Member News -- Winter, 1999-2000
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- Dec. 4 - Ephesians 5:19 (piano), Three Little Pieces for Piano, and Praise (organ) by Carson Cooman at the Appleharvest Chamber Festival concert, Albany, NY..
- Nov. 16 - Reflections upon a Windowsill by Mary Beth Richardson (oboe) and Pamela Kelly (piano) at the La Crosse New Music Festival, 1999-Concert I, Annett Recital Hall, University of Wisconsin La Crosse.
- Nov. 13 - Premiere of "Grace" Variations by Heather Grier (violin) and Benjamin Salsbury (cello) at the SCI Region IV Conference, Clarke Recital Hall, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.
- Nov. 5 - Premiere of A Psalm of Life (SATB) by the LSMSA Concert Chorale, Lisa Benner, director, Louisiana School for Math Science and the Arts Chorale concert, Magale Hall, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA.
- Oct. 26 - Through a Baby's Eyes by Lisa Benner (sopr) and the composer (pno) at Louisiana School Composers & Friends concert, Magale Hall, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA.
- Oct. 24 - Ephesians 5:19 (organ) by Carson Cooman at the United Presbyterian Church, Interlaken, NY.
- Oct. 22 - Premiere of Étude on 3-Tones (clar) by H. Jack Palmer and the Three Little Pieces for Piano by Carson Cooman at the Art and Music Series Concert #2, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY.
- Oct. 9 - Reflections upon a Windowsill by Zendra White (flute) and the composer (piano) and Étude on 3-Tones by White at the Louisiana Composers Consortium Concert #1. LSMSA Auditorium, Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, Natchitoches, LA..
- Oct. 3 - Praise (organ) by Carson Cooman and Reflections upon a Windowsill by R. Watling (flute) and Cooman.(piano) at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Pittsford, NY.
- Sept. 26 - Psalm 100 by D. Collins (soprano) and Carson Cooman (piano), and Three Little Pieces for Piano by Cooman at the .West End Christian Reformed Church, Toronto, Canada.
- Sept. 24 - Ephesians 5:19 (piano) by the composer at the Faculty Showcase, LSMSA Auditorium, Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, Natchitoches, LA. Another performance on Sept. 19 by Carson Cooman along with Praise (organ) at the Rochester Christian Reformed Church, Penfield, NY.
Kendall D. Briggs:
- Nov. 11 - Monuments (wind octet) by a University of Miami student group, Dennis Kam conducting, SCI Region IV conference, Miami, FL
- Nov. 4 - Six Bagatelles for Piano by Duda di Cavalcanti on a Mid- South NACUSA concert, Baton Rouge, LA.
- Oct. 23 - "Mountain Night," 1st Sonata for Cello and Piano by Theresa Villani and the composer, Tampa Bay Composers' Forum, Tampa, FL; and Nov. 6 by the same performers.
- Oct. 1 - From Another World (sax quartet) by the Ancia Quartet on the SCI Region V Conference, Grinnell, IA; and on Dec. 2 on a Mid-South NACUSA concert, Baton Rouge, LA.
- Jul. 20 - Fanfare for Trumpet by Patrick Tuck on a Mid-South NACUSA concert, Baton Rouge, LA.
- Jun. 10 &19 - Emotions (soprano, double bass) by Montse Sola and Manel Ortega-Ferrer, Barcelona, Spain.
- May 15 - 2nd Sonata for Cello and Piano by Theresa Villani and the composer, Tampa Bay Composers' Forum, St. Petersburg, FL.
- Feb. 26 - Rhapsody for Alto Saxophone and Percussion by Gail Levinsky and Robert Dammin, Southeastern Composer's League Conference, Starkville, MS; and on Apr. 11 by Valerie Gillespie and Robert McCormick in Tampa, FL.
- Jan. 15 - Variations, 8th Piano Sonata by the composer, Tampa Bay Composers' Forum, St. Petersburg, FL.
- Oct. 17 - Premiere of Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra (...a riveder le stelle) by the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra at Merkin Concert Hall, NYC.
- Oct. 10 - Revelry by pianist Matthew Hagle on Celebration of the Arts Month, First Congregational Church, Wilmette, IL.
- Oct. 2 - Busy, Busy (3 children's songs) danced by children of Mary Ann Lajoie-Sandroff's dance studio from a recording by Jane Haley (sop) and Evelyn White (pno), Celebration of the Arts Month, First Congregational Church, Wilmette, IL.
- Nov. 27-Dec. 5 - Festival of the composer's music in Athens, Greece.
