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

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

Featured Recording: Dawn of Night, choral music by Stephen Chatman

“Infusing softness of tone with luscious harmonies, [Chatman’s] music always sounds deceptively simple…” – Dianne Wells, The Whole Note 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… Read More Featured Recording: Dawn of Night, choral music by Stephen Chatman

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

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

REV. 23 premiere: new opera from Julian Wachner & Cerise Jacobs, the sequel to Revelations

On September 29, a new opera from Cerise Jacobs and Julian Wachner, Rev. 23, premieres at Boston’s John Hancock Theater. The premiere kicks off the Boston New Music Festival and features White Snake Projects production company, who shares new, relevant opera based on the stories of Cerise Jacobs. Rev. 23 will be available soon from E. C. Schirmer.… Read More REV. 23 premiere: new opera from Julian Wachner & Cerise Jacobs, the sequel to Revelations

Duo YUMENO premieres third chapter in commissioning project – Daron Hagen

Duo YUMENO (Yoko Reikano Kimura, koto; and Hikaru Tamaki, violoncello) commissioned American composer Daron Hagen to create four large-scale works for koto and cello based on characters and stories from the great Japanese epic, The Tale of Heike. The project is titled “Songs of Heike,” the third installment of which is called Misterioso. The world premiere performance… Read More Duo YUMENO premieres third chapter in commissioning project – Daron Hagen