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. […]
“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 […]
Concert: Sierra: SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO Start Date: 2019-07-05 Start Time: 00:00:00 End Date: 2019-07-06 End Time: 00:00:00 Location: Emily Kalisz, violin; Kyle P. Walker, piano Link: http://thedreamunfinished.org/events/https/wwweventbritecom/e/metlivearts-ethel-and-friends-tickets-60681292379 Concert Information: MetLiveArts (ETHEL and Friends Balcony Bar Series) Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, NY No related posts.
“[Roberto Sierra’s concerto] is surely one of the most compelling works I’ve done.” As we approach March 23, Thomas Wilkins shares some thoughts about Sierra’s Concerto for Saxophones and Orchestra as he conducts soloist James Carter and the Boston Symphony in a featured performance. Originally commissioned by the Detroit Symphony, Sierra wrote the 23-minute concerto for […]
On February 20, Roberto Sierra’s song cycle, 33 Sueños (33 Dreams) receives its American premiere presented by the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS). Programmed as part of NYFOS’ “Hyphenated-Americans” program, the 30-minute work is scored for baritone and piano and uses the texts settings of poet Juan Carlos Garvayo. (Garvayo also serves as pianist […]
“…Do something beautiful. Do something gorgeous. Do something that comes from your heart…” — Roberto Sierra Award-winning composer Roberto Sierra sat down with new music advocate Frank Oteri for a featured profile in NewMusicBox — the trailblazing online magazine for con-temporary American music. Oteri (who also serves as NewMusicBox co-editor) chatted with the composer about his long […]
On November 13, the New Juilliard Ensemble presents Roberto Sierra’s Octeto en Cuatro Tiempos (Octet in Four Tempos), led by music director Joel Sachs. Sierra’s 12-minute work was commissioned by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in celebration of the ensemble’s 40th anniversary in 2014. It is scored for clarinet, bassoon, horn, and string quintet. St. […]
“Roberto Sierra’s musical voice [is] authentic and compelling.” Violinist Emilie Anne Gendron of the Momenta Quartet shares some thoughts about the composer’s String Quartet No. 2 as the group prepares the work for its October 17 concert at the Americas Society (New York City). Programmed as part of the ensemble’s “Momenta Festival IV,” Sierra’s 14-minute […]
“Antonio Soler’s ‘Fandango’ for keyboard has always fascinated me.” Composer Roberto Sierra shares his creative insight into his popular work Fandangos, as the Wichita Symphony prepares to present it on February 17 and 18. Music director Daniel Hege conducts the work on the orchestra’s “Classics” series. The 12-minute piece was commissioned by the National Symphony […]
Roberto Sierra rang in the New Year by being honored with the Tomás Luis de Victoria Prize — the highest award given in Spain to a composer of Spanish or Latin American descent. Established in 1996 and awarded by the Society of Spanish Composers Foundation, the Victoria Prize recognizes a living composer “for his contribution to […]
“I’ve known Roberto Sierra my entire life and he is among my many musical mentors.” On the eve of his December 9 concert at the Cali School of Music’s Leshowitz Recital Hall (Montclair State University, NJ), pianist Matthew Culbertson introduces the composer’s “Vivo,” Movement No. 6 from Sierra’s new piano collection Piezas Sueltas. Sierra describes his […]
Concert: Sierra: DECIMAS Start Time: 00:00:00 Date: 2017-09-25 End Time: 00:00:00 Location: Paloma Friedhoff, soprano; Leyre Lisarri, piano Link: http://www.centrobotin.org/en/actividad/classical-music-paloma-friedhoff-soprano-leyre-lisarri-piano/ Concert Information: Centro Botín Santander, Spain No related posts.
