Full Evening of Vali String Music at Smithsonian

Persian OudOn March 8, Reza Vali visited Washington, D.C. to attend a full evening of his string music performed by the Carpe Diem String Quartet. The concert, which took place at the Freer Gallery, was the centerpiece of the Smithsonian Institute’s Persian New Year Festival. For more information on Reza Vali’s music, contact Keiser Classical.

Reza Vali among NPR Top 10