- Nov. 14 - Premiere of Concerto of Psalms (vln, clar, orch) by Elsa and Walter Verdehr and the Louisiana Sinfonietta on a LS concert, the composer conducting, Baton Rouge, LA.
- Nov. 11 - Midnight Fantasy by the University of Miami Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Sleeper, conducting, at the SCI Region IV Conference, Gusman Concert Hall, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.
- Oct. 9 - Storytelling - Six Character Pieces for solo flute by Sarah Berg (flute) at the Louisiana Composers Consortium Concert #1. LSMSA Auditorium, Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, Natchitoches, LA..
Stefania de Kenessey:
- Dec. 27 - King of Hearts by the Holy Infant Jesus Choir, sopr solo by the composer, Manuel Madrigal organist, for the first Infant Jesus Novena Celebration of The Great Jubilee A.D. 2000, Our Lady of Peace Church and Shrine, Santa Clara, CA. Repeated on Sept. 20 and July 12 by the same performers at the same church.
- Oct. 3 - Wool on The Lamb and If Today You Hear His Voice by pianist Michael Schmite, sopr solo by composer, Sr. Roseanne Murphy, alto, for the College of Notre Dame Faculty/Alumni Reunion Mass, Cummingham Memorial Chapel with Bishop John C. Wester, Belmont, CA.
Nancy Bloomer Deussen:
- Sept 18 - Premiere of the song cycle High Summer by Metropolitan Opera soprano Heidi Skok and the Meridian String Quartet, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, NYC.
- Nov. 22 - Reflections on the Hudson (orch) by the Clemson University Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Levin, Clemson, SC.
- Nov. 21 - Premiere of The World is a Butterfly's Wing (song cycle) by Delmar Mc Comb, tenor, Darcy Rindt, viola, and the composer, piano, Derriere Guard Festival SomArts Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Repeated on Dec. 8 at the Paradise Lounge San Francisco, CA.
- Nov. 20 - Carmel by-the-Sea (cham orch) by The Mission Chamber Orchestra conducted by Emily Ray Petite Trianon, San Jose, CA.
- Oct. 30 - "Rondo" from Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano at the NACUSA concert at The Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA.
- Oct. 19 - Premiere of Tribute to the Ancients (brass quintet) in honor of Sempervirens environmental club centennial, Adobe Lodge, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA.
- Oct. 16 - Parisian Caper for alto sax, clarinet and piano at the Clatsop Community College, Astoria, OR. Repeated on Oct. 24 at The University of New Hampshire Department of Music; and on Oct. 25 by SOUNDMOVES from Western Oregon University at Bard College at Annandale -on-the-Hudson.
- Aug. 21 - Woodwind Quintet by The Stanford Woodwind Quintet, St Luke's Episcopal Church in Los Gatos, CA.
- May 27 - Premiere of Dolmen and also the Suite After Milhaud by pianist Rosemary Catanese at the Royal Oak Public Library, Royal Oak, MI.
- Dec. 10 - Concerto for Wind Ensemble by the Rudgers University Wind Ensemble, Richard Clark conducting, Rudgers University, N. Brunswick, NJ.
- Dec. 6 - Sonatina for Violin and Piano by E. Altschuker and Charles Griffits, Julliard School, NYC.
- Dec. 5 - Evocations of Slovakia by J. Nelson, E. Bartlett, M. Nuccio, NY Philharmonic Ensembles, Merkin Hall, NYC.
- Nov. 18, 19, 20 - Concerto for Orchestra by the Cleveland Orchestra, Stephen Smith conducting, Cleveland, OH.
- Nov. 10 - String Quartet No. 1 by Suk Quartet, Chamber Society, Czech Philharmonic, Dvorak Hall, Prague, Czech Republic.
- Oct. 26 - Five Poems for Wind Quintet by the Laureate Wind Quintet, Morgantown, WV. Repeated by the same group on Oct. 28 in Fredonia, NY; on Nov. 2 at Ithaca College, NY; and on Nov. 3 at Ithaca High, NY.
- Oct. 2 - Celebracion (orch) by the Ithaca College Symphony, Charles Peltz conducting, at the opening of the Ithaca College new James J. Whalen Center for Music, NY.
- Sept. 16 - Sonata a Tre by the Ithaca College Trio at Cornell University, NY. Repeated Oct. 2 at Ithaca College, NY.
- Sept. 16 - Divertimento, Pastoral, and Four Little Pieces (string orch) by the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, R. Clark conducting, Merkin Hall, NY.
- Aug. 10 - String Quartet No. 2 by the Apollon Quartet, Munich, Germany.
