Member News -- Fall, 2001

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PERFORMANCES

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RECORDINGS

AWARDS

PUBLICATIONS

BROADCASTS

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PERFORMANCES

Beth Anderson: Al Benner: Dinos Constantinides: John M. Crabtree: Nancy Bloomer Deussen: Stefania de Kenessey: Herb Gellis: Aaron Johnson: Frederick Koch: Donal Murchie: William Price: Michael G. Williams: John Winsor:

COMMISSIONS

Beth Anderson: Cleveland Swale, a piece for 2 violins and soprano sax-the Cleveland Duo with James Umble; and April Swale, a duo for viola and harpsichord from Marlow Fisher and Kathleen McIntosh.

Dinos Constantinides: Recollections for Theofilos (solo saxophone) was commissioned by Theofilos Sotiriades to be premiered in Thessaloniki, Greece on Dec. 9. Also commissioned by the same artist. is a paraphrase of Recollections for Theofilos for saxophone and guitar.

RECORDINGS

Beth Anderson's Trio - Dream, in d and Network; Nancy Bloomer Deussen's Two Pieces for Violin & Piano and Trio for violin, cello, & piano; and Stefania de Kenessey's Sunburst and Beating Down on North/South Recordings 1015.

Nancy Bloomer Deussen: Reflections on the Hudson (a CD of all orchestral music) featuring The Mission Chamber Orchestra by Arizona University Recordings of Tucson, AZ.

Jon Grier has recently completed a CD of his string quartets, performed by the Ceruti Quartet of the University of Memphis. The CD is being distributed through Shar Products Company (http://www.sharmusic.com) and also through the composer's website (http://www.newertunes.com).

Karel Husa: Stele for violin solo (Edna Michell, compassion, in Memory of Y. Menuhin, on Angel), Postcard from home, and Elegie et Rondeau (J. Sainpen, M. Schrude, on Troy #442), and Music for Prague 1968 (Klavier, Univ. of N. Texas, E. Corporon, conducting).

Frederick Koch: A Dimension CD called Contrasts involving chamber music by the Cleveland Orchestra String Quartet, Regina Mushabac, cello, Greg Banaszak, alto sax, Andrew White, baritone with composer, duo pianists Coren Estrin Kleve and Spencer Myer.

AWARDS

Beth Anderson received two radio awards--The Official Kalvos & Damian Most Listener Fan Calls Award as of 8/25 for Minnesota Swale on the Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar Radio Show, and The Burton Award for contemporary art music 2000, for Net Work, awarded by the audience of OMR FM in Provincetown, MA.

Marshall Bialosky has won the first prize in the Division II Class A composition contest sponsored by the mu Phi Epsilon music fraternity. The winning composition is called The Far Theatricals of Day and is a cycle of eight songs on Emily Dickinson poems for soprano voice, flute, oboe, clarinet, and bass clarinet, that takes the listener through an entire day from sunrise to early evening. The piece has been performed in California, Louisiana, and Wisconsin.

John M. Crabtree received an ASCAP Standard Award for 2001.

The Academy of Musical Arts in Prague awarded Karel Husa an honorary doctorate. Husa is the fourth to be awarded this doctorate, and the first Czech composer.

Aaron Johnson received his third consecutive ASCAP Standard Award.

William Price received the 2001 Composer's Commissioning Award by the Louisiana Music Teacher's Association. His work Suite for Saxophone Quartet was premiered at the 2001 LMTA State Convention on October 26 at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA. Price also received an ASCAP Standard Award.

PUBLICATIONS

Al Benner: How Sweet the Sound (organ, CP#291) by Conners Publications.

Dinos Constantinides: Dreams, Earth, and Heavens (reader, voice and organ, CP #DCC5), Listenings and Silences (voice alone; CP#264), and Two Songs (voice and reader; CP#263) by Conners Publications. Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra, Elegy for K. (string quartet), Recollections for Theofilos (solo sax; sax and guitar; violin or flute and guitar), Mutability for Alto Saxophone and String Quartet and 20th Century Studies for Two Violins by Magni Publications.

