Kareem Roustom: October Premieres – Berlin, Portland, Canada

Kareem Roustom‘s Aleppo Songs continues to receive world-wide attention, boasting three premieres this year alone. Originally scored for solo piano, the piece celebrates what Aleppo was known for, before the uprising of 2011 led the city to war. The composer writes, “To speak today of the richness of the arts and culture in Aleppo is to… Read More Kareem Roustom: October Premieres – Berlin, Portland, Canada

Alistair Coleman named Young Composer-in-Residence with National Philharmonic

The National Philharmonic named Alistair Coleman the Young Composer-in-Residence for the orchestra’s 2017-18 season. The National Philharmonic commissioned and performed Coleman’s Of Radiance and Light in November 2016. As part of his residency, another original work will be premiered in April 2018. In an interview with the National Philharmonic, Coleman recalled his first experience watching the orchestra… Read More Alistair Coleman named Young Composer-in-Residence with National Philharmonic

Interview with Keyboard Composer of the Month: Robert J. Powell

Robert J. Powell (b. 1932) spent his career serving churches across the Southern and Eastern United States regions, and currently serves as organist at Trinity Methodist Church in Greenville, SC. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Organ and Composition from Louisiana State University and his Master of Sacred Music from Union Theological Seminary School of… Read More Interview with Keyboard Composer of the Month: Robert J. Powell

Recent David Conte performances: New Zealand premiere, California, & Indiana

Recent performances across the globe included David Conte‘s choral, vocal, and orchestral repertoire. August 13, 2017: Inspirare, Wellington, New Zealand’s professional choir, premiered Invocation and Dance by Conte under the direction of Mark Stamper. Based on a text drawn from Walt Whitman’s “When Lilacs Last at the Dooryard Bloom’d,” Invocation and Dance is a hymn to nature and… Read More Recent David Conte performances: New Zealand premiere, California, & Indiana

Gwyneth Walker: Composer-in-Residence with Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra

The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Chorus, Petoskey, MI, named Gwyneth Walker as Composer-in-Residence for the 2017 – 2020 seasons. The ensemble scheduled several upcoming performances of her music in upcoming concerts, including the 2020 premiere of Walker’s new cantata The Great Lakes. The work was originally commissioned by the Toledo Choral Society in honor… Read More Gwyneth Walker: Composer-in-Residence with Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra

Musica Harmonia performs chamber music of Gywneth Walker

Chamber ensemble Musica Harmonia performs Gwyneth Walker‘s When the Spirit Sings (2011), commissioned by the ensemble, on September 30 at Eastern Mennonite University. Formed in 2007 by members Joan Griffing (violin), Beth Vanderborgh (cello), Diane Phoenix-Neal (viola) and Naoko Takao (piano), the group dedicates itself to promoting peace and cultural understanding through music collaboration. When the Spirit Sings is a set of three American spirituals arranged… Read More Musica Harmonia performs chamber music of Gywneth Walker

Elena Ruehr: work for voice & string quartet performed in Boston concert series

Emmanuel Church of Boston’s “Late Night at Emmanuel” series presents a cabaret-style concert, including the performance of A Supermarket in California by Elena Ruehr. Written for baritone and string quartet, text author Allen Ginsberg bases the words on thoughts by Walt Whitman. The poem describes an imaginary encounter between the poet and Walt Whitman, whom Ginsberg… Read More Elena Ruehr: work for voice & string quartet performed in Boston concert series