On July 9, Joel Sachs leads the New Juilliard Ensemble in a performance of Roberto Sierra’s El Sueño de Tartini in New York City, as part of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Summergarden New Music Series. The nine-minute chamber work was composed in 2007, and was written for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano. The […]
“As a composer, I believe that I express life through music. My music is just the conduit to convey my fears, my sense of hope, as well as an optimistic outlook and belief in a positive force that guide us through life.” As June 30 approaches, Roberto Sierra muses about his creative gift and the upcoming […]
“Roberto Sierra’s Concierto Virtual is one of the most exciting pieces I’ve seen in years.” Joel Sachs, music director of the New Juilliard Ensemble, introduces Sierra’s new work on the eve of its January 20 world premiere at Lincoln Center. The premiere is a highlight the 2017 FOCUS! Festival, and is part of this year’s […]
On October 21, world renowned saxophonist James Carter joins the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Roberto Sierra’s Concerto for Saxophones. Thomas Wilkins guest conducts. Commissioned by the Detroit Symphony, Sierra wrote the 23-minute concerto for Carter who premiered it in 2002 under the baton of then-music director Neeme Järvi. The concerto blends classical and jazz […]
“It began about 15 months ago with a wonderful performance I heard featuring James Carter and Roberto Sierra’s Caribbean Rhapsody at the Oregon Symphony!” On the eve of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s August 27 world premiere of Caribbean Rhapsody’s new chamber orchestra version, conductor Sarah Ioannides shares some thoughts about Sierra’s popular work. The performance features […]
The Chicago Sinfonietta rounds out its season on May 21 and 23 with its “Cosmic Convergence” program, which features the music of two Subito composers: Michael Abels’ Global Warming and Roberto Sierra’s Jubilo. Music director Mei-Ann Chen offers some insight into the ensemble’s season finale. “[This last performance] of our season is entitled ‘Cosmic Convergence’ […]
“I have conducted over 1,700 concerts in my 43-year career. Few have excited me as much as the one I am conducting on May 15 — the world premiere of the two-piano/24-percussion instrument version of Roberto Sierra’s stunning Missa Latina, an untraditional setting of the liturgy which is simultaneously rollicking, sensual, and devout.” Harold […]
“I am drawn to Roberto Sierra’s music because of many things, but mostly [to] his use of color, energy and nuance.” Mark Scatterday — conductor (Eastman School of Music) and clinician — explains Sierra’s appeal as he highlights the composer’s music in his March 12 clinic “Transcribing for the 21st-century Wind Ensemble.” The session is […]
On February 24 and 25, the Trío Arbós joins the RTVE Orchestra (Orquesta Sinfonica de Radio y Televisión Española) in Madrid for the world premiere of Roberto Sierra’s Triple Concierto for Violin, Violoncello, Piano & Orquesta. Charles Kalmar leads both performances. Sierra shares some thoughts about his new three-movement work. “This concerto is the […]
“For me, it’s a continuous joy to perform [Roberto Sierra’s] Concerto for Saxophones…” On the eve of his German tour, James Carter — world-renowned saxophonist — shares some insight into performing Sierra’s work. Written for Carter, Concerto for Saxophones was commissioned by the Detroit Symphony and premiered in 2002 under the baton of then-music director […]
“The Eugene Symphony is thrilled to commission Roberto Sierra!” So enthuses Scott Freck, Eugene Symphony’s Executive Director, on the eve of the orchestra’s December 3 world premiere of Loiza. Music Director Danail Rachev conducts Sierra’s new nine-minute work. Freck continues. “[This commission was] part of Eugene Symphony’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, honoring the orchestra’s long-time commitment […]
On October 3 and 5, the Chicago Sinfonietta opens its 2015-16 season with performances of Roberto Sierra’s Fandangos, led by music director Mei-Ann Chen. Programmed as part of the ensemble’s “Tap In, Turn Up” program, Mei-Ann Chen shares some thoughts about Sierra’s well-known work. “Fandangos is an energetic piece that evokes the sights and […]
Concert: Sierra: FANDANGOSDate: 2015-10-15Location: Temple University Symphony OrchestraLink: http://events.temple.edu/temple-university-symphony-orchestraConcert Information: Andreas Delfs, conductor Lew Klein Hall Philadelphia, PA No related posts.
