May 2013 Performances

May 2013
          Francois Borne – Carmen Fantasy (band)
            Kansas University – Matthew O. Smith, conductor
2          Adolphus Hailstork – American Guernica
            Northwestern University –
5          Eric Ewazen – Concerto for Tuba or Bass Trombone and Orchestra
            Prospect High School – Patrick O’Connor, conductor
5          Gioachino Rossini – Introduction, Theme and Variations for Clarinet and Band
            Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra – Jintae Park, clarinet; Nicholas Williams, conductor
8          W.S. Gilbert & Sir Arthur Sullivan – The Mikado
            Edward R Murrow HS – 5 perf. Donald Christensen, conductor
10        Peng-Peng Gong – Symphony No. 3: Eines Helden Träne (A Hero’s Tear)
            Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra – World Premiere, Zhang Liang, conductor
10        Peng-Peng Gong – Zhonghua Chronicles: Third Piano Concerto
            Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra – Peng-Peng Gong, piano; Zhang Liang, conductor
16        Francois Borne – Carmen Fantasy (band)
            Mundelein High School – Brittany Sirotti, flute; Adam Gohr, conductor
16        Eric Ewazen – Concerto for Bassoon and Wind Orchestra
            Vestal Middle School – Mvt. 3, Eli Holmes, bassoon; Denise Lacey-Corcoran, conductor
25       W.S. Gilbert & Sir Arthur Sullivan – The Pirates of Penzance
           Opera Theatre of St. Louis – 10 perf. Ryan McAdams, Conductor
31        Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Concerto for Trombone
            Mill Valley Philharmonic – 2 perf. Alex Dohrmann, trombone; Laurie Cohen, conductor

Recent Recordings Fall 2012


DAVID BAKER – Deep River: Music for Violin and Piano by Composers of African Descent, MSR Classics, MS1372 Ethnic Variations on a theme of Paganini – Merwin Siu, violin; Phoenix Park-Kim, piano EMMA LOU DIEMER – Emma Lou Diemer Chamber Works, Albany, Troy1302 … Continue reading

Recent Contemporary Works by Composer

For more information about any of these works, please write to Lauren Keiser Music.

Composer Bruce AdolpheBRUCE ADOLPHE

    Do You Dream in Color? (2009) 20′
Mezzo-Soprano, Piano
Composed to a poem by blind Mezzo-Soprano Laurie Rubin, “Do You Dream in Color” is both a personal memoir and a celebration of the human spirit.

    Emma and the Blue Baku (2012) 40′
3 Child Sopranos, 2 Child Altos, 2 Sopranos, Baritone: Vibraphone, Marimba, Piano, Harpsichord, Harp
In her sleep, an eight year old girl named Emma encounters a blue dream-eating monster called the Baku. The story by James Bradburne relates the sometimes frightening challenges of growing up and the power a child’s dreams can give them to overcome their own fears and doubt.

    Farmony (2006) 5′
String Quartet with kids’ audience participation
A short interactive string quartet especially for youth concerts where kids in the audience pretend to be farm animals. Written for Sharon Roffman and the Stone Barns Quartet.

    Flutogram (2011) 10′
Piccolo, 2 Flutes, Alto Flute
Flutogram was written as a tribute to flutist Carol Wincenc, who was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Flute Association Convention 2011. The two movements for piccolo, 2 flutes and alto flute are both based on the letters of her name and total about 10 minutes performance time.

    Piano Concerto (2012) 20′
Piano Solo: 1+1.2+1.2.2: Timp: Str
Dedicated to John Kimura Parker. 3 movements, approx. 20 minutes. Complete performance materials available on rental. Full score and piano reduction available for sale from the publisher.

    Piano Puzzlers (2012)
Brand-new edition of Bruce Adolphe’s Piano Puzzlers as heard on Public Radio’s “Performance Today”. Includes 32 tunes with songs by Gershwin, Berlin, Arlen, Porter, Rodgers, Fats Waller, Lennon & McCartney, and others disguised in the styles of Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Janacek, Debussy, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Bartok, and Copland. Introduction by Fred Child, Host of American Public Media’s “Performance Today”.


    The Face (2012) 80′
Cast: Soprano, Mezzo, Tenor, Bass. Ensemble: Flute (dPicc, AFl, BFl), Horn, 1 Percussion, Guitar(dAGtr, EGtr-slide), Piano, Violin, Cello, Double Bass
A ficticious present-day poet living in Venice Beach struggles 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.


