Member News -- Fall, 2000
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- Oct. 27 - Premiere of Three Jazz Preludes by pianist Charles Jones, Louisiana Music Teachers Association 2000 State Convention. Angelle Hall, The University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
- Oct. 22 - Reflections upon a Windowsill and an arr. of F. Delius' On hearing the first Cuckoo in Spring by Zendra White (flute) and the composer (piano), Louisiana Composers Consortium Concert #5, LSMSA Auditorium, Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, Natchitoches, LA. On the same concert was the premiere of Through a Baby's Eyes by Tamara Rucker (French horn) and the composer (piano), and Rhythmization (tape).
- Jul. 30 - Fugue in C minor (organ) by the composer on both the early and late services at the First United Methodist Church, Natchitoches, LA. At the same services was excerpts from Ephesians
5:19 (piano) and Psalm 117 (organ), also played by the composer.
- June 11 - Ephesians 5:19 (piano) by the composer, Louisiana Composers Consortium Concert #4, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA; and an arr. of F. Delius' On hearing the first Cuckoo in Spring by Zendra White (flute) and the composer.
- May 14 - St. Norbert College Alma Mater by the SNC Concert Choir and Band; Frederick Schmidt, conducting, SNC Commencement, Schuldes Sports Center, St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI.
- May 14 - Music for Strings #9 for String Quartet by members of the San Francisco Symphony, Chamber Music Sundaes, Berkeley, CA
- Oct 26, 27 - Premiere of Millennium Festival II for trumpet and orchestra and six other works at the Mobile International Cultural Affairs and Tourism "Greece 2000 Celebration" in Mobile, AL.
- Oct. 15 - Storytelling for Flute and Orchestra in Canada; repeated in Greece on Aug. 5, and premiered by the Louisiana Sinfonietta on Apr. 3 in Baton Rouge, LA. Also on Oct. 15 in Canada was Dedications for Strings and again on Oct. 1 in Baton Rouge, LA.
- Aug. 5 - Fantasia for Solo Flute in Greece.
- June 9 - Cello Concerto and Rhapsody for Flut by the Louisiana Sinfonietta, Baton Rouge, LA.
- May 8 - Reflections VI (horn and strings), Bucharest, Romania.
- May 7 - Premiere of Fantasia on Irish Folk Songs on a Louisiana Sinfonietta concert, Baton Rouge, LA.
- Apr. 1 - Music for Two in Huntsville, TX.
Nancy Bloomer Deussen:
- Oct. 14 - Mango Songs (6 piano pieces) by Jed Distler, Composers Collaborative's Festival, The Jazz Gallery, New York City.
- Oct. 1 - The Selkie Boy (orch/narr) by the Warminister Symphony Orchestra, Warminister, PA.
- Oct. 15 - Reflections on the Hudson (orch), Baytown Symphony, David Corder, cond, Baytown, TX.
- June 10 - One of Nature's Majesties (clarinet/bassoon/piano), NACUSA Concert, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA
- May 20, 21 - Ascent to Victory (orch), Kona Community Orchestra, Ken Staton, conductor, Kona, Hawaii.
- May 20 - Premiere of Tribute to the Ancients (brass quintet) at the Centennial Celebration of Sempervirens Enviornmental Group, Big Basin Redwood State Park, CA.
- May 6 - The Pegasus Suite (flute/piano), The American Composer's Forum Salon, Berkeley, CA.
- Apr. 21 - Premiere of Meditations From Dogen #3 and #4 by Paul Berkowitz, UCSB Festival of Contemporary Music.
- Mar. 2 - Premiere of Tapestry for French horn, violin and piano, by Steven Gross, horn, at UCSB-Santa Barbara.
- Jan. 28 - Premiere of Festive Overture by Niznij Novgorod (Russia) Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Ziva, conducting.
- Oct. 30 - Duplex (orch) by the Hewlett-Packard Symphony Orchestra, George Yefchak cond, Oak Room Auditorium, Cupertino CA and other nearby locations on Nov. 3, 6 and 10.
- Apr. 9 -Sonata for Clarinet and Piano by Dave Nicholson (clar) and Joan Southwick (pno), Escondido, CA.
- May 14 - Les Couleurs Fauves by the US Marine Band, George Mason University.
- May 3 - Eight Czech Duets, Sonata No. 2 for Piano, Elegie et Rondeau, Postcard from Home, Song, Variations, and Festive Ode in the Anderson Center, Hartwick College.
