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 2017-2018 season. As part of her residency, her works will be featured in all concerts for the upcoming year. On September 23, the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra brings to life the music of Spain featuring Walker’s La Ternura (Tenderness) for… 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

Ann Patchett’s “Bel Canto” inspires new string quartet by Elena Ruehr

Elena Ruehr collaborated with the San Francisco-based Cypress String Quartet to create her fifth string quartet. Named after the book which served as the work’s inspiration, Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, this 10-movement piece receives its world premieres September 20 (San Francisco) and 24 (Saratoga). Bel Canto is based on the Japanese embassy hostage crisis (1996-1997) in… Read More Ann Patchett’s “Bel Canto” inspires new string quartet by Elena Ruehr

Human rights prize ceremony features music of Kareem Roustom

In a concert and awards ceremony for the Nürnberg Human Rights Prize 2017,  Marcus Bosch conducts the Nürnberg State Philharmonic Orchestra on a program that includes the German premiere of Ramal for orchestra and Dabke.  The 2017 Nürnberg Human Rights Award will honor the “Group Caesar,” who published photos of people tortured to death in Syrian prisons.  “Caesar” is the… Read More Human rights prize ceremony features music of Kareem Roustom

Chamber Music on the Fox presents film score by Daron Hagen

On September 23, pianist Yana Reznik joins Chamber Music on the Fox in a live performance of Daron Hagen‘s Piano Concerto, No. 2: Chaplin’s Tramp. The performance occurs alongside a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s silent film, The Tramp, as part of the Elgin Short Film Festival. Hagen wrote the new score for the centennial of the classic film.… Read More Chamber Music on the Fox presents film score by Daron Hagen