    Five Elizabethan Dances from “Romeo and Juliet” (2011) 6′
2+1.2.2+Eb Cl, BCl.2: AATB Saxes: Euph.2: Perc(5)
Five Elizabethan Dances is drawn from the music that sets the scene and provides the accompaniment for the Ballroom Scene from Don Freund’s Romeo and Juliet: A Shakespearean Music Drama for singing actors and piano. The style of the dances is freely drawn from dances found in the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book (music from ca. 1562 to 1612), spiced up with changing meters and chromatic twists of melody and harmony reflecting a more recent musical language. Each of the dances represents a pivotal scene-within-a-scene.


    String Requiem (2011) 10′
String Orchestra (suggested
Peng-Peng Gong’s 10-minute requiem was composed in 2011, dedicated to the memory of the composer’s grandmother.


    Canzonetta (2011) 4′
Solo Trumpet: Perc(2): Str. Solo part may be divided among trumpet section.
Schiff’s Canzonetta is a four-minute jazz-style solo for trumpet with strings, four horns and two percussionists, commissioned by the Seattle Symphony in honor of conductor Gerard Schwarz’s farewell season. The solo part may optionally be divided among a full orchestral trumpet section.

    Class of 1915 (2011) 12′
Flute(dPicc), Clarinet(dBCl), Violin, Cello, Piano
“Class of 1915” was written in celebration of the dual centenaries of Reed College and Arnold Schoenberg’s celebrated work, “Pierrot Lunaire.” Though the work shares the same instrumentation, which has become popular among new music ensembles, Schiff’s work is a celebration of popular song and dance styles from themid-1910′s arranged in a suite that makes an ideal curtain-raiser for “Pierrot” concerts.


    A Conscious Stream (2011) 6′
Flute, Piano
Conscious Stream is a six-minute work for flute and piano, commissioned by Alberto Almarza

    Go for Two (2012) 8′
Alto Saxophone, Piano

Go for Two for alto saxophone and piano consists of two contrasting movements: “Warmly” is a lyrical andante followed by a fast rhythmic second movement titled “Driving”.

    Sizzle for Solo Percussion and 8 Winds (2011) 15′
Perc Solo: Flute(dPicc), Oboe, Clarinet(dEbCl), Soprano Sax(dAsax), Horn, C Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba
Sizzle is a five movement concerto for percussion with eight wind and brass players, 15 minutes.

    Taking Sides (2011) 22′
2 Violin Soli: Perc(2): Str
Taking Sides is a 22 minute concerto for two violins, strings and percussion, commissioned by the New Haven Symphony and the Erie Philharmonic for its 100th Anniversary.

    You Shall Have Nothing but Joy (2011) 2′
Mezzo-Soprano, Piano
Written for Mirit Shana Spilker in honor of her Bat Mitzvah, You Shall Have Nothing but Joy is an adaptation of Jewish Liturgical text. Duration ca. 2′.


    The Darkness of Fury (2012) 5′
2(2dPicc).2(1dEH).2.2: 4(+opt Hn5).3.3.1: Timp.Perc(2): Str
The Darkness of Fury is a contemplation of the brutality of war, especially the wars of the Middle East since 1948. Following a brief and violent introduction, a terse chromatic “Fugue from Hell” ensues–demons chasing demons. A romantic transition played by the strings is a fleeting ray of hope for peace. But this is short lived as the Fugue returns bringing the piece to its brutal and violent end.


    Let America Be America Again (2012) 11′
Narrator: 2+ Timp.Perc(1): Str
Let America Be America Again is a powerful orchestral setting with narration of the famous poem by African-American poet/playwright, Langston Hughes.


    Time is a Two-Way Street (2004) 13′
2 Flutes
A richly expressive and evocative flute duo, “Time is a Two-Way Street” is an audience favorite, dialoguing the contrasting elements of Japanese-inspired flute music with very futuristic multiphonic sections. Within the technical grasp of flutists with an elementary multiphonic technique, the duo was commissioned by Jun Kubo in 2004 and premiered by Robert Dick and Jun Kubo at Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall, New York.