- Mar. 25 - Apotheosis of the Earth was part of "A Concert for the Millenium" by the New Jersey Choral Society and Orchestra.
- Mar. 9 - Fresque for Orchestra was part of the Czech Philharmonic cycle "Czech orchestral music" in Prague.
- June 22 - Divertimento (flute/alto flute/vibraphone/ piano); Circle Music I (violin/piano); String Quartet; and the premiere of In the Center (cham cantata for sop/strings/pno), as part of Festival Forfest Kromeriz 2000, Czech Republic.
- June 18 - Premiere of Priere et scherzo (bass flute/piano) on a Flute and Piano Recital (the composer, flutes, Dolly Eugenio Kessner, piano), Festival Forfest Kromeriz 2000, Czech Republic.
- Mar. 25 - Premiere of Dances for Clarinet and Guitar with Julia Heinen, clarinet, and Jordan Charnofsky, guitar, California State University, Northridge.
- Mar. 6-8 - Performances of Chamber Concerto No. 3 with Dolly Eugenio Kessner, solo piano, and the Kawana-ao New Music Ensemble, conducted by the composer, and Divertimento for flute, alto flute, vibraphone, and piano during the Festival "Voices of a New Century," University of Hawaii at Manoa.
- Jan. 28 - Divertimento for flute, alto flute, vibraphone, and piano performed at the SCI Region VIII conference at California Institute of the Arts.
- Dec. 12, '99 - Six Aphorisms performed at the Ithaca Conservatory of Music by Todd Hearn, clarinet, and Townsend Plant, guitar. Also played Dec. 2, Corning Community College, same performers.
Margaret S. Meier:
- Oct. 22 - Premiere of Into the Night by Judith Saxton, Flugelhorn/trumpet and Kevin Bobo, marimba at Wichita State University.
- May 15 - Tomorrow's Memory (SATB/piano) at Illinois Central College (East Peoria) by the ICC Chamber Singers, Prince Dorough, director.
- Apr. 25 - Evocation by John Jost, viola, and Jane Brant, piano, on the Bradley University (Illinois) New Music Ensemble concert.
- Oct. 1 - Romantic Passacaglia on a Twelve Tone Theme (organ) by the composer at the United Church of Christ Congregational, Claremont, CA. Also performed by David Hatt at St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco on Feb. 13; and by the composer at the IAWM's International Congress on Women in Music, London, England, on Jan. 18.
- June 8 - Premiere of Mass for the Third Millennium by the Ars Brunensis Choir, Roman Valek, cond, at the Brno Cathedral adjacent to the Capuchin Monastery, Brno, Czech Republic.
- July 20 - Three Diminutive Pieces for Solo Tuba by Bradley DeBow, Mid-South NACUSA concert, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.
- July 8 - Rush Hour by John Perrine, tenor saxophone, and tape, 12th World Saxophone Congress, Universite du Quebec a Montreal. Also on June 11 on a Louisiana Composers' Consortium Concert,
- Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.
- Mar. 17 - Sleep Cycle for saxophone trio (Joshua Thomas, John Perrine, Christopher Rettie), Louisiana Sinfonietta Old and New Series, St. James Place Convocation Room, Baton Rouge, LA.
- Mar. 12 - Two Short Pieces for Tape and Three Diminutive Pieces for Solo Tuba by Bradley DeBow, Louisiana Composers' Consortium Concert, Louisiana School for Math, Science and the
- Arts, Natchitoches. Both works repeated on a Mid-South NACUSA concert, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA.
- Mar. 10 - Premiere of Sonata for Baritone Saxophone and Piano by Gail Levinsky, baritone sax, and Jackie Edwards Henry, piano, North American Saxophone Alliance New Millennium Conference, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
- Feb. 5 - A Prayer for the Forgotten for sax quartet and Sleep Cycle for sax trio, by the Red Stick Saxophone Quartet, Louisiana Composers Consortium, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA.
- July 14, 15 - Premiere of the orchestration of Miklos Rozsa's Julius Caesar Overture at the Hollywood Bowl by John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
- June 13 - Intermezzo for Clarinet and Harp by Martha MacDonald, clarinet; Delaine Fedson, harp; at the Texas Music Teachers Association Convention in Austin, TX. Also performed at the Texas Music Teachers Association Convention by the same performers in June.
