Member News -- Spring, 2001
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- Mar. 20 - Premiere of an arrangement of America by Tamara Rucker (hn), Jenney Benoit (trb) and Jonathan Barre (euph) and the premiere of Fugue in C minor by the LSMSA String Ensemble (Rachel Arretteig, Gary Fernandez, Suzanne van Duym, violins; Mari Novosad, viola; William Smith, cello), at the LSMSA String and Wind Ensemble concert, Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, Natchitoches, LA.
- Feb. 18 - The Carpenter-Wood Rag by Bruce Bullock (clar) and the composer (pno), Étude on 3-Tones by Bruce Bullock, and Three Jazz Preludes by Charles Jones (pno) on the Louisiana Composers Consortium Concert #7, Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, Natchitoches, LA.
- Jan. 11 - Praise and Ephesians 5:19 by Carson Cooman (organ) at the Memorial Church, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
- Dec. 28 - Ephesians 5:19 by Carson Cooman (piano) at the Fairport Baptist Church, Rochester, NY.
- Dec. 11 - Fantasia--"On Angels' Wings" by Kayla Evans.(violin) at the Harvard University Library, Cambridge, MA.
- Dec. 3 - Three Jazz Preludes by pianist Charles Jones, and To an Unborn Soul by flautist Zendra White and Jones (piano) at the Louisiana Composers Consortium Concert #6, LSU Recital Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.
- Nov. 29 - The Carpenter-Wood Rag by Gil Mann (sop. sax) and Carson Cooman (pno) at the First United Church of Christ, Toronto, CANADA.
- Nov. 16 - Fugue in C minor by Carson Cooman (organ) at the Methodist Church, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
- Feb. 26 - First String Trio on a Tampa Bay Composers' Forum in St. Petersburg, FL.
- Mar. 30 - Premiere of Piano Quartet on a Tampa Bay Composers' Forum in St. Petersburg, FL.
- Nov. 20 - Premiere of Sons Célestes for Percussion Ensemble by Robert McCormick and his percussion studio at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL.
- Nov. 16 - Six Short Pieces for Guitar by Matt Daniels at St. Petersburg Junior College, FL, and again on Nov. 14 in Baton Rouge, LA.
- Nov. 12 - Shadows for Soprano and Tenor Saxophones, Cello and Accordion by Angela Wyatt and friends in Minneapolis, MN.
- Oct. 20 - Premiere of Five Studies for Violin and Viola on a Tampa Bay Composers' Forum in St. Petersburg, FL.
- Mar. 30 - Olga's Songs by Olga Tamvakos in Athens, Greece.
- Mar. 12 - Premiere of Music for Violin and Clarinet by the Verdehr Duo, and Oracle at Delphi for flute, clarinet and piano by the Greek Composers Association in Athens, Greece.
- Mar. 9 - Greek Dance and The Singing Cucaracha by the Louisiana Sinfonietta in Baton Rouge, LA; repeated on Mar. 8; on Feb. 16 in Walker, LA; and Mar. 15 in Donaldsonville, LA.
- Mar. 9 - Premiere of Lazy Jack and His Fiddle by Kelly Smith Toney at St. James Place, Baton Rouge, LA.
- Mar. 3 - Rhapsody II at the Tampa Bay Composers Forum in St. Petersburg, FL.
- Feb. 18 - Family Triptych by flautist Zendra White on the Louisiana Composers Consortium Concert #7, Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, Natchitoches, LA.
- Feb. 13 - The Dancing Turtle and Dedications for Strings by the Louisiana Sinfonietta at Magnet High School, Baton Rouge, LA.
- Feb. 7 - Premiere of Antigone Fantasy by the LSU Symphony in Baton Rouge, LA.
- Jan. 26 - Flute Concerto by the English Chamber Orchestra in Baton Rouge, LA; and on Feb. 25 in Daytona Beach, FL.
- Jan. 17 - Trio for Violin, Sax, and Piano at the Athens Conservatory in Athens, Greece.