On June 4 and 6, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s season finale concerts present Roberto Sierra’s Fandangos, led by guest conductor Gregory Vajda. The 12-minute piece was commissioned by the National Symphony and received its world premiere in February 2001 conducted by Leonard Slatkin. “It was fun to work on Fandangos,” Gregory Vajda shares. “There are a […]
UPDATE: Recently, Roberto Sierra’s new choral work Cantares premiered at Carnegie Hall, and was performed by the Cornell University Glee Club and Chorus, with Leon Botstein conducting the American Symphony Orchestra. Performing arts blog “Oberon’s Grove” calls Cantares “panoramic…mystical…heavenly…[and] truly brilliant.” Read the complete review here: http://ow.ly/LUUdR “When I was asked to write Cantares, […]
From February 23 – February 27 2015, Roberto Sierra is the guest composer-in-residence at the DePauw School of Music for their annual Music of the 21st Century Festival where his works will be featured and highlighted. For a complete schedule of events and works to be performed, please visit: http://www.depauw.edu/music/events/21stcentury/2015-schedule/ No related posts.
On December 5, the 57th Annual GRAMMY Award Nominations were announced and two Subito titles received nominations for “Best Contemporary Classical Composition:” Roberto Sierra’s Sinfonía No. 4 (Naxos 8.559738) and Stephen Paulus’ Concerto For Two Trumpets & Band (MSR Classics 1506). Each nominated work is featured in its world premiere recording. Sierra’s Sinfonia No. […]
UPDATE: The Allentown Symphony’s performances of Roberto Sierra’s Montuno were enthusiastically received by audiences and critics. Steve Siegel of The Morning Call noted, “Montuno was a slinky, seductive fusion of Spanish guitar and vocal music…[which] bloomed into a vibrant series of variations, each successively more energetic before coming to an exhilarating close…” Read the […]
“In our 40th anniversary season, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble [OSL] has programmed music that both looks back on the ensemble’s history and toward its future–and the future of classical music….” And so, Orchestra of St. Luke’s Communications Manager Meredith VanBenschoten introduces us to the ensemble’s season-opening series “Through the Looking Glass,” featuring the world premiere […]
On July 20, Roberto Sierra’s new Duo Concertante premieres at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, performed by members of the New Juilliard Ensemble. Written for violin and viola, Elizabeth Derham and Jiwon Kim will present the work as part of the museum’s Summergarden concert series held at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. “The […]
On April 25th, internationally renowned conductor Leonard Slatkin leads the St. Louis Symphony in the orchestra’s first performances of Roberto Sierra’s popular work Fandangos. Bret Dorhout, the orchestra’s Vice President for Artistic Administration, comments about the upcoming series. “We had asked Leonard for suggestions for repertoire, and he suggested Fandangos…Leonard, of course, has a special […]
Concert: Sierra: FANDANGOSDate: 2014-05-04Location: Symphony Pro MusicaLink: http://www.symphonypromusica.org/season.htmlConcert Information: Mark Churchill, conductor Mill Pond School Westborough, MA No related posts.
Roberto Sierra rings in the 2013 Holiday Season with two world premieres. On December 8, the Montclair State University (MSU) Symphony Orchestra gives the first performance of Sierra’s El Baile at the John J. Cali School of Music, conducted by Kenneth Lam. Commissioned by MSU, the nine-minute orchestral work features the composer’s signature concert music-settings […]
October 20, 2013 is a big day for Roberto Sierra – he has two world premieres: Fantasía (sobre la Musica Notturna delle Strade de Madrid de Luigi Boccherini) (Fantasia on the Night Music of the Streets of Madrid of Luigi Boccherini) written for guitarist Manuel Barrueco and the Cuarteto Casals; and Montuno commissioned by the […]
Concert: Sierra: GLORIA *WORLD PREMIERE* (new adaptaton from MISSA LATINA) Date: 2013-12-10Location: Essential Voices USALink: http://www.judithclurman.com/news.htmlConcert Information: Judith Clurman, Conductor DiMenna Center New York, NY No related posts.
