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

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

Interview with Composer of the Month: Daron Hagen

Daron Hagen (b. 1961) is a prolific composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music for the concert hall and stage. He is also a stage director, conductor, librettist, essayist, clinician, and collaborative pianist. Described as a “composer born to write operas” (Chicago Tribune) whose music is “dazzling, unsettling, exuberant, and heroic” (The New Yorker), his opera Amelia was described as… Read More Interview with Composer of the Month: Daron Hagen

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

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

Daron Hagen – Wintergreen Festival Orchestra performs work for orchestra

The Wintergreen Festival Orchestra, under the direction of Mark Russell Smith, recently performed Daron Hagen‘s Postcards from America (1996). The performance took place as part of the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival on August 5, 2017. This work received its premiere in 1996 and was co-commissioned by the Oakland East Bay and Waukesha Symphony Orchestra. Postcards from America is… Read More Daron Hagen – Wintergreen Festival Orchestra performs work for orchestra

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

A Dog’s Life — Daron Hagen’s film score commission

The Wintergreen Music Festival commissioned Daron Hagen to compose a new sixty-minute orchestral score for the silent Charlie Chaplin classic film, A Dog’s Life. The world premiere, scheduled for July 28, 2017, will be conducted by Festival Artistic Director Erin Freeman. A Dog’s Life (1918) is an American short silent film, starring writer and producer Charlie Chaplin. The… Read More A Dog’s Life — Daron Hagen’s film score commission

James Eakin joins faculty of Centenary College of Louisiana

Dr. James Eakin has joined the faculty of the Centenary College of Louisiana Hurley School of Music as professor of theory and composition. Eakin has been a composer-in-residence with the Turtle Creek Chorale, Resounding Harmony, and The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus.  His compositions have been performed at Carnegie Hall, Davies Symphony Hall in San… Read More James Eakin joins faculty of Centenary College of Louisiana