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

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

Dawn of Night, Music by Stephen Chatman – CBC Music

Centrediscs released the latest album of choral music by Stephen Chatman this month. Dawn of Night is the inspiring new album featuring the voices of the University of Toronto’s MacMillan Singers, under the direction of Hilary Apfelstadt. Chatman’s expertly-crafted pieces are both eloquent and moving, aptly performed by the MacMillan Singers. Chatman’s works on this CD represent… Read More Dawn of Night, Music by Stephen Chatman – CBC Music

SF Opera Orchestra Members, Lowell Trio, release new CD featuring David Conte & Juliana Hall

San Francisco’s Lowell Trio just released Volume II of its “Music to Save Our Endangered Lands” CD series, which includes Juliana Hall‘s Rilke Song for English horn and piano, and David Conte‘s arrangement of Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child for oboe, cello, and piano. The Lowell Trio consists of oboist/English horn player Janet… Read More SF Opera Orchestra Members, Lowell Trio, release new CD featuring David Conte & Juliana Hall

Interview with Choral Composer of the Month: Philip W. J. Stopford

Philip W. J. Stopford (b. 1977) is an English composer and choral director, revered worldwide for his contemporary settings of traditional Latin and English prayers and hymns. Stopford’s relationship with church music is a long one, beginning as early as 7 years old. As of 2016, Stopford has served as Director of Music at Christ Church,… Read More Interview with Choral Composer of the Month: Philip W. J. Stopford

Su Lian Tan: Oberlin Music recording includes world premiere of work for cello & orchestra

Cellist Darrett Adkins released Myth & Tradition, a new album of music that he commissioned. The recording includes Su Lian Tan’s Legends of Kintamani. Adkins partnered with the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, directed by Timothy Weiss, to premiere this work. Tan writes, “Legends of Kintamani was inspired by travels to Southeast Asia and specifically Bali. The five movement storytelling… Read More Su Lian Tan: Oberlin Music recording includes world premiere of work for cello & orchestra