- July - Ten works for cham orch, orch, and band at the Hartwick College Summer Festival in Oneonta, NY.
Michael A. Kimbell:
- Nov. 23 - Prelude and Dance (gtr) by Mathew Daniels, Sheldon Concert Hall, St. Louis, MO. Also by the same artist on Nov. 19, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Gerardeau, MO; on Nov. 13, SCI Region IV Conference, Miami, FL; on Nov. 5 and 9, Baton Rouge, LA; on Aug. 8, London, England.
- Nov. 8 - Metamorphix (vla, vc) by members of the Louisiana Contemporary Chamber Players, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.
- May 9 - Millennium (string orch) by the Louisiana Sinfonietta, Baton Rouge.
- April 4 - Six Potential Episodes in Time, Space, and Energy (pno) at the second ppIANISSIMO Festival of Contemporary Piano Music in Sofia, Bulgaria.
- Nov. 6 - Night Songs by the San Francisco Community Music Center Orchestra conducted by Urs Leonhardt Steiner, First Unitarian Church, San Francisco.
- May 10 - Celestial Encounters and Nebulae for solo piano by Edmund Kimbell, American Composers Forum salon in San Francisco.
- Mar. 13, 20 - Romanza for oboe, clarinet and piano, at NACUSA concerts at Palo Alto Art Center and San Francisco Community Music Center.
Brian J. Nelson:
- Dec. 12 - Shepherd's song at Christmas on words of Langston Hughes by Andrew White, baritone, and the composer, piano, Rocky River Memorial Hall.
- Dec. 9 - Premiere of three Christmas chorals by the Joseph Academy Choir.
- Nov. 7 - Premiere of Antithesis (pno duet) by Coren Estrin Kleve and Spencer Myer, on a Cleveland Composers Guild concert.
- Nov. 2 - Premiere of Sonata for Violin and Piano by Mary Beth Ions (vln) and the composer at St. Peters Episcopal Church, Lakewood, CA.
- Oct. 31 - Two Impressions and the premiere of Jubilation by the piano duet of Pauline Bushman and Salina Nystrom, Graves Piano Auditorium, North Olmsted, CA.
- Oct. 24 - Souvenir (fl, hrp) on a memorial concert for organist Alfred Carter, Mt. Zion Congregation Church.
- Sept. 19 - Psalm 100 (SATB, piano, recorder) by the Lutheran Church of the Living Christ Choir, New Sanctuary Dedication Service, Madison, WI.
- Sept. 26 - Lyric for Piano Solo by Carroll Chilton at the Mills Concert Hall, Madison, WI.
Lisa R. Ragsdale:
- Dec. 2 - Passion for Maria (vln) by Heather Pinson, Mid-South NACUSA concert, Baton Rouge Gallery, LA.
- Oct. 9 - Let Freedom Ring (tape) and Strata I (fl), Louisiana Composers Consortium Concert at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Natchitoches, LA.
- Sept. 27 - Two Pieces for Brass Quintet by Louisiana Brass on a Louisiana Sinfonietta concert at LSU Recital Hall, Baton Rouge, LA. Repeated on Nov. 12 on the SCI's Region IV Conference concert at Victor E. Clarke Recital Hall, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.
- July 20 - A Crime of Passion (tape), Mid-South NACUSA chapter concert, LSU Recital Hall, Baton Rouge, LA.
- July 1 - Rush Hour (tenor sax and tape) performed by John Perrine, LSU Recital Hall, Baton Rouge, LA.
B. J. Rosco:
- Sept. - Octet (winds, brass) in Milford, DE.
- Apr. 11 - Premiere of Visions: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by Joanna Hodges, pianist, and the Vancouver Symphony, Salvador Brotons, conducting, Durst Theatre, Vancouver, WA.
- Nov. 13 - Piano Trio No. 1: Elegy performed by Daphne Chen, vln, Whitney Griggs, vcl, and Dorothy Spafard Hull, pno, and Piano Suite No. 1: The Resonance of Childhood by Dorothy Spafard Hull, Villa Gardens, Pasadena, CA.
- Nov. 11 - Premiere of Journey for electric violin and electronic soundscape, by violinist Mary Lou Newmark at a SEAMUS concert hosted by Mu Phi Epsilon in Pacific Palisades, CA.
- Oct. 17 - Sonata for Piano performed by Teresa McCollough at University of Louisiana in New Orleans, LA.
- Oct. 17 - Evensong Suite for Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon and Piano performed by Patricia Cloud-Kaufmann, flute, Lawrence Hughes, clarinet, Jenice Rosen, bassoon, and Delores Stevens, piano, at The Church of the Lighted Window in La Canada, CA.
