Member News -- Fall, 2003

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PERFORMANCES

Beth Anderson: Al Benner: Peter Blauvelt: Dinos Constantinides: Carlo Vincetti Frizzo: Herb Gellis: Charles Haarhues: Daniel Kessner: David S. Lefkowitz: Liduino Pitombeira: Deon Nielsen Price: William Price: Marilyn J. Ziffrin:

COMMISSIONS

Liduino Pitombeira - Brazilian Landscapes No.1, for piano trio, by Louisiana Music Teachers Association to be premiered at the conference in Natchitoches, LA, this Fall. Also Seresta No.6 for bassoon and tape, by William Ludwig.

Tina Davidson: The newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble has commissioned Davidson to write a new work in celebration of their tenth anniversary. The work, \Cel"e*brate\ is scored for alto saxophone, bass clarinet, piano and percussion and was written specifically for the core ensemble. The work, highly rhythmic and energetic, is either a dance, or about to dance. \Cel"e*brate\ was premiered in Kansas City in May 10, 2003. American International Artists announces that Tina Davidson, poet Eva Davidson and adapter/director Ben Levit will collaborate to create a new opera for family audiences based on Betsy Byers Newbery Award winning novel, Summer of the Swans. Summer of the Swans will be scored for five voices (soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, tenor and boy soprano), children's chorus, clarinet, bassoon, string quartet and percussion and will be approximately one hour in length. Current members of the commissioning consortium include Opera Columbus (OH) and The Carlsen Center (Overland Park, KS). Members of the production consortium include Opera Columbus and Lyric Opera of Kansas City.

Liduino Pitombeira: Songs for Reflections, for mixed choir by Dr. Kenneth Fulton for the LSU A Cappella Choir; Divina Trilgolia, for SATB choir and chamber ensemble by Brazilian conductor Vladimir Silva.

Deon Nielsen Price: Piano solo, Women in Christ's Line, inspired by a painting of the same name for a collection of piano solos titled, Mormoniana, to be recorded by pianist Grant Johanssen and published in a limited edition by Mormon Artists' Group Press.

Lisa Renee Ragsdale has received a commission for Trio for Flute, Clarinet and Piano from flutist Laurel Ann Maurer of Salt Lake City UT.

RECORDINGS

Daniel Adams' composition Twilight Remembered is the title piece for a CD of music for flute and percussion performed by the McCormick Duo. The disk was recorded on the Capstone Records label.

Beth Anderson: September Swale by "Butch" Baldassari who teaches at Vanderbilt for his new CD.

Marilyn J. Ziffrin: Clarinet Concerto with Richard Stoltzman, clarinet, and the Warsaw National Philharmonic, George Manahan, conductor on MMC [2094].

AWARDS

William Price received an ASCAP Plus Award.

PUBLICATIONS

Daniel Adams' composition As a Fever Longing Still for soprano voice and clarinet has been accepted for publication by Dorn Music. The Percussive Arts Society recently established the "Daniel Adams Collection" as part of its library and archives. The collection contains original manuscripts and sketches of the composer's works.

Al Benner: Paean (#307) for trumpet and piano; arrangement of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (#316) for keyboard by Conners Publications.

Dinos Constantinides: Family Triptych (#DCC7) for trumpet and strings; Family Triptych (#DCC6) for trumpet or saxophone alone; and Transformations (#318) for saxophone alone by Conners Publications. Also, a critical look at Selected Songs of Dinos Constantinides by Leo Day by Magni Publications.

Mark Francis: Ternary (#312) for clarinet by Conners Publications.

Stephen Lias: Central Park Suite (#311) for woodwind quintet by Conners Publications.

Liduino Pitombeira: Agua de Man and Canto da Chuva for mixed choir by Cantus Quercus Press; The Four Elements for organ (#315) by Conners Publications.

Deon Nielsen Price: Twenty-five titles of short choral works released in 2003, by Culver Crest Publications on Sacred Music Series (www.culvercrest.com).

John Winsor: Caprice (#302) for clarinet by Conners Publications.

Betty Wishart: Remembrance (#313) for piano by Conners Publications.

BROADCASTS

Peter Blauvelt: Moods for double bass and piano was broadcast May 18 by Fast Forward on radio station KUSP, Santa Cruz, CA.

