Member News -- Winter, 2003-2004

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PERFORMANCES

COMMISSIONS

RECORDINGS

AWARDS

PUBLICATIONS

BROADCASTS

MEMBER NEWS


PERFORMANCES

Al Benner: Dinos Constantinides: Nancy Bloomer Deussen: Daniel Kessner: Liduino Pitombeira: Jeannie Pool: William Price:

COMMISSIONS

Dinos Constantinides was commissioned by Linda Strommen for the work Threnos of Creon for Oboe and Strings; and by Iwona Glinka for Piccolo Concerto.

VocalEssence has commissioned Tina Davidson to write a large new work for their 26 member Ensemble Singers under the direction of Philip Brunelle. The work, entitled Hymn of the Universe, is based on the writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, an ardent Christian, an internationally known scientist and prolific religious writer who died in the 1950s. Using texts from his hymn-like prayer, "The Mass of the World," and his riveting "Hymn to Matter," Davidson delves into the spirit of Chardin's writing, revealing "the essence of things - a living heart beating with the fiery energy of love and compassion." Hymn of the Universe is scored for SATB chorus, English horn, string quartet and marimba, and received its premiere on March 13, 2004 in Minneapolis.

Nancy Bloomer Deussen won a commission from the Foundation for Universal Sacred Music for a new choral work to be premiered in New York City in Fall, 2004.

RECORDINGS

Beth Anderson's new CD from Pogus Productions is out entitled PEACHY KEEN-O, an all recording of her text-sound, graphic, electro-acoustic, and electronic music from the 1970's including Torero Piece, Tower of Power, Peachy Keen-O, Ocean Motion Mildew Mind, Country Time, Yes Sir Ree, I Can't Stand It, Joan, and Ode. The performers include Beth and Marjorie Anderson, Linda Collins, Kitty Mraw, Ana Perez, Wharton Tiers, Michael Blair and Spec Edwards. Pogus Productions-P21030-2 is available at www.pogus.com or call toll-free, 877.692.7999 or write Pogus, 50 Ayr Rd., Chester, NY 10918-2409. The current price is $14.00 plus S&H. There is more information and an MP3 at www.pogus.com/21030.html.

Brian Conn: Classical Angst Records heralds the latest release by The Brian Conn New Music Ensemble: Requiem for chorus and chamber orchestra. Conn's work, based on the Latin mass for the dead, was completed in 2000 and was recorded in October of 2003 under the direction of William Chin for Conn's independent label. Requiem is a tonal work full of captivating melodies and harmonies that not only showcases its soloists and chorus but displays Conn's innate ability for orchestration. William Chin, director of the Arianna Singers, deftly conducts soloists, Mary Ann Beatty, Kristi McGonagle-French, John Eskola, Kevin Hall and a 40 member ensemble in this fifty minute work of operatic proportions. Requiem for chorus and orchestra can be purchased at www.classicalangst.com, www.amazon.com, www.cdbaby.com, www.itunes.com, and other on-line retailers and music download sites.

Dinos Constantinides: Antigone - Opera in 3 Acts on Vestige Records; "Music for Solo Flute from LSU" with Iwona Glinka and "Musical Stories for Children" by the Louisiana Sinfonietta on Magni Publications.

AWARDS

Dinos Constantinides received an ASCAP Plus Award.

PUBLICATIONS

Dinos Constantinides: Family Triptych (#DCC8) for soprano or tenor saxophone or clarinet and strings by Conners Publications.

BROADCASTS

Nancy Bloomer Deussen's compositions were heard throughout the year on radio stations: WNYC-New York City; WCYN-Syracuse, NY; WPRB-Princeton, NJ; WOMR-Provincetown, MA; WGDR-Vermont; and KUSP, Santa Cruz, CA.

MEMBER NEWS

Beth Anderson had a concert on November 19 at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City entitled "Swales and Angels -- An Evening of the Music of Beth Anderson." Performed on that concert were Flute Swale for flute solo, January Swale for string quartet, March Swale for string quartet, Pennyroyal Swale for string quartet, Rosemary Swale for string quartet, Piano Concerto for piano, strings and percussion, The Angel for soprano, harp, celesta and strings, and New Mexico Swale for flute, percussion and strings. The performers were the Rubio String Quartet; Jessica Marsten, soprano; Joseph Kubera, piano and celesta; Gary M. Schneider, conductor; Andrew Bolotowsky, flute; Andre Tarantiles, harp; David Rozenblatt, percussion; and Darren Campbell. The repertoire on this concert (except for Flute Swale) will be out on a New World CD this year.

Nancy Bloomer Deussen: Lecture/Recital on her compositions on Nov. 19 for San Jose Music Study Club in San Jose, CA. Another Lecture/Recital on Sept. 17 at Westminster Presbyterian Church (noon concert series) in Sacramento, CA. She had a World Premiere on Feb. 14th of her new orchestral work TICO by The Mission Chamber Orchestra conducted by Emily Ray in San Jose, CA (with more to follow). She also received a grant from The American Composers Forum for work on TICO.