Cecily Ward performs Elena Ruehr: dances for solo violin

Acclaimed violinist Cecily Ward performed Elena Ruehr’s Red (2007) on November 4, 2017. The concert took place at Massachusetts Insistent of Technology, where Ruehr teaches. Cecily Ward Ward has performed throughout the United States and Europe at venues including the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), Lied Center (Lawrence, KS), Ravinia Festival (Chicago, IL), the Lobkowitz Palace (Prague, Czech Republic), and… Read More Cecily Ward performs Elena Ruehr: dances for solo violin

Daron Hagen: Residency at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Daron Hagen returns to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for a three-day residency during which he will work with composers, conductors, and singers. Engagement includes a masterclass for singers, collaborative pianists, composers, and conductors during which he will coach performances of standard repertoire arias and art songs alongside contemporary repertoire from the perspective of a working… Read More Daron Hagen: Residency at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Daron Hagen joins Chicago College of Performing Arts & related news

Daron Hagen has joined the artist faculty at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA). As part of Hagen’s new relationship with CCPA, he will bring his latest project, “Orson Rehearsed,” a multi-faceted collaborative work examining in non-linear narrative the Orson Welles story, to Roosevelt, where he plans to engage students, faculty, and guest artists… Read More Daron Hagen joins Chicago College of Performing Arts & related news

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

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

Butler University Wind Ensemble performs Daron Hagen

The acclaimed Butler University Wind Ensemble performs Daron Hagen‘s Bandana Overture on September 29, 2017,  under the direction of Dr. Matthew J. Smith. The ensemble ranks as one with a reputation of excellence in musical performance. Commissioned by the College Band Directors National Association in 1998 as a derived work from the commissioned opera Bandanna, Bandanna Overture was… Read More Butler University Wind Ensemble performs Daron Hagen

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

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