Concert: Sierra: CINCO BOCETOS (excerpts)Date: 2013-10-12Location: Heather Thon, clarinetLink: http://evanstonnow.com/event/entertainment/themusicalofferingorg/2013-09-29/58835/music-on-madison-the-tempest-windsConcert Information: The Tempest Winds The Musical Offering Evanston, IL No related posts.
Concert: Sierra: EROSDate: 2013-10-13Location: Rowland Sutherland, flute; Mary Dullea, pianoLink: http://www.rowlandsutherland.com/Concert Information: St George’s Bloomsbury Bloomsbury, London, England No related posts.
Concert: Sierra: FANTASIA (FOR GUITAR & STRING QUARTET) *WORLD PREMIERE* TOUR Date: 2013-10-20 Location: Manuel Barrueco, guitar; Cuarteto Casals Link: http://performingarts.ufl.edu/2013/10/20/ Concert Information: University of Florida Performing Arts Gainsville, FL No related posts.
Concert: Sierra: PEQUENO CONCIERTODate: 2014-01-26Location: Nicholas Goluses, guitar; Society for Chamber Music in RochesterLink: http://societyforchambermusicrochester.com/?page_id=231Concert Information: Memorial Art Gallery Rochester, NY No related posts.
Summer 2013 heats up for Robert Sierra with featured festival performances in Chicago — including a world premiere! On August 7, the Grant Park Music Festival offers Sierra’s Concerto for Saxophones and Orchestra to its Chicago-area audience in a concert showcasing famed soloist James Carter, conducted by Carlos Kalmar. Originally commissioned by the Detroit Symphony […]
Concert: Sierra: CUENTOS Date: 2013-05-24 Location: Sydney Conservatory Modern Music Ensemble Link: http://music.sydney.edu.au/events/conductors-39-series-scm-modern-music-ensemble-cuentos-24-05-2013 Concert Information: Daryl Pratt, conductor University of Sydney Sydney, Australia No related posts.
How would you tell a musical story in six minutes? On February 8, Roberto Sierra tells his newest story by way of Latin dance, when Mark Scatterday leads the Eastman Wind Ensemble in the world premiere of Mambo metálico. Commissioned by the ensemble, the six-minute work is scored for brass, percussion, and piano. “The mambo […]
On December 13 and 14, soprano Heidi Grant Murphy joins Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony for the world premiere of Roberto Sierra’s Navidad en la montaña (Christmas in the Mountains). Written as a cantata for solo voice and orchestra, the 30-minute, 8-movement work features texts by Virginia Sierra, and was written for Murphy […]
Concert: Sierra: SINFONIA NO. 4Date: 2013-06-15Location: Symphonic Orchestra of Puerto RicoLink: http://www.sinfonicapr.gobierno.pr/temporada.htmlConcert Information: Maximiano Valdés, conductor No related posts.
Concert: Sierra: SONATA FOR FLUTE AND PIANODate: 2012-11-21Location: Linda Chatterton, flute; Matthew McCright, pianoLink: http://www.lindachatterton.com/calendar.htmlConcert Information: Movement Three: “With gusto” Bangkok, Thailand No related posts.
Concert: Sierra: SINFONIA NO. 4Start Date: 2012-11-01End Date: 2012-11-03Location: Philadelphia OrchestraLink: http://www.philorch.org/concert/music-copland-and-gershwin?date=2012-11-01_20-00Concert Information: Giancarlo Guerro, guest-conductor No related posts.