- Oct. 16 - Premiere of Shiny Kiss by flutist Chelsea Czuchra at The Martin La Brode Gallery in Carmel, CA.; also by the same artist on Nov. 13 in Pasadena, CA, and Dec. 4 in Westwood, CA, at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church.
- Sept. 17 - Intermezzo for Clarinet and Harp performed by Martha MacDonald, clarinet, and Delaine Fedson, harp, at First Presbyterian Church, Austin, TX; also by the same artists on Sept. 30 at Central Presbyterian Church, Austin, TX, Oct. 1 at the Wednesday Morning Music Club Fall Luncheon Concert in Austin, TX; and Oct. 22 at Patton Elementary School in Austin, TX, as part of their Arts Day celebration.
- Sept. 8 - Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano performed by Ensemble Green: Elana Weber, clarinet, Samantha Lee, violin, and Bridget Convey, piano, at Westminster Gardens, in Duarte, CA. Also by the same artists on Oct. 6 at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, Pasadena, CA; on Nov. 13 as part of The Dominant Club's presentation of an all Alex Shapiro concert at Villa Gardens, Pasadena, CA. and on Dec. 5th at Culver Palms United Methodist Church in Culver City, CA.
- Nov. 21 - Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano performed by Price, clarinet; Nancy Roth, violin, and Deon Price, pianoin North Hollywood, CA.
- Sept. 19 - String Quartet No. 4 by the Gateways Music Festival Quartet at Old Dominion University. Repeat performance Oct. 17 at Hampton University for the Composer Concert/Exhibit (From Exposition to Development: The Legacy of Composers at Hampton University) sponsored by the Norfolk Foundation, the Old Dominion University Library and the Hampton, University Library, Hampton, VA.
- Oct. 29 - Premiere of Shards of Memory by Christine Schorfheide, piano, Tommy Oswald, violin, and Virginia Bain, cello, at the Louisiana Music Teachers Association 1999 Convention at Centenary College, Shreveport, LA.
- Into the Jungle: An Interval Exploration (piano, CP#261) by Conners Publications, 503 Tahoe Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457-5718, (318) 357-0924, ALMEI@aol.com, http://hostnet.pair.com/conners/
- Lamentations (bassoon, CP#262) by Conners Publications, 503 Tahoe Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457-5718, (318) 357-0924, ALMEI@aol.com, http://hostnet.pair.com/conners/
Michael A. Kimbell:
- Les Couleurs Fauves (wind ens), Sonatina for Violin and Pinao, and Five Poems for Wind Quintet by Amp/G. Schirmer; and Festive Ode (chorus, orch or band or brass ens) by E.C. Schirmer.
- Piano Duets from the Romantic Period, vol. 1, compiled and edited by Michael and Edith Kimbell, Robert Lienau Musikverlag RL 40510.
Al Benner's Into the Jungle: An Interval Exploration is a piano
suite of pieces aimed and designed for children or young performers
as a way to teach them certain modern techniques. It was commissioned
by Carson P. Cooman and the Werner Foundation as part of a larger
project involving several other piano pieces and composers, a recording,
and a series of concert and lecture presentations for events in 2000 and 2001.
Kendall D. Briggs is completing a commission from Sarah Chang for
a violin concerto; Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra (...a riveder
le stelle) by the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra under the direction
of Wilson Hermanto for NY cellist Amy Barston. Rhapsody was inspired
by a short text from Dante's La Divina Commedia and uses 18 variations
on a passacaglia theme to musically reflect on Dante's journey into
the Inferno and his ascent when he sees, once again, the stars.
Tina Davidson was commissioned by WHYY-TV 12 for their 90 minute feature
film, Philadelphia Diary. The film, which explores the drama of everyday
life, employs Davidson in an innovative manner; instead of writing
music for a film sequence, she is writing an original work in response
to certain ideas in the film without actually viewing it. The result
was In that Early Light for glass harmonica and cello trio, performed
by Cecilia Bower (harm) and the cellist Ohad Bar-David from the
orchestra. As part of their new interdisciplinary projects, Davidson
also received a commission from Mural Arts to work with muralist Barbara
Smolen to create a "music wall" that incorporates musical ideas and
components into the mural. In weekly sessions at a local school in
Kensington, Davidson will also work with students to develop poetry
and a group composition that expresses their ideas and feelings about
music. Using the text developed by the students, Davidson will create
a new song for the
school chorus, which will be performed at the mural's dedication ceremony.