Barton Cummings: Four Sketches for Solo Bassoon (CP#274) by Conners Publications.

Karel Husa: A new edition of the Festive Ode for Chorus and Orchestra or Band by E C Schirmer Co., Boston, MA.

Conners Publications * 503 Tahoe Street * Natchitoches, LA 71457-5718 * (318)357-0924 * ALMEI@aol.com * http://hostnet.pair.com/conners.

Magni Publications * 947 Daventry Drive * Baton Rouge, LA 70808 * (225)766-3487

BROADCASTS

Dinos Constantinides had the following works broadcast on Baton Rouge Public Radio in September--Concerto of Psalms (violin, clarinet and orchestra) with the Duo Verdehr and the Louisiana Sinfonietta, and Concerto for 4 Saxophones and Orchestra by the Red Stick Quartet and the Louisiana Sinfonietta.

Tina Davidson wrote the music for the hour long show Thomas Eakins: Scenes from Modern Life, directed and produced by Glenn Holsten, that was broadcasted OCT 31 at 9 PM, on WHYY- TV.

Deon Nielsen Price announces that the CCTV-4 satellite had three broadcasts of the PRICE DUO performances in China on PhoenixTV on the internet (http://www.PhoenixTV.com) or (www.CCTV- 4.com/) on DirecTV satellite in the Los Angeles area. This took place on SEP 2, 3 and 4. Two other programs have been made for the CCTV DIALOGUE series in English to be shown on CCTV- 9 in the near future.

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San Francisco
from Herb Gellis, Webmaster

There is a new URL location for website. It is:
http://hgellis.home.mindspring.com/nacusasf/

Los Angeles
from Daniel Kessner, President

The 2001-02 concert season is already well under way. Jeremy Beck directed a fine program at Cal State Fullerton on September 23, followed very closely by a concert at Mt. San Antonio College on October 6 directed by Margaret Meier (complete programs appear elsewhere in this issue).

Next, there is a project in the making involving the national organization which could include special participation from our chapter. Discussions are currently in progress with the goal of having NACUSA share in the next National Meeting of the College Music Society, which will take place in Kansas City, Missouri, September 26-29, 2002. There are no specifics as yet, but one of the ideas which came up at a recent meeting of NACUSA officers was to put together a NACUSA ensemble, and then have a call for scores from members nationwide for works which fall within that instrumentation.

This concept is still very much in the formative stages, so if one of the other chapters comes forth with an offer of an ensemble, it would certainly be considered as well. The first step for our chapter is to see if we can create an ensemble either of chapter members or close friends (for the obvious reason--keeping the budget down). I think an ideal core instrumentation would be the near-standard: flute, clarinet, violin, violoncello, and piano. With luck this might be expanded to include a couple more winds, strings, and maybe percussion, but it would be much more manageable if we keep it small. Again, thinking idealistically, we are looking for players who would probably be attending the meeting anyway, so we would not need to come up with transportation funds; I think we should figure on a modest honorarium. Here, then, is our formal announcement:

CALL FOR PERFORMERS

If you are interested, please contact Daniel Kessner by December 31 at: dkessner@csun.edu.

The Los Angeles Chapter is looking for performers in the greater Los Angeles area willing to prepare and rehearse several works, and perform them at the proposed joint meeting of CMS and NACUSA in September, 2002 in Kansas City. We are looking for a minimum instrumentation of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano, although others will be considered. The pay for this will likely be modest, probably not even including transportation or per diem.

How could anyone resist such an offer? Just to kick things off, I have already volunteered my services as flutist and/or conductor, and David Lefkowitz has come forward to take on part or all of the conducting duties. We would probably also present the program once in the L.A. area before "taking it on the road." I look forward to hearing from you on this.

MEMBER NEWS

Daniel Adams has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor at Texas Southern University. He is the author of an article entitled "Structure and Style in Nexus: Portfolio for Snare Drum" published in the Spring 2001 issue of the Journal of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors. Adam's composition Dreamer's Cartography for cello and piano was premiered on a recital presented by cellist Artan Zhuri with Jane Perkyns, pianist, in Rhinehart Auditorium at T June, Adams received publication contracts for two of his recent compositions. Talea for percussion sextet was accepted by C. Alan Publications of Greensboro, NC and Quandary for violin and guitar will be released by Alfieri e Raniere Publishing in Palermo, Italy. Adams also received an ASCAP Standard Award.