- Nov. 19 - Premiere of Voices of the Millenniums by the Louisiana Sinfonietta in Baton Rouge, LA.
- Nov. 19 - Preludio for String Quartet by the Barbosa Quartet in Lisbon, Portugal.
- Nov. 16 - States of Mind for Guitar Alone by Matthew Daniels in Tampa Bay, FL; and on Nov. 14 in Baton Rouge, LA.
- Mar. 25 - Premiere of Paper, Glass, String & Wood for three string quartets including Paul Roby, Yayoi Numazawa, Burchard Tang, Ohad Bar-David from The Philadelphia Orchestra and high school students from Girard Academic Music Program and Settlement Music School at the Fleisher Art Memorial, PA.
- Mar. 2 - Tapestry by Steven Gross (hn), Chiao-Ling Sun (vln), Louise Thomas (pno) at Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara. Also performed on Feb. 7 at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York City.
- Dec. 12 - Three's Company by Jayn Rosenfeld (fl/picc), Taimur Sullivan (sax), and Eric Huebner (pno) at Merkin Hall, New York City.
- Oct. 2 - Skyscapes II by Louis Hanzlik (trp) and the Atlantic String Quartet at Merkin Hall, New York City.
- 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.
- Dec. 17 - Now is the Time (nine carols for baritone, chorus, brass quintet, and timpani) Schola Cantorum, Palo Alto, CA; and on Dec. 16 in Saratoga, CA.
- Dec. 10 - Four Carols (a capella women's chorus) by the Portsmouth Women's Chorus, Portsmouth, NH; also on Dec. 8.
- Dec. 9 - Premiere of Nay Ivy, Nay (a capella mixed chorus) by the Green Bay Chamber Chorus, Green Bay, WI; and on Dec. 8.
- Dec. 9 - Premiere of The Shepherd and the King (mixed chorus and harp) on the Plymouth Music Series, St. Paul, MN; also on Dec. 8 and Dec. 3.
- Nov. 11 - Premiere of Jolly Jankin (a capella mixed chorus) by Ward Melville NS Camerata, Ithaca, NY; and by the San Jose Choral Project, Palo Alto, CA.
- Nov. 18 - Four Little Pieces for Strings by the Cornell Chamber Orchestra, the composer guest conducting, in Barnes Hall, Cornell University.
- Nov. 7 - Evocations of Slovakia by the Drapela Trio in Brno, Czech Republic.
- Nov. 4 - Song ("Good night") by the New York All-State Choir at the NYSSMA Conference in Oneonta, NY.
- Oct. 17 - Les Couleurs Fauves by the Ithaca Concert Band, Steve Peterson, conducting, Ithaca College, NY.
Margaret S. Meier:
- Mar. 10 - Premiere of 5 Songs from Williams performed by the Gregg Smith Singers at Saint Peter's Church in the Citigroup Center, New York City.
- Jan. 21 - Celebration, Sorrow, Strength (art songs about Biblical women) by Deborah Kavasch (sop) and Deon Nielson Price (pno) on the In Praise of Music series at the Church of the Lighted Window, La Canada, CA.
- Dec. 3 - Premiere of God With Us: 2000 Years by the combined choirs of six churches, directed by the composer, for an Ecumenical Advent Service at La Verne Church of the Brethren, La Verne, CA.
- Nov. 26 - Premiere of Millennial Magic by the Claremont Symphony, James Fahringer, directing, at Garrison Theatre, Claremont, CA. On the same concert was also 'Claremont' Symphony, a "violin symphony," with Elise Doran, violin soloist.
- Feb. 18 - Tantric Dreams of a Lotus Blossum (tape) on the Louisiana Composers Consortium Concert #7, Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, Natchitoches, LA.
- Dec. 3 - Strata I by flautist Sarah Berg, and Remembrance by Patrick Tuck, trumpet, and Pepron Pilibossian, piano, at the Louisiana Composers Consortium Concert #6, LSU Recital Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.
- Dec. 8 - Jeanette's Pier for string quartet by the Sunrise Quartet at the Washington Conservatory of Music as part of the Capital Composers Alliance 2000 - 2001 concert season, Bethesda, MD.
- Oct. 20 - Performances of his compositions on Whitman's Poems, Peking University Concert Hall, Beijing, China.
- Mar. 6 - String Quartet No. 3 on the NACUSA concert at Christ & St. Stephan's Church, New York City.
- Jan. 1 - Four Duets for Flute and Clarinet at Los Angeles Harbor College, Los Angeles, CA.
- Nov. 29 - String Quartet No. 5 on WNYC, New York, NY; and Trio for Piano, Horn, & Violin at the Royal Music Conservatory of Antwerp, Belgium.
- Mar. 31 - Three Preludes by Jeanette Winsor, piano, on a NACUSA/Virginia Concert at the University of Richmond, Richmond, VA.
- Mar. 18 - Sonata by the composer, clarinet, and Jeanette Winsor, piano, at Miles United Methodist Church, Norfolk, VA; also on Jan. 20 at the SCI Region III Conference, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA.
Lori Laitman's song cycle for mezzo-soprano and piano trio, Daughters,
was performed Oct. 30, 2000 at Alice Tully Hall. The world premiere
of her Holocaust 1944 song cycle, for baritone voice and double bass,
was premiered at Benaroya Recital Hall in Seattle, WA on November 6,
2000 on The Music of Remembrance Series, with Erich Parce, baritone,
and Gary Karr, doublebass. This cycle will be performed April 29,
2001 at The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum with William Sharp, baritone,
and Harold Robinson, bass. A concert of Laitman's songs will take place May
20, 2001 at Strathmore Hall in Bethesda, MD featuring singers Lauren
Wagner and Randall Scarlata.
Robert Strassburg was honored last October at the first Chinese
International Walt Whitman Conference at Peking University in Beijing. At
Peking University, he was presented with an award of recognition for his
life-long contribution to Whitman scholarship and his multiple settings
of Whitman's poetry.
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.
Al Benner received his seventh consecutive ASCAP Standard Award.
Brian Holmes won the Third Diana Barnhart American Song Competition
for his work Sleep, Grandmother for voice and piano, words by Mark
Van Doren. Seven additional songs of his won Honorable Mention. The
Shepherd and the King for chorus and harp, words by Eleanor Farjeon,
won the Welcome Christmas Carol contest sponsored by the American
Composers Forum and the Plymouth Music Series, St. Paul, MN. Nay Ivy,
Nay for a capella mixed chorus, based on a medieval text, won a Christmas
Carol Contest sponsored by the Green Bay Chamber Chorus. Joly Jankin
for a capella mixed chorus, based on a medieval text, won the 21st Annual
Ithaca College Choral Competition Contest. Holmes also received an ASCAP
William Price received the 2001 Composer's Commissioning Award by
the Louisiana Music Teacher's Association. His work will premiere
in October at the State LMEA Convention in Hammond, LA.
Al Benner: Étude on 3-Tones (solo saxophone and strings,
CP#287); (for solo clarinet and strings, CP#286); (solo oboe and strings,
CP#285), and (solo flute and strings, CP#284); and Fugue in C minor
(string trio, CP#283) by Conners Publications.
Dinos Constantinides: Arrangements of Henri Vieuxtemps' Black Creole
Dance (violin and strings, CP #168; violin and piano, CP #282), and
an arrangement from an original realization for violin and strings
(CP#167) of Louis M. Gottschalk's Souvenir de Porto Rico by Conners
Publications. Fantasia on Irish Songs soprano, harp, strings),
Sinfonietta (chamber orchestra), Millennium Festival Overture
(orchestra), Millennium Festival II (trumpet and orchestra), Music
for Two Violins, Music for Clarinet, Concerto for Alto Sax and
Orchestra, Voices of the Millenniums, Concerto for Sax Quartet
and Orchestra, Encore for Piano Trio and String Orchestra,
Landscapes I for String Orchestra, and Landscapes II for Percussion
by Magni Publications. Suite for a Young Man (piano) by Musica 21
Karel Husa: Song ("Good night") for SATB choir by AMP/G. Schirmer.
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Daniel Kessner's recent recording of Two Visions (flute, clarinet,
violin, violoncello, and piano) has been selected was broadcasted
December 26 through January 1 on the program Attacca on Antenna Internet
Radio (AIR), hosted by Christopher DeLaurenti.
The premiere broadcast of Brian Holmes' The Shepherd and the King
(mixed chorus and harp) was done in December on Minnesota Public Radio
and Public Radio National along with an interview with the composer.
Dinos Constantinides: Millennium Festival Overture on Vienna Modern Masters.
Brian Fennelly: Ambrosial Mornings (Thoreau Fantasy No. 2),
Chrysalis (the final movement of A Thoreau Symphony) and
Reflections/Metamorphoses by the Polish National Symphony (Katowic)
conducted by Joel Eric Suben on the Albany label.
Lori Laitman: Mystery - The Songs of Lori Laitman was released by
Albany Records in August 2000. Featured singers are William Sharp
(bari) and Phyllis Bryn-Julson and Lauren Wagner (sop).
Dinos Constantinides: Storytelling for Solo Flute and
Storytelling for Solo Flute and String Orchestra was commissioned
by Sarah Beth Hanson through a Department of the Arts grant. Olga's Songs
was commissioned by Olga Tamvakos of the Athens Baroque Ensemble.
Millennium Festival II was commissioned by Mobile International Affairs
and Tourism and the University of Southern Alabama. Landscapes III
for saxophone alone was commissioned by Th. Sotiriades from Greece.
Brian Fennelly: Arias and Intermezzi (String Quartet No. 2) for the
Pro Arte String Quartet at the University of Wisconsin, commissioned
by the Koussevitsky Foundation in the Library of Congress. Aslo New
Work for the viola da gamba consort Parthenia, commissioned by Maverick
Concerts, Woodstock, NY.
Brian Holmes: Three Songs for women's chorus and piano commissioned
by the Peninsula Women's Chorus. The words are from poems written
by elementary school students as a part of a poetry-in-the-schools
project. Also two songs--Roger Bobo Plays the Tuba for treble chorus,
tuba and piano with words by John Updike; and So we'll go no more
a roving for treble chorus, flute, horn and piano with words of
Byron--was commissioned by the Cantablile Children's Chorus.
Jack Behrens has been appointed Director of Academic Studies at The
Glenn Gould Professional School of The Royal Conservatory of Music
(Toronto) following his recent retirement from The University of Western
Ontario where he served as Dean of the Faculty of Music (1980-86).
His composition, Egre' Music for violin or viola or cello and piano
has been broadcast on the CBC and performed throughout Canada.
Dinos Constantinides is now included in the New Grove's Dictionary of Music.
Karel Husa's Music for Prague 1968 was performed last fall
by Northwestern University, University of Miami, the Wind Conference on
Oneonta, NY, and Texas State University among other ensembles. The Czech
premiere of the original version was given on November 11 by the Prague Castle
Ensemble, President Havel's Wind Military Band. I. Symphony was performed
October 18 in Prague during the "Prague 2000" Festival by the Symphony
orchestra led by Jiri Belohlavek in Smetana Hall. Other works performed
during the Oct. 16-21 were Evocations of Slovakia, Five Poems,
Postcard from Home, Elegie et Rondeau. 4th String Quartet,
Sonatina for Piano, Elegie, and Frammenti, and the
Czech Radio devoted five evenings to other Husa's works. In addition, Husa
received a Honoris Causa Doctorate from the Academy of Musical Arts. All events
were under the auspices of the Karel Husa Week in Prague.
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|Brian Fennelly ||Charles D. Gerard ||Matthew Halper |
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|David Rubenstein ||Amy Scurria ||Robert Stine |
|Vicki Trimbach ||Awilda Villarini ||Michael G. Williams |
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