“When Chatter considered presenting a special concert in celebration of the statehood of New Mexico, Roberto Sierra was the first thought of everyone around the table!” And so, Pamela Michaelis of Chatter 20-21 Ensemble (and president of Ensemble Music New Mexico) introduces us to Sierra’s newest chamber work Caprichos. Scored for Pierrot ensemble (flute, clarinet, […]
Concert: Sierra: ALEGRIA (arr. for band)Date: 2012-09-25Location: Indiana University Wind EnsembleLink: http://music.indiana.edu/events/#eyJtb2RlIjoiZGV0YWlsIiwiZGF0ZSI6IjIwMTIwOTI1IiwiY2F0ZWdvcnkiOm51bGwsInJlc3VsdENvdW50IjoyMCwiZXZlbnQiOiIxMjQ4NCIsInJldHVybkhhc2giOiJleUp0YjJSbElqb2laWFpsYm5STWFYTjBJaXdpWkdGMFpTSTZJakl3TVRJd09USTFJaXdpWTJGMFpXZHZjbmtpT201MWJHd3NJbkpsYzNWc2RFTnZkVzUwSWpveU1IMD0ifQ%3D%3DConcert Information: Stephen W. Pratt, Conductor Jacobs School of Music No related posts.
Concert: Sierra: SONATA FOR FLUTE AND PIANODate: 2012-09-30Location: Linda Chatterton, flute; Matthew McCright, pianoLink: http://www.lindachatterton.com/calendar.htmlConcert Information: Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church Art Gallery Minneapolis, MN No related posts.
Concert: Sierra: SONATA FOR GUITAR *New York Premiere*Date: 2013-03-09Location: Manuel Barrueco, guitarLink: http://www.92y.org/Uptown/Event/Manuel-Barrueco/BeijingGuitar.aspxConcert Information: 92nd St Y New York City No related posts.
Concert: Sierra: BONGO-O Date: 2012-09-16 Location: Boston Musica Viva Link: http://www.bmv.org/concerts_ffa12.html Concert Information: Carroll and Sons Art Gallery Boston, MA No related posts.
Concert: Sierra: FANDANGOS Date: 2012-07-27 Location: Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg Link: http://www.heidenheim.de/tourismus-kultur/online-shop/einzelansicht.html?tt_products%5Bcat%5D=21&tt_products%5Bproduct%5D=414&cHash=cjcvuofreb Concert Information: Marcus Bosch, conductor Schloss Hellenstein Festspielhaus Heidenheim, Germany No related posts.
Concert: Sierra: CONCIERTO DE CAMERA Date: 2012-07-08 Location: New Juilliard Ensemble Link: http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/programs/47 Concert Information: Joel Sachs, conductor MoMA Summergarden New Music Series New York, NY No related posts.
Concert: Sierra: CINCO BOCETOS Date: 2012-07-07 Location: Richard Faria, clarinet Link: http://www.garthnewel.org/EventDay.aspx?date=7/7/2012 Concert Information: Garth Newel Music Center Warm Springs, VA No related posts.
Concert: Sierra: CAPRICHOS *WORLD PREMIERE* Date: 2012-11-09 Location: Santa Fe, NM Link: http://nmcentennial.org/events/world-premiere-of-centennial-composition-by-roberto-sierra/ Concert Information: Ensemble Music New Mexico/Chatter 20-21 St. Francis Auditorium No related posts.
Concert: Sierra: FANDANGOS Date: 2012-09-14 Location: Lexington, KY Link: http://www.kentucky.com/2012/03/23/2123594/lexington-philharmonic-to-focus.html Concert Information: Lexington Philharmonic Scott Terrell, conductor No related posts.
Concert: Sierra: FANDANGOS Date: 2012-08-01 Location: Breckenridge, CO Link: http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kuvo/events.eventsmain?action=showEvent&eventID=1259593 Concert Information: National Repertory Chamber Orchestra Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor No related posts.
Concert: Sierra: OF DISCOVERIES (Concerto for Two Guitars and Orchestra)Date: 2012-10-06Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco, CALink: http://220.127.116.11/calendarclone/calendar.aspx?performanceID=3498Concert Information: David Tanenbaum and Marc Teicholz, guitars San Francisco Conservatory Ensembles Nicole Paiement, conductor No related posts.