There is also a commission by the Colorado Quartet for triple string
quartet. Working with her student composers, Davidson will develop
the new work using student input and musical suggestions as well as
some melodies they have written. The resultant work will be scored
for three quartets, one professional and two student. The Colorado
Quartet will work with selected players from Girad Academic Music
Program and CAPA, and will perform the work twice in the spring of 2000.
Nancy Bloomer Deussen received the Ann and Lee E. Mueller Chamber
Music Commission for the Mu Phi Epsilon Centennial Celebration for
a large chamber work for 6-8 instruments of approximately 8 minutes
duration; and a commission from Jim and Pat Watt for an orchestral
suite-minimum 30 minutes duration-in memoriam for their daughter,
Catherine Margaret Watt who passed away this September. The suite
will be entitled A Silver, Shining Strand and will be inspired by
their daughter's poetry.
Alex Shapiro's Of Breath and Touch for bassoon and piano was commissioned
by bassoonist Carolyn Beck; Shiny Kiss, a solo flute work was commissioned
by flutist Chelsea Czuchra and premiered in Carmel, CA, on October
16; Journey, a work for electric violin and electronic soundscape
for Mary Lou Newmark which premiered on November 11; and Transplant,
a work for organ commissioned by organist Frances Nobert that premiered
on January 18 on one of the largest organs in the nation, First Congregational
Church in Los Angeles, as part of Ms. Nobert's concert for the 2000 Organ
Marilyn J. Ziffrin has received a commission from the New London, NH
Baptist Church to write a cantata (soloists, adult and children's choir,
various instrumentalists, narrator) celebrating freedom. The text will
be written by Pastor Richard Dutton. Jane Ann McSwiney, Minister of
Music, will direct the performance.
Peter Blauvelt's Oblaka (mez sop, 7 instruments) by Shelley Smith
Cuthbertson and a University of South Florida student ensemble, was broadcast
on the radio show FOLDOVER, Nov. 1. from Oberlin, OH.
Alex Shapiro was featured as the June 1999 guest on the KXLU 88.9-FM Los
Angeles radio show, "Trilogy," for an hour-long interview and broadcast
of her recent works.
Erich Stem's Shaded Gray for string quartet was broadcast on 91.5 FM, WOBC's
FOLDOVER program hosted by Tom Lopez in Ohio (October), 91.1 FM, WHFC's
Music From Marrs hosted by Leslie Marrs in Maryland (August), and 90.3 FM
KAZU's Vast Fields in California (June).
William Price's Let Freedom Ring (tape), Nov. 29 on Tom Lopez's
FOLDOVER radio show on WOBC 91.5 FM Oberlin, OH.
Karel Husa's String Quartet No. 1, Variations, and Five Poems
by the Suk Quartet, Prague Trio, and the Prague Wind Quintet
(Panton 81 9009-2131); Music for Prague 1968 by the Temple University
Wind Symphony, the composer guest conducting (Troy 271); and Les Couleurs
Fauves by the New England Conservatory, F. Battisti conducting (Troy 340).
Garret Byrnes won the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra composition
cometition for Nordic Realms (Chamber Symphony No. 1); he also
received a 1999 ASCAP Standard Award.
Nancy Bloomer Deussen was a winner of the Mu Phi Epsilon Original
Composition Competition 1999-Class 3 (large works) for Concerto
for Clarinet and Small Orchestra.
Aaron Johnson received an ASCAP Standard Award.
Michael A. Kimbell won the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra
International Competition in 1998 for his Arcadian Symphony, which
the orchestra performed Dec. 6, 1998 in Tucson.
William Price received a 1999 ASCAP Standard Award.
Alex Shapiro: Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano won the Best
Performance award in March 1999 from the Delius Association of
Florida. The work has received numerous performances across the
country by The Titan Trio, Ensemble Green, and other ensembles,
as well as by Berkeley Price, Nancy Roth and Deon Price, who performed
the work at IAWM's London Congress this past July and continue
to program it on their concerts around Los Angeles. In the Fall
of 1999, Alex received a Special Award from ASCAP.
Joel Feigin was a 1998-99 Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Moscow
Karel Husa: The Karel Husa Gallery opened in the new James J.
Whalen Center for Music at the Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, which
houses a collection of manuscripts, memorabilia and archives.
Marilyn J. Ziffrin was the guest composer of the Southern NH Community
School of the Arts on Oct. 23. At the celebration held in the
Derry NH Opera House, the first performance of her piano solo,
Recurrences, was given by Donna Stoering. Her piano duet, Yankee
Hooray, was also performed by George Lopez and an advanced student.