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  • University of British Columbia performs major work for choir and orchestra: A Song of Joys by Stephen Chatman

    Jonathan Girard led the UBC Symphony Orchestra and Choirs in a performance of Stephen Chatman’s newly released major work for SATB Chorus divisi, timpani and percussion soli, and orchestra, A Song of Joys. The performance was presented as part of the 20th Anniversary of the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on April 8, 2017. Galaxy Music is pleased to offer this work on our website and through music retailers worldwide.

    Click here to watch the UBC performance of A Song of Joys.

    Program notes by Tara Wohlberg:
    A Song of Joys was commissioned by the Calgary Philharmonic Society with assistance from the Canada Council. The 21-minute work in seven movements, premiered in Calgary on May 2, 2014, was originally conceived as a companion work to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Based on fragments of Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass,” this piece shares several characteristics with the Beethoven masterpiece, including identical orchestral instrumentation and a critical role of the chorus.  More importantly, both works celebrate humanity and the spirit of love: the universal brotherhood of man through joy and the love of the heavenly father. From Whitman’s opening line, “O to make the most jubilant song!” to his concluding lines, 'With the love of comrades, With the life-long love of comrades,' the spirit of love, universal brotherhood, transcendentalism, and joy pervades the work.

    A Song of Joys features two instrumental soloists—the timpanist and percussionist playing a vast array of percussion instruments. The work is unique in that it balances two distinct entities:  a frequently virtuosic, multi-timbral, poly-stylistic 'double concerto' versus large chorus with soli and orchestra. These two elements are either separated or combined throughout the contrasting movements. Two movements (“One Hour to Madness and Joy!” and “I dance with the dancers”) feature timpani and percussion soli with orchestra only.  The final movement, “With the love of comrades,” builds to the resounding climax of the work.             

    Work details at a glance:
    Difficulty: Medium
    Instrumentation: 3[1.2.pic] 2 2 3[] – 4 2 3 0 – timp+1 – str
    Duration: 20:00

    A Song of Joys




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  • Modern Classics: Michael Trotta's Seven Last Words - MidAmerica Productions

    "Michael John Trotta is an award-winning composer of choral music whose latest work, Seven Last Words, will be given its NY premiere in Carnegie Hall on May 27, 2017 as part of MidAmerica Productions’ 34th concert season. This will be the first time that Trotta will conduct his own composition in a MidAmerica Productions Carnegie Hall concert. We spoke with him to learn more about the piece and how he approaches his compositions."

    Read Manhattan Concert Production's interview with Michael John Trotta, an award-winning composer whose latest work will be given its NY premiere in Carnegie Hall on May 27, 2017.

    Source: Modern Classics: Michael Trotta's Seven Last Words - MidAmerica Productions

  • Robert Ward: Roman Fever at Peabody Conservatory

    JoAnn Kulesza, music director

    Contemporary American Opera Scenes

    Nico Muhly: Dark Sisters
    Gian Carlo Menotti: The Consul
    Robert Ward: Roman Fever
    Thomas Pasatieri: Hotel Casablanca
    Mark Lanz Weiser: The Place Where You Started


    Source: Contemporary American Opera Scenes | Hub

  • New Keyboard Music is Here!


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    New Keyboard Music

  • New book: Vox Humana

    New book celebrates life and legacy of The American Organist column, Vox Humana

     MorningStar Music Publishers is pleased to announce the release of collected articles by veteran organist, Haig Mardirosian. Vox Humana is Mardirosian’s column in The American Organist, the official journal of the American Guild of Organists and the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America, which ran monthly for exactly a decade from 2003 to 2013.

    Haig Mardirosian (b. 1947, New York City) is Dean of the College Arts and Letters at the University of Tampa. He has earned international standing as a composer, conductor, concert organist, and recording artist. He has performed in important international festivals and has 20 recordings to his credit on various labels in the United States and Europe. As a writer and critic, Mardirosian has contributed nearly 1,500 reviews and features to a variety of publications. He also serves as director of the Editorial Resources Committee of the American Guild of Organists.

    Appearing in an annotated collection for the first time here, Mardirosian creates an image encompassing both the breadth and depth of the instrument and profession through humor, memory, business, liturgy, and, of course, artistry. This reflection of the organ and those who play it is an essential read for those searching for perspective or new ideas, as well as those looking for understanding, nostalgia, or a bit of humor.

    Paperback. 152 pages.

  • New recording: Revelations

    New recording featuring The Jupiter String Quartet, Bruce Brubaker & the music of Su Lian Tan: Revelations

    Arsis Audio is thrilled to announce the release of a new recording of chamber works composed by Su Lian Tan, Revelations. The recording features the musicianship of the award-winning Jupiter String Quartet and renowned pianist Bruce Brubaker.

    The Composer
    Su Lian TanSu Lian Tan is a much sought after flutist and composer whose music has been described as “the stunner of the evening,” (Washington Post). Making her first recordings at the age of 14, she has recently been featured in Flute Talk and the American Record Guide. Tan has been commissioned by groups such as the Grammy-winning Takacs String Quartet, Da Capo Chamber Players, and the Meridian Arts Ensemble. Much of her music is published by E. C. Schirmer Music Company. Tan is Professor of Music at Middlebury College where she continues to be a mentor to talented young musicians.

    The Musicians

    Jupiter String Quartet

    The Jupiter String Quartet is a particularly intimate group, consisting of violinists Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel (older sister of Meg), and cellist Daniel McDonough (husband of Meg, brother-in-law of Liz). Formed in 2002, the members of this tightly-knit ensemble make it their mission to spread a love of chamber music through both performing and teaching. In addition to touring throughout the United States and abroad, the Jupiters are Artists-in-Residence at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where they maintain private studios and run the string chamber music program. The quartet places a strong emphasis on developing relationships with future classical music audiences through outreach work in schools and other educational performances. They believe that chamber music, because of the intensity of its interplay and communication, is one of the most effective ways of spreading an enthusiasm for “classical” music to new audiences.

    Bruce Brubaker

    In live performances from the Hollywood Bowl to New York’s Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, from Hong Kong to France’s International Piano Festival at La Roque d’Anthéron, and in recordings for ECM, InFiné, Bedroom Community, Arabesque, and Arsis—Bruce Brubaker is the new musician, visionary virtuoso, artistic provocateur. Named “Young Musician of the Year” by Musical America, Bruce Brubaker performs Mozart with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and plays Philip Glass’s piano music around the world. Profiled on NBC’s Today show, Brubaker has performed with Meredith Monk, Nico Muhly, Lorraine Hunt, and John Cage. Brubaker is featured on Nico Muhly’s album Drones and Meredith Monk’s Piano Songs.

    The Album

    Revelations CD181: $16.00

    Su Lian Tan’s assured approach to chamber music is marked in this recording, nimbly performed by the Jupiter String Quartet and pianist Bruce Brubaker. Life in Wayang transports the listener to the traditional puppet theater found most notably in Indonesia and Malaysia, echoing of gamelan and rich with musical commentary. Orfeo in Asia follows the ancient Greek legend to Southeast Asia as he encounters new modalities of harmony and rhythm. Finally, Revelations utilizes the quartet and piano together, reflecting on contemporary scholarly life and its intricacies.

    Revelations will be available on all major streaming sites in June 2017. Each work performed on Revelations is also available from E. C. Schirmer Music Company.

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