It was our distinct pleasure to make our debut at the 2012 Conductors Guild Conference in Chicago. It was wonderful to engage so many conductors who recognize the importance of performing contemporary music and composers. One of the most enlightening experiences sitting in on two panel discussions, one with Chicago’s very own Stephen Burns of The Fulcrum Point New Music Project and renowned Arts Consultant Drew McManus and author of the well-read blog “Adaptistration”; and the keynote address by CSO Association President Deborah Rutter. Both conversations took a frank yet optimistic look at the state of musical arts organizations in the 21st Century with a recurring theme that relevancy and community engagement are the new currency in a future that clearly will need new music and composers.
Lauren Keiser Music Publishing was honored to have the opportunity to present works by our composers at our display and as part of the New Music Project Directed by David Bowden. Being the first presenter for the project this year was a distinct thrill made even more gratifying from the thoughtful responses we received from attending conductors. We’re happy to announce that downloads are now available for the works from our presentation:
One of Walker’s most powerful and emotionally intense orchestra works, his third Sinfonia has been performed by the Detroit Symphony and the Juilliard Orchestras and released on Albany Records. “An expertly controlled sway of tension and release is heard throughout…. The music’s viscera and dark prism of colors suggests how feisty Walker’s voice remains even in his 80s.” –Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press
Chinese-born Peng-Peng Gong is a virtuoso classical pianist and professional composer. Described by The Washington Post as an artist “with the confidence of a weathered veteran and a welcome unbridled quality to his playing,” he has established himself as one of the most gifted young artists of his generation. Hourly Reminiscence premiered April 2011 with the composer on piano with the Juilliard Orchestra
Hartke’s latest Symphony reflects on an ancient Anglo-Saxon elegy in which the poet describes the ruins of a Roman city, imagining how magnificent it must have been at its height, and in the process affirming the worth of human aspiration despite the inevitability of death and decay. Though commissioned by the New York Philharmonic for the 2nd Anniversary of the September 11 attacks, it also works in non-memorial themed concerts. Recording available on New World Records; 2010Europepremiere/ broadcast by the German Radio Philharmonic.