UI Press | Denise Von Glahn | Libby Larsen: Composing an American Life

The fullness of a life lived allegro. Denise Von Glahn, Curtis Mayes Orpheus Professor of Musicology at Florida State University,  is the author of Libby Larsen‘s biography, Libby Larsen: Composing an American Life. Von Glahn is also the director for the Center for Music of the Americas and wrote three award-winning books prior to this publication. The book… Read More UI Press | Denise Von Glahn | Libby Larsen: Composing an American Life

Washington Post: Libby Larsen & Elena Ruehr top composers in classical music

Anne Midgette is Chief Classical Music Critic for The Washington Post. Her article, “The top 35 female composers in classical music,” was written in response to National Public Radio’s July 2017 article “The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women.” The NPR article “was inspiring,” Midgette writes,”but where were the composers? In the wake of much discussion… Read More Washington Post: Libby Larsen & Elena Ruehr top composers in classical music

Song Source Festival – Libby Larsen & David Evan Thomas premieres

“Headwaters are where things begin.” Song Source Festival is launching its fourth season by giving life to new works from Minnesota composers, including world premieres of music by Libby Larsen and David Evan Thomas. The concert takes place August 7, 2017. Libby Larsen‘s Pharoah Songs is scored for baritone and piano and performed by Alan Dunbar… Read More Song Source Festival – Libby Larsen & David Evan Thomas premieres

Anthems of the World – Boston Landmarks Orchestra premieres Roustom

“Fired by local pride, some of Western music’s most passionate works are closely identified with their cultures of origin.”  The Boston Landmarks Orchestra is a summertime tradition for Boston residents. Founded in 2001, the orchestra is comprised of local professional musicians. On August 9, the ensemble shared a concert of music from across the globe.… Read More Anthems of the World – Boston Landmarks Orchestra premieres Roustom

Wintergreen Music Festival features music of Daron Hagen & Gwyneth Walker in family concert

On August 6, 2017, the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival featured the music of Daron Hagen and Gwyneth Walker in “Coffee and Kids,” an interactive concert of family-friendly works for woodwind quintet. Daron Hagen, Lilly Sketches The concert included the world premiere of Hagen‘s Lilly Sketches, based on the beloved mouse who stars in Kevin Henkes‘ popular children book, Lilly’s… Read More Wintergreen Music Festival features music of Daron Hagen & Gwyneth Walker in family concert

In Their Own Words: critical acclaim from American Organist and Diapason

Eileen Guenther‘s groundbreaking study of slavery and spirituals is the first to place the unique voices of an enslaved people squarely within the context of their daily lives. Dr. Guenther‘s deeply researched account weaves a succinct history of “America’s original sin” into an examination of the role of singing and religion in slave life and… Read More In Their Own Words: critical acclaim from American Organist and Diapason

Grant Park debut of Roustom work earns positive reviews

On July 12, 2017, conductor Fawzi Haimor led the Grant Park Orchestra in a tour-de-force program, which included the Midwest premiere of Syrian-born composer Kareem Roustom‘s Ramal. The performance was met with widespread enthusiasm from critics, both for the Grant Park Orchestra’s performance under Haimor’s leadership and for Roustom’s music. John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune… Read More Grant Park debut of Roustom work earns positive reviews

Fanfare Magazine reviews Revelations, music of Su Lian Tan

All reviews were reprinted by permission of Fanfare Magazine.  Let’s be clear from the off: Wants List material. Malaysian-born in 1966, Su Lian Tan has a uniquely expressive voice. My colleague Barnaby Rayfield, interviewing Tan in Fanfare 34:4, waxed lyrical about Tan’s achievements (FTCL, or Fellow of Trinity College, London, by age 17; postgraduate degrees… Read More Fanfare Magazine reviews Revelations, music of Su Lian Tan