MEMBER NEWS

Beth Anderson: November 19 will bring a major New York City all-Beth Anderson concert at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. The Rubio String Quartet from Belgium will perform a series of Anderson's quartets and Joseph Kubera will be the soloist in her Piano Concerto for string orchestra with percussion and piano. Andrew Bolotowsky will be the flutist in New Mexico Swale for strings, percussion and flute. Gary Schneider will conduct. The Angel for soprano (Jessica Marsten), harp, celeste, 2 violins, viola nd cello (words by Hans Christian Andersen) will also be presented.

Dinos Constantinides directed the Conference concert of the 5th Euromech Conference - Music Session in Thessaloniki, Greece, on August 21, 2003. His works, Dedications for Strings and Patterns for Violin and Strings were included in the program. Violin soloist for Patterns was the concertmaster of the Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra, Simos Papanas. The same piece was presented in San Jose, Costa Rica, by the concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, Jose Castillo, and in Athens and London by the Greek violinist, Anastasios Mavroudis. The Youth Orchestra of Strasbourg, France, performed his work Hellenicon Idyllion for orchestra and reader (with poetry by Pindar), five times on tour in Greece. It will also be presented at a later time in France. His Music for Two Saxophones was presented at the World Congress of Saxophone in Minneapolis in July and his Duo for Violin and Clarinet was premiered in Taipei by Elsa and Walter Verdehr. Finally, his Prelude for String Orchestra and his Midnight Song for soprano and orchestra were performed in San Paulo, Brazil, during Cultural Week, September 10-14, 2003. Rodrigo Vitta conducted the orchestra with soprano Solange Goncalves as soloist.

Tina Davidson has just finished three-month residency at the Penn Wynne Elementary School in Philadelphia. Using her well known Young Composer program, Davidson taught a multi-session residency to 80 third graders who made their own instruments, wrote their own music, rehearsed and performed their works for the school and local community. She also taught instrument building to the remaining 375 students. The residency concluded with an evening performance of student works, and a display of their instruments.

Stefania de Kenessey: Baritone Christopheren Nomura performed Autumn Elegy September 12 on the opening concert of the Chamber Concert Series in Santa Rosa, California, accompanied by pianist Daniel Lockert. Written in response to the tragedy of 9/11, the song cycle uses texts by award-winning poet Dana Gioia, the current director of the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) and a long-time resident of Sonoma County. The performance will be repeated on Thursday, December 4, on the concert series at Trinity Church in NY City.

Joel Feigin: Scenes from Feigin's opera-in-progress, Twelfth Night, was performed by New York City Opera as part of VOX 2003: Showcasing American Composers on May 7; also in May, Song of Loving-Kindness - a winner of top honors in the Waging Peace Through Singing competition - was performed at the Laguna Blanca School, where Feigin is Composer-in-Residence.

Deon Nielsen Price received a grant from Arts International to perform her Three Faces of Kim, the Napalm Girl with festival violinist, Wharim Kim, at Kumho Art Center in Seoul, Korea. She was one of eight composers selected to represent the United States at the International Festival of Women in Music in April, where more than 300 composers and performers from many countries participated in seven well-attended concerts of new music held in various professional concert halls around the city. The City of Culver City Cultural Affairs produced a recital of works by Deon Nielsen Price on the Music in the Chambers Series held in the Culver City Hall Council Chambers, May 22. Serenade in the Chambers for viola, clarinet and piano was composed especially for the occasion and performed by Nancy Roth, viola and the Price Duo: Berkeley Price, clarinets and Deon Nielsen Price, composer/pianist. Other works on the program were Big Sur Triptych cl/pno; Mesuree Mexicana cl/pno; Stile Antico solo vln; Diversions pno; Clariphonia A,Eb clarinet, basset hn, Eb contrabass cl/pno; Three Faces of Kim, the Napalm Girl Bb cl and Eb contrabass cl/pno; and America Themes Eb and A cl/pno. In his review for "Blue Pacific Newspapers," Stephen M. Fry (UCLA Music Librarian retired) first described each piece and then concluded: "Deon Price's sophisticated, innovative and beautifully performed music brought great delight to the 150 persons who gathered for this concert. The program evoked a wide range of emotions, from solemnity and patriotism to romance and humor."