- June 8 - Piano Suite No. 1: The Resonance of Childhood; Of Breath and Touch, Piano Trio No. 1: Elegy and Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano, by Dorothy Spafard Hull, piano; Delores Stevens, piano; Carolyn Beck, bassoon; Patricia Cloud Kaufmann, flute; Larry Hughes, clarinet; Dawn Phelps Neal, violin; Marilyn Harris, cello; at a gathering hosted by Mu Phi Epsilon in Pacific Palisades, CA.
Marilyn J. Ziffrin:
- May 21 - Sonate Nos. 1 & 2 by Jeanette Winsor, piano, Princeton, NJ.
- Oct. 22 - Premiere of Cantata for Freedom for adult choir, children's voices, mezz soloist, flute, trumpet, organ, bongo, drums, chimes, under the direction of Jane Ann McSwiney, Minister of Music, First Baptist Church of New London, NH.
- Oct. 11 - "Soliloquy" from Captain Kidd by Mark Andrew Cleveland, baritone, Catherine Dornin, piano, River College, NH.
Matthew Hetz was awarded "recognition, cum laude" in the Third Diana
Barnhart American Song Competition, for voice and piano, for the
setting of The Loose Shutter, by Robert Penn Warren.
William Price received an ASCAP Standard Award and appears in 2000
Outstanding Musicians of the 20th Century published in England by
the International Biographical Centre.
Daniel Robbins received an ASCAP Standard Award.
Alex Shapiro has received a 2000 grant from the Los Angeles Alumni
Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon to assist in composing a new chamber work.
Shapiro has also received an ASCAP Standard Award.
Al Benner: Through a Baby's Eyes (horn/piano, CP#281); tude on
3-Tones (oboe, CP#278); and Three Jazz Preludes (CP#250) by Conners
Dinos Constantinides: The Singing Cucaracha (reader/soprano/ strings,
CP#269) by Conners Publications. Forty various works published through
Daniel Kessner: Sonata for Four Timpani (with bongos and suspended
cymbal), Studio 4 Music, Van Nuys, CA.
William Price: A Prayer for the Forgotten (sax quartet, CP#270)
by Conners Publications.
Brian Conn: On Oct. 29, the Brian Conn New Music Ensemble performed
works by Conn on WNIT Television's "Open Studio/Backstage Pass"
program. Following an interview with the composer, the ensemble
performed Lullaby for Madeleine, Hymn for String Quartet, and Piano
Trio (mvt 3). Performing with Conn at the piano were Thomas Yang,
Jeri-lou Zike, violin, Clara Takarabi, Richard Yeo, viola, Peter
Szczpanek, cello, Marta Phillips, soprano.
William Price: Memphis Skies for brass quintet was broadcast on
WQHS's Limelight program hosted by David Laganella on Aug. 9, Philadelphia,
Dinos Constantinides: The Dancing Turtle and Other Works and Music
for Soloists and Orchestras on Vestige Recordings.
Stefania de Kenessey: Four chamber works by members of the Andiamo
Chamber Ensemble, featuring Barbara Siesel (fl), Julian Milkis
(clar), William Meredith (ob), the Andiamo String Quartet, and the
composer (piano), on a North/South Recording.
Karel Husa: Concerto for Saxophone at the University of Toronto
with Wallace Holiday, soloist, and Al Fresco, recorded by the Schw
bisches Jugendorchester on Bayerischer Rundfunk (Germany) CD.
Frederick Koch: String Quartet No. 2 with voice, Sonata for cello
and piano, Blue Monday (Langston Hughes) song cycle, Suite for alto
saxophone and piano and Antithesis for two pianos by the Cleveland
Orchestra String Quartet, Regina Mushabac, cello, Greg Banaszak,
alto sax, Andrew White, baritone, with the composer, piano, and
pianists Coren Estrin Kleve and Spencer Myer, on the Dimension label.
Margaret S. Meier: Mass for the Third Millennium by Vienna Modern
Daniel Robbins: Julius Caesar Suite, based on the film score by
Miklos Rozsa, was recorded by Paul Bateman and The City of Prague
Philharmonic Orchestra on a Silver Screen CD.
Singing City has commissioned Tina Davidson to write a new work
for chorus and children's chorus. Working with three public schools
in the Philadelphia area, Davidson and members of the Singing City
chorus will guide children in a three-week residency using improvisation,
instrument building, poetry writing and graphic notation on the
theme of Langston Hughes' poem, "I Dream a World." Using Hughes
text, Davidson will create a new work for
the children to sing with the Singing City chorus.
