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 »