    Cello Concerto (2012) 20′
Cello Solo: Timp: Str
Written for Cellist Nick Jones, Peter Liewen’s Cello Concerto was premiered by the Orion Orchestra at Musicfest 2012 in Wales.

    Overland Dream for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano (2011) 14′
Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano
Described by the San Antonio Current as “a stirring single movement piece,” Overland Dream was premiered at the Texas Music Teachers Association Conference by the SOLI Chamber Ensemble. Length approx. 14 min.


    Celebration (2011) 8′ Timp.Perc(3).Pno: Str
A companion piece to Resolution to celebrate the composer’s wife of reaching the five year mark of being cancer free. Duration ca. 8′; composed 2011. Premiered May 2012 with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.

    The Great Divide (2009) 15′ Perc(2).Pno: Str
Two-movement piece based on C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce. Premiered by the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Peter Stafford Wilson, Music Director. Duration ca. 15′; composed 2009.

April 2013 Performances

April 2013

3          Don Freund – Viola Concerto in One Movement
Indiana University Kokomo – Carl St. Clair, conductor
16        Eric Ewazen – Shadowcatcher for Brass Quintet and Band
            Belmont University – Belmont Faculty Brass Quintet; Barry Kraus, Conductor
16        Eric Ewazen – Shadowcatcher for Brass Quintet and Band
            Towson State University – Dana Rothlisberger, Conductor
19        Bernhard Heiden – Diversion
            Minot State University – Eugene Rousseau, saxophone; Devin Otto, conductor
20        George Walker – Poem
            Library of Congress Music Division – Patricia Green, soprano; James Ross, conductor
21        Peng-Peng Gong – Lament: Overture for Orchestra
            Lebanon Valley College – World Premiere, Hannes Dietrich, Conductor
21        Richard Pearson Thomas – The Ghosts of Alder Gulch
            Lebanon Valley College – Hannes Dietrich, Conductor
23        Don Freund – Jug Blues and Fat Pickin’
            Christopher Newport University – Mark Reimer, Conductor
25        Adolphus Hailstork – American Guernica
            University of South Carolina – Ralph Barrett, conductor
25        Bernhard Heiden – Diversion
Drury University – Tina Claussen, Saxophone; Christopher Koch, Conductor
26        Eric Ewazen – Concerto for Tuba or Bass Trombone and Orchestra
Messiah College – Wesley Thompson, Soloist; Timothy Dixon, Conductor
28        Eric Ewazen – Shadowcatcher for Brass Quintet and Band
            University of Rhode Island – Gene Pollart, conductor


The Face is a new and innovative opera by Donald Crockett with libretto by David St. John that enjoyed recent staged premiere and concert performances on both coasts. We’d like to share these reviews offered by journalists attending the performances, brought to us by The Face’s publicist Helane Anderson. For more information on performances or perusal materials, please contact Keiser Classical.

Stephen Hartke new chamber recordings 2012

The ever-innovative and intrepid new music ensemble Eighth Blackbird took inspiration from the title track of their new Cedille album, “Meanwhile” to create a quirky and entertaining video promoting the release. Underscored by their spellbinding performance of Stephen Hartke’s eponymous chamber piece which the group commissioned and feature on the album, the musicians’ enact stylized domestic scenes in a nod to the puppet theater genres, riffing on similar themes which fueled Hartke’s original score.

Also just out on Delos is Chamber Music Northwest’s latest album, David Shifrin and Friends, featuring Stephen Hartke’s The Horse With the Lavender Eye for clarinet, violin and piano. This marks the second commercial release for this work, after the 2009 Chandos CD (10513).  Stephen Hartke’s music is available from Keiser Classical.

WNET TV Series having a ‘Blast’ with David Stock

From the New York Times–composer David Stock’s music and an interview with the composer is slated for broadcast on New York Public Media’s WNET in 2013. The innovative educational series on classical music was championed by Gerard Schwarz, Conductor Emeritus of the Seattle Symphony. For the project, an All-Star Orchestra was assembled of musicians from some of America’s most venerated musical institutions to record Stock’s Blast! for Orchestra among pivotal works by other celebrated composers, both past and present.

On October 4th and 7th, Stock also enjoyed the world premiere of his double violin concerto Taking Sides, featuring Ani and Ida Kavafian with the New Haven Symphony conducted by William Boughton. David Stock’s music is available from Keiser Classical.