantastic challenge for the cello and cellist.” And so, performer Jameson Platte introduces us to Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Moravec’s 17-minute work Montserrat: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra—the composer’s homage to renowned Spanish cellist and educator Pablo Casals. On January 26, Platte performs the work with […]
“Everybody in America knows who Benjamin Franklin was, more or less, and most people even have a pretty good idea of what he looked like. But William Franklin, Ben’s illegitimate son, is known only to those who are well read in American history….” And so, librettist Terry Teachout introduces us to the subjects of his […]
You know the old saying, “When in Rome…?” Well, that’s what Paul Moravec is doing this spring as he serves a composer-residency at the American Academy in Rome. Founded in 1894, the organization supports innovative artists of the fine arts and humanities by fostering creative work in an atmosphere conducive to intellectual and artistic […]
Concert: Moravec: PIANO QUARTET *NEW YORK PREMIERE* Date: 2013-11-09 Location: Garth Newel Piano Quartet Link: http://www.garthnewel.org/EventDay.aspx?date=11/9/2013 Concert Information: Weill Recital Hall Carnegie Hall New York, NY No related posts.
RESCHEDULED — NEW DATE: March 5, 2013. On March 5, 2013, Paul Moravec’s choral work The Blizzard Voices receives its New York premiere when Kent Tritle conducts The Oratorio Society of New York in its “American Voices” concert at Carnegie Hall. Originally scheduled in November 2012 for the ensemble’s season-opening performance, the concert was postponed […]
Concert: Moravec: TEMPEST FANTASYDate: 2013-03-03Location: Kentucky Center Chamber PlayersLink: http://www.kyccp.org/Schedule.htmlConcert Information: Comstock Concert Hall University of Louisville Louisville, KY 3:00pm No related posts.
Concert: Moravec: CAPITOL UNKNOWNS *New York Premiere* Date: 2012-10-02 Location: MACE (Mannes American Composers Ensemble) Link: http://www.newschool.edu/mannes/events.aspx?id=83770 Concert Information: Lowell Liebermann, conductor No related posts.
From October 16 – 20, the 2012 San Antonio International Piano Competition hosts the first performances of Paul Moravec’s new piano work Upsparkles. Upsparkles is a five-minute piece which was commissioned by the competition, and serves as this year’s featured new work that will be performed by the contestants. Moravec notes that Upsparkles was inspired […]
Concert: Moravec: SONGSDate: 2012-09-15Location: Carole Farley, soprano; Paul Moravec pianoLink: http://www.symphonyspace.org/event/7584-carole-farley-friends-the-art-of-american-songConcert Information: New York Chamber Music Festival Symphony Space New York City No related posts.
Concert: Moravec: MORPHDate: 2012-11-04Location: Orchestra for a New CenturyLink: http://orchestraforanewcentury.comConcert Information: Gary Schneider, conductor Dorothy Young Center for the Arts Drew University Madison, NJ No related posts.
Concert: Moravec: UPSPARKLES *WORLD PREMIERE*Date: 2012-10-20Location: San Antonio International Piano CompetitionLink: http://www.saipc.org/Concert Information: San Antonio, TX No related posts.
Concert: Moravec: TEMPEST FANTASYDate: 2012-10-14Location: Music from Copland House ensembleLink: http://www.coplandhouse.org/events-and-tickets/Concert Information: Copland House at Merestead Mount Kisco, NY No related posts.
Concert: Moravec: I THINK ABOUT YOUDate: 2012-09-14Location: Anthony De Mare, pianoLink: http://www.umkc.edu/calendar/#/?i=2Concert Information: Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim” Project White Recital Hall, Olson Center for Performing Arts University of Missouri at Kansas City No related posts.
Concert: Moravec: TEMPEST FANTASYDate: 2012-09-06Location: NOVUS NY EnsembleLink: http://www.trinitywallstreet.org/calendar/2012/09/06/concerts-at-one/Concert Information: Julian Wachner, conductor Trinity Church Wall Street, NY No related posts.
Concert: Moravec: PIANO QUINTET *WORLD PREMIERE* Date: 2012-07-19 Location: Garth Newel Piano Quartet Link: http://www.garthnewel.org Concert Information: Garth Newel Music Center Warm Springs, VA No related posts.
Concert: Northern Lights Electric Date: 2012-10-27 Location: Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, Winter Park, FL Link: http://www.bachfestivalflorida.org/season/2012/06/modern-masterworks Concert Information: Bach Festival Society of Winter Park John v. Sinclair, conductor No related posts.
On July 21, Paul Moravec’s new Piano Quartet receives its world premiere at Garth Newel Music Center inWarm Springs,VA. Commissioned by Garth Newel, the four-movement, 20-minute work will be performed by the Center’s resident ensemble—the Garth Newel Piano Quartet. Moravec will attend the premiere and will interact with audience members during an informal pre-concert talk. […]
“I have been a fan of Paul’s music for some time.” So shares James Nyoraku Schlefer — shakuhachi flute specialist –- on the eve of the New York premiere of Paul Moravec’s new Shakuhachi Quintet. Commissioned by and written for Schlefer and Kyo-Shin-An Arts, the 16-minute, three-movement work is scored for shakuhachi flute and string […]
Sonic Possibilities & Exploration of Sound Paul Moravec’s spring calendar is full! On March 29th, his new Wind Symphony receives its world premiere by the University of Florida Concert Band (Gainesville) led by David Waybright. “It’s terrific to have an award-winning composer of Paul’s stature write a new work for the repertoire,” Waybright shares. “It’s […]
What’s Composer Paul Moravec up to this Summer? Paul Moravec kicked off his busy summer itinerary at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, where his 45-minute chamber work, The Time Gallery , was featured in John Kennedy’s Music in Time (MIT) Series. From South Carolina, the Pulitzer Prize-winner headed out to the mountains of New Hampshire, […]
Center City Opera Theater to Premiere Danse Russe by Paul Moravec On April 28-30, 2011 Center City Opera Theater will premiere Danse Russe at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center. Danse Russe is a new one-act, vaudeville-style opera, with music by Pulitzer-prize winning composer Paul Moravec, based on an original libretto created by Wall Street Journal drama critic […]
Paul Moravec Composes Eisenhower Round for NPR’s Mr. President Series Subito’s Paul Moravec, along with 15 other composers, is featured in a new project simply titled Mr. President. Choral conductor and educator Judith Clurman commissioned these 16 contemporary composers to write short choral pieces based on the words of American presidents. In celebration of President’s […]