It’s summertime! And, if you’re heading to “Music City,” don’t miss the Nashville Symphony’s July 6th premiere of Roberto Sierra’s Concierto para Órgano y Orquesta (Concerto for Organ & Orchestra) at the 2012 American Guild of Organists (AGO) National Convention. Commissioned by the AGO, the new organ concerto was written for soloist Todd Wilson, and […]
Concert: Sierra: LOS DESTELLOS DE LA ROSONANCIADate: 2013-02-03Location: Ludwigshafen, GermanyLink: http://basf.com/group/corporate/site-ludwigshafen/de/about-basf/worldwide/europe/Ludwigshafen/Culture/Musik/Matineen/Matineen_12_13/Duo_GerassimezConcert Information: Alexej Gerassimez, percussion Nicolai Gerassimez, piano BASF Culture Concert Feierabendhaus (BASF Clubhouse) No related posts.
Concert: Sierra: ORGAN CONCERTO *WORLD PREMIERE*Date: 2012-07-06Location: AGO 2012 ConferenceLink: http://www.nashvillesymphony.org/tickets/event/OrganExtravaganzaConcert Information: Nashville Symphony Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor Todd Wilson, organ No related posts.
Concert: Sierra: CARNAVAL Date: 2012-09-20 Location: Nashville Symphony Link: http://www.nashvillesymphony.org/tickets/event/awomanslife Concert Information: Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor Schermerhorn Symphony Center Nashville, TN No related posts.
“Roberto Sierra’s contributions to classical contemporary guitar repertoire have been outstanding!” Celebrated guitarist Joanne Castellani introduces Sierra’s concerto Folias, which will be featured on June 9th at the Buffalo Philharmonic’s final concert of the 2012 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition. Castellani — along with festival co-artistic director Michael Andriaccio (of The Castellani Andriaccio Duo) […]
On March 20th, Spring officially arrives! On March 22nd, Robert Sierra’s Mambo 7/16 arrives in New York City with the Artisan Quartet, when they feature it in their Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall. “The Artisan Quartet first performed Mambo 7/16 last June at the Victoria Bach Festival in Texas,” explains violinist Paula Bird. […]
A Tropical Night in Puerto Rico From November 7 – 12, 2011, the Arcos Trio celebrates all things music, art and culture during its Latin American Chamber Music Festival hosted by Lawrence University (WI). On the 10th, the group offers the world premiere of guest composer-in-residence Roberto Sierra’s Trio No. 4, “La noche.”This new trio […]
A South American and World Premiere for Two Sierra Works August 9 — Roberto Sierra’s Cuentos will receive its South American premiere in San Paolo, Brazil by the cutting-edge, contemporary music ensemble Camera Aberta. Specializing in contemporary music, this versatile San Paolo-based group of 16 musicians will be conducted by Joel Sachs. Sierra’s Cuentos for […]
Sierra’s Caribbean Rhapsody, Featuring James Carter on Saxophone, Receives Rave Reviews! Named Jazz Station’s Instrumental CD of the month, Caribbean Rhapsody is the decade-long collaboration and first recording together of jazz virtuoso James Carter and Subito composer Roberto Sierra. Sierra’s Concerto for Saxophones and Orchestra, originally composed for Carter and premiered in Detroit in 2002, […]
Naxos Releases 2011 Roberto Sierra CD: Piano Trios Nos. 1-3 / Fanfarria, aria y movimiento perpetuo Piano Trios Nos. 1-3 / Fanfarria, aria y movimiento perpetuo is the latest CD from composer Roberto Sierra to be released by Naxos. Recorded by the Spanish chamber ensemble Trio Arbós, this 2011 release showcases not only Latin and […]
May 12 Concert Features World Premiere of Roberto Sierra’s New Work, Cuarteto para cuerdas No. 2.Commissioned by Symphony Space for La Catrina Quartet. La Catrina Quartet will make its only New York appearances of the season on Symphony Space’s Sonidos Series. The acclaimed Mexican-American quartet will be presented in a full-length concert on Thursday, May […]
Baltimore Symphony offers hot program with Juanjo Mena, Augustin Hadelich Review by Tim Smith The intrepid folks who ventured out Thursday night to Meyerhoff Hall heard a most rewarding concert by the Baltimore Symphony. The repeats there Friday night or Saturday at Strathmore would be well worth braving the black ice for. Every guest appearance […]