Mural Arts is commissioning Davidson for a new project in the Parkside
area of Philadelphia. Working with a muralist, Davidson will collaborate
with area residents to create songs, poetry and art work for two new
Dinos Constantinides was composer-in-residence last summer at the
Porto-Heli International Festival in his native Greece. A concert
of his works included the European premiere of his violin concerto
with Russian Soloist Vladislave Halapsis. Constantinides was also
guest composer Oct. 26-27 for the Festival for the Greece 2000 Celebration,
presented under the auspices of Mobile International Cultural Affairs
and Tourism. His piece, Millennium Festival II
was commissioned for this occasion.
Tina Davidson's The Selkie Boy for narrator and orchestra was featured
as the main work in The Philadelphia Orchestra¡s first annual Education
Week. The program entitled "Dialogue of the Wind and the Sea" on
which The Selkie Boy was performed, took more than 15,000 Philadelphia
students on a musical exploration of the ocean. Conductor-in-residence
Luis Biava conducted the six performances, which were visually interpreted
by the Mum Puppettheater. In a pre-concert "Adventure," Davidson and
artist Peggy Gyulai, worked with the children, leading them in a
delightful one-hour session. The children drew pictures, wrote their
own graphically rendered musical scores of the ocean and performed
them under Davidson's guidance. In September, Davidson was the guest
of the Kansas City corporation, DST Systems, Inc. During the three-day
residency, Davidson met with associates of the corporation to
discuss bringing music into the workplace as a training tool for
new recruits. She also presented her "Creativity Workshop" to DST employees
and other interested members of the Kansas City music community.
This interactive, hands-on workshop afforded the opportunity to
explore the creative process by using compositional techniques,
encouraging participants to work as a team as well as an individual,
and took a look at the relationship of individual creativity in
a broader context (team, company, market, and community).
Aurelio de la Vega was awarded one of the FACE Awards, given each
year to someone of Cuban origin who has excelled in a given field
of endeavor. He personally received this Award on Sept. 7, during
a televised ceremony at the Wyndham Hotel in Miami, FL. One of De
la Vega's music manuscripts--The Magic Labyrinth-- has been included
in the 733 page volume Music History from Primary Sources, published
last July by The Library of Congress.
Joel Feigin has completed a new opera: Twelfth Night, requested
to be written by the Opera Studio of Moscow Conservatory in Russia.
Feigin also made a chamber version of his earlier opera, Mysteries
of Eleusis, for the Moscow Conservatory, and it was given six performances
there in 2000. Song of Loving-Kindness (text from the Metta Sutta,
adapted by Jaime Manrique and Feigin), commissioned by the Nuclear
Age Peace Foundation, was premiered at their gala event in Santa
Barbara, CA on Sept. 23.
Czech Masaryk University presented an honorary doctor of arts degree
to Karel Husa. President Zlatuska and Dean Bek made the presentation.
This is Husa's eighth honorary degree. The Evocations of Slovakia
was performed by the Ithaca Trio to conclude the ceremony on May
12. Husa guest-conducted his Music for Prague 1968 at the MENC National
Convention in Washington, D.C. on March 11. Other performances were
given at the Duquesne University, Cleveland Institute of Music,
Ohio State, and Oklahoma State Universities, Ithaca College,
Baldwin- Wallace Conservatory, Carnegie-Mellon and Montclair
Universities, Naperville High School among others. Syracuse Symphony
Orchestra under the baton of Kazuioshi Akiyama performed the
orchestral version of the Music for Prague 1968 on its subscription
series in March.
Jeffrey Hoover was a guest composer for the Contemporary Music Festival
at Indiana State University. On Oct. 27, Hoover created an action
painting on stage to visually accompany his electronic composition
A House of Glass and Dreams. This performance was the concert premiere
of this work.
The world premiere of Geoffrey Kidde's Shooting Star for four percussionists
was featured at the Bar Harbor Music Festival's New Composers Evening
in July. The ensemble presented was the Stuart Marrs Percussion
Ensemble, and Kidde made his conducting performance debut. Also
in July, Five Songs from William Carlos Williams was included at
the American Festival of American Music in Saranac Lake, NY, as
part of the Gregg Smith Singers Composer's Reading Workshop.
Donald Martino is looking forward to his 70th birthday in May, 2001.
Celebratory concerts are planned by ISCM in New York City on
February 25 and the Fromm Foundation at Harvard on February
16 and March 16. More concerts to come.