Dinos Constantinides had a review of his Oracle at Delphi performed by the Trio Verdehr on Crystal Records in the October issue of Gramophone. It said ". . . Dinos Constantinides' The Oracle of Delphi distills an atmospheric mood of rapt mysticism in nine minutes, with pages of impressionistic stillness amid clarinet gamboling and a rising four-note melody."

Karel Husa's recent performances include the European premiere of Concerto for Orchestra took place during the Prague Spring Festival of Music by the French conductor Serge Baudo on May 16 in the Smetana Hall with the Prague Symphony Orchestra. The Portrait for String Orchestra was performed at the same festival by the Czech Chamber Orchestra without conductor, on May 31. Both compositions were part of festival's Celebration of Husa's 80th birthday. The Concerto for Wind Ensemble was performed at Temple University (A. Chodoroff, conducting), the University of Louisville (F. Speck, conducting), SUNY Fredonia (P. Holcomb, conducting), and Ithaca College (S. Petersen, conducting). Music for Prague 1968 was featured on Yale's University tour in Europe (T. Duffy, conducting) in Vienna and Brno, by Northwestern University (M. Thompson, conducting), Emory University (S. Stewart, conducting), University of Southern Maine (P. Martin, conducting) and Tanglewood Summer Festival (F. conducting). Concerto for Saxophone was performed at Cornell University, D.W. Herske soloist, and at the Eastman School of' Music, Chien-Kwan Linn, soloist; both performances were conducted by Mark Scatterday. Pastoral for String Orchestra played on tour and in Carnegie Hall by the Great Neck High School orchestra under J. Rutkowski. Divertimento for Brass Quintet performed at the New England Wind Conference by the New England Conservatory Brass Quintet, Evocations of Slovakia by D Brno (Czech Republic), Cayuga Lake by the Contemporary Ensemble of the Northwestern University under Robert Taylor, Postcard from home by Due Boemi di Praga in several european cities and Eight Czech duets by Machova Duo in Czech Radio broadcasts. And finally, Les Couleurs Fauves and Concerto for Percussion was featured at the Wind Conference on the campus of Rowan University (J. Pastin, conducting).

Richard Nanes joined Shirley McLaine and Jane Seymour as the headliners for the John Wayne Cancer Institute Benefit that took place of July 18 in Santa Monica, CA. Nanes performed his solo piano work, Rhapsody in C-Sharp Minor.

Recent 2001 performances of Alex Shapiro's works include Music for Two Big Instruments, commissioned by Norman Pearson, principal tubist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and pianist Cynthia Bauhof-Williams, performed by the duo at University of Southern California, University of California San Bernadino and Pasadena City College, as well as on a NACUSA concert held at Cal State University Fullerton in September. The piece was be performed at the Toledo Museum of Art in October by tubist Velven and pianist Robert Satterlee, as part of Bowling Green State University's New Music and Art Festival, and has also been programmed for The College Music Society's Annual Meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico in November, performed by Joe Skillen, tuba and Laurelie Gheesling, piano. Other recent performances include Journey, a work for 5 string electric violin and electronics, performed in several Connecticut venues in May and June 2001 by violinist Sabrina Ann Berger, who has recorded the work for her upcoming CD, E-Scapes for Electronic Soundscapes. Additional concerts include the premiere of Shapiro's work for double bass and piano, Of Bow and Touch, by bassist Tom Peters and pianist Mark Uranker, at Cal State University Long Beach in October, Shiny Kiss for sol performed by Jamie Pedrini in April at Pasadena City College, a scherzo for organ entitled Transplant, performed in Los Angeles by Frances Nobert, a flute duet, Re:pair, premiered at Princeton University by its commissioners, Tom Moore and Laura Ronai, and the "Scherzo" from her Sonata for Piano performed in Los Angeles in June by Reena Esmail.

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