Michael Schelle Piece on Dayton’s “Pirates” Concert

A program announcement for the Dayton Philharmonic’s concert captained by Neil Gittleman appeared in the Dayton Daily News this past weekend. Swashbuckler by composer Michael Schelle was performed alongside familiar Pirate story favorites ranging from Peter Pan to The Pirates of Penzance. Dedicated in part to Hollywood icon Errol Flynn, Michael Schelle’s Swashbuckler is reminiscent of Korngold’s score to “Captain Blood” which starred Flynn in the main role. Though Swashbuckler is an hommage to the score’s distinct style, this original 13-minute work is written with a fresh and contemporary sensibility.To request perusal or performance materials, write to Keiser Classical. Swashbuckler was commissioned in 1985 by the Indiana Arts commission with support for the National Endowment for the Arts. Read full story

Stephen Hartke to attend Beijing Modern Music Festival

Composer Stephen Hartke has been invited to attend the Beijing Modern Music Festival 2012 as Composer in Residence. Hartke’s works will be performed at festival concert events which include a performance of King of the Sun for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano on May 20 and in the closing concert on May 25, Pacific Rim for Orchestra, performed by the Shenzhen Symphony under the baton of Zhang Guoyong. More information on the festival here.

George Walker in the Montclair Times

Montclair, New Jersey native George Walker was recently featured in an article by Mark Porter of the Montclair Times. Highlights included the recent premiere of his Sinfonia No. 4 with the New Jersey Symphony, a new orchestral music release on Albany records, his upcoming Commencement Address and acceptance of an honorary doctorate degree at Eastman, and a TV spotlight on NJTV’s “State of the Arts” program. Full article here.

Sheila Silver’s Six Preludes for Piano New Edition

Now available in a high-quality performer’s edition, Six Preludes for Piano After Poems of Baudelaire is among Sheila Silver’s most beloved  works, featured on major label releases by three different artists. The work was commissioned for an art exhibit concert celebrating the poet Charles Baudelaire, each prelude inspired by one of his poems. The new edition incorporates important corrections with expanded program and performance notes by the composer. The Charles Baudelaire poem texts and more program informaton can be found on Sheila Silver’s website. Six Preludes is available for sale through Hal Leonard.

So she named me Akilina

David Stock’s new work Eagle Girl, for Narrator and Eight Instruments was premiered on August 3, 2011 at the Strings Music Festival in Colorado. Since that time, the Southwest Michigan Symphony led by Robin Fountain has taken the work on its tour of local schools as part of its education and outreach programs. Hear an audio excerpt or peruse a score avaialble on our downloads page. A slideshow presentation with whimsical illustrations by artist Leticia Plate is available to accompany live concerts. To get the performance material, please contact our rental department. The full score is also available for sale through Hal Leonard.

Jazz, Mr. Schoenberg?

Detail of J.R. Europe's Castle House Rag, courtesy NY Public Library

David Schiff’s Class of 1915 is a new work for Pierrot Ensemble instrumentation (Flute/Piccolo, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano) written in celebration of the dual centenaries of Reed College and Pierrot Lunaire, marked with a performance by Chamber Music Northwest on Feb. 10, 2012. Though the work shares the same instrumentation as Arnold Schoenberg’s famous piece which gave rise to the popularity of this ensemble configuration, the similarities fairly well end there. Mr. Schiff reworks the popular song and dance styles from the mid-1910’s into a suite which pays tribute to the influence of black composers of the day, including James Reese Europe, W.C. Handy, C. Luckyeth Roberts, Shelton Brooks, Chirs Smith and Will Vodery. Class of 1915 is an ideal opener/ closer for Pierrot programs; stay tuned for more publication details to be announced in the coming days. Meanwhile, we invite you to peruse the digital score and audio sample available on our downloads page. For more information, please write to Info.

Preview: ‘The Face’ by Donald Crockett

The Face by composer Donald Crockett with libretto by David St. John makes its public debut on April 25, 2012 with excerpts performed by the cast for the full-length premiere run beginning August 25. The characters are portrayed by tenor Daniel Norman, baritone Thomas Meglioranza, mezzo-soprano Janna Baty, and soprano Jane Sheldon. The main character is a ficticious present-day poet living in Venice Beach struggling with the loss of his lover and the unraveling of his personal life while he participates in the filming of a documentary about his career. The opera combines musical theater, choreography, and an original silent film which is projected onto the stage as a key dramatic element in the story.

The Face is written for a cast of 4 (Soprano, Mezzo, Tenor and Baritone) with an ensemble of 8 musicians including: Flute (doubling Piccolo, Alto and Bass Flutes), F Horn, 1 Percussionist, Guitar (doubling Acoustic and Electric Slide Guitars), Piano, Violin, Cello, and Double Bass. The opera consists of 11 scenes over approximately 80 minutes. For more information, visit The Face Opera.