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

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

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

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

Julian Wachner – Time’s Arrow Festival performs complete works of Anton Webern

Deemed as the New York Classical Review’s “Critic’s Choice for the 2017-18 season” the annual Time’s Arrow Festival is a celebration of music and arts in the new world. This highlight of New York’s musical season features The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and NOVUS NY, under the direction of Julian Wachner. The 2017-18 and… Read More Julian Wachner – Time’s Arrow Festival performs complete works of Anton Webern