Member News -- Spring, 2001

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PERFORMANCES

PUBLICATIONS

COMMISSIONS

RECORDINGS

AWARDS

MEMBER NEWS

BROADCAST MEDIA

NEW MEMBERS


PERFORMANCES

Al Benner: Peter Blauvelt: Dinos Constantinides: Tina Davidson: Joel Feigin: Brian Fennelly: Herb Gellis: Brian Holmes: Karel Husa: Geoffrey Kidde: Margaret S. Meier: William Price: Erich Stem: Robert Strassburg: Lucille Swack: John Winsor:

AWARDS

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 Standard Award.

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.

PUBLICATIONS

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 Publishing.

Karel Husa: Song ("Good night") for SATB choir by AMP/G. Schirmer.

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Magni Publications
947 Daventry Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
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BROADCAST MEDIA

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.

RECORDINGS

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).

COMMISSIONS

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.

MEMBER NEWS

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.

NEW MEMBERS

Jacob Barton     Larry T. Bell     Mark J. Dugas   
Craig S. Elliott     Richard H. Englefield     L. John Ernst   
Brian Fennelly     Charles D. Gerard     Matthew Halper   
Matthew Johnson     Bill Kelley     Douglas Ovens   
David Rubenstein     Amy Scurria     Robert Stine   
Vicki Trimbach     Awilda Villarini     Michael G. Williams   
Steven P. Wolf     raymond Wojcik     Demetris Zavros