Member News -- Spring, 2002

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PERFORMANCES

Daniel Adams: Beth Anderson: Al Benner: Peter Blauvelt: Bernard Brindel: Dinos Constantinides: John M. Crabtree: Tina Davidson: Stefania de Kenessey: Nancy Bloomer Deussen: Orlando Jacinto Garcia: Charles Haarhues: Jeffrey Hoover: Karel Husa: Daniel Kessner: Lori Laitman: William Price: Erich Stem: Paul Stouffer: Dawn Williams: John Winsor:

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Tina Davidson: Beyond the Blue Horizon, a newly commissioned work by The National Symphony Orchestra under the music direction of Leonard Slatkin received its premiere at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. in January 2002. During the summer of 2001, WHYY-TV director and producer Glenn Holsten commissioned Davidson to write a new work for piano trio without showing her any of the footage of new documentary, Thomas Eakins: Scenes from Modern Life. Bodies in Motion, which is in four movements, became portraits of Eakins' paintings. The documentary aired on Oct. 30. St. Paul Chamber Orchestra commissioned a chamber version of Davidson's The Selkie Boy. Originally scored for narrator and full orchestra, Davidson reworked her piece for chamber orchestra. Nobu Yasuda conducted the two performances of The Selkie Boy with narrator Euan Kerr, an announcer and reporter for Minnesota Public Radio on Dec. 1. Davidson received the Singing City Commission t new work for chorus to commemorate the events of September 11th in a positive and life-affirming manner. The work, Walk in the Light for a cappella SATB, uses a poem by a local poet and choir member as well as texts from Isaiah.

William Price received the 2001 Louisiana Music Teachers Association Commissioning Award and premiered his work Suite for Saxophone Quartet at the 2001 LMTA State Convention on October 26 at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA.

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Mark Alburger's opera The Little Prince (after the story by Antoine de Saint- Exupery), was the first-prize winner of the DU Festival of New Plays and Operas last spring. It played at Dominican University, Nov. 23 thru Dec. 9.

John M. Crabtree was one of two winners in the Penn State University College of Arts and Architecture's Composition Competition for Two Commencement Marches for the Penn State University Trombone Choir.

David Rubinstein received the Recognition of Excellence Award at the Diana Barnhart American Song Composers Competition and the Ojai Festival/Gould Foundation Award.

Erich Stem was selected as one of the four winners of the Walsum Competition for his piano trio, After Rain. The competition, sponsored by the University of Maryland and philanthropist, Walter Summers, included a premiere performance by the Opus 3 trio as part of the "Music of Our Time: A Discovery Series" held at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland.

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Dinos Constantinides had the following works broadcasted on WOMR 92.1 FM, Provincetown, MA: Sept. 13 - China IV (cello concerto) by Ning Tien and the Louisiana Sinfonietta; Sept. 6 - Marcha de Galvez by the Louisiana Sinfonietta; Aug. 9 - Voices of the Millenniums by the Louisiana Sinfonietta; and May 31 - Symphony No. IV by the Constanta Symphony.

Jeffrey Hoover's Chiaroscuro for solo violin was performed in a live radio concert by Rachel Barton in Chicago, WFMT and internationally thorough Internet broadcasting on Dec. 2. Due to popular demand, the program was rebroadcast on Jan. 17.

The Radio/Internet program "Music from CSUN" included two items of special significance for Daniel Kessner. Two works which he conducted with the CSUN Symphony last May was broadcasted: Celebrations for Flute and Orchestra and Debussy's Premiere Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Orchestra. The soloist for Celebrations is Catherine Ransom, of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and CSUN grad student Wendy Mazon is the soloist in the Debussy. This took place on Jan. 23, at 7:00 pm PST (San Fernando Valley area, FM 88.5) and simultaneously over the Internet at www.kcsn.org.

Erich Stem's Bay Images and Shaded Gray were recently featured on The Latest Score, hosted by Canary Burton on WOMR, 92.1FM, Cape Cod, MA.

MEMBER NEWS

Daniel Adams received 2 performances of his music in Spain (fall of 2001). Spanish percussionist Juan Ponsoda performed the European premiere of Isorhythmic Concerto (perc solo/sym wind ens) on Dec. 29, in Mutaxamel, Alicante on a concert presented by the "La Alianza" Musical Society of Mutxamel. The percussion ensemble of the Alcoyana Symphonic Orchestra premiered Alicante Quartet (a work commissioned by the ensemble) on Nov. 16 in Benetusser, Valencia.

Dinos Constantinides had music of his played on Dec. 4, 5, 6, and 9 in Athens, Greece. Works performed were Fantasia for Solo Saxophone, Fantasia for Solo Flute, Rhapsody II, Transformations for Solo Clarinet, Storytelling, The Oracle of Delphi, Reflections for Theofilos, Legend for Sax and Percussion, Mutability Fantasy, Impressions II for Sax and Piano, Delphic Hymn, and Music for Sax Quartet.. He also gave ten lectures on his music in the month of December in five institutions throughout Greece.

Last July, Tina Davidson began a 4-month residency project funded through a Mid-Atlantic Artist as Catalyst grant. The Listening to the Earth project was based on an artistic exchange between Davidson and a New Jersey community of children, adults and two local choirs who created a musical statement honoring the rural lands in that area. Davidson worked intensively with young people at a six week summer camp, helping them to express their personal connection to their environment by creating their own instruments and original music. She wrote a major choral work for the intergenerational chorus Lauda! Chamber Singers, and the Gloucester County Children's Choir for a June 2002 performance.

David Rubinstein's Sonatina for Woodwinds (1998: ww quint) was chosen out of over 60 pieces sent to be performed on the New Directions Concerts under the auspices of the Bakersfield Symphony on Feb. 24. The piece was premiered by Calico Winds and also performed last year by the North Wind Quintet at the Church of the Lighted Window In Praise of Music series in La Canada, CA. His most recent work, Cappuccino Concertino, received its world premiere at the In Praise of Music series, featuring Renee Sousa, baritone René Aravena and harpsichordist Patricia Mabee.

Heng-lu Yao has composed various music pieces and published a book "Technical Analyses of 20th Century Music Composition" (in Chinese in 2000). He has published over 20 academic papers, one of which "The Combinatorial Composing Principle of Trichord Set-Analysis to Babbitt's Semi-simple Variation" earned him a Certificate of Achievement in selection of the internet by Colby Information Center of Science and Culture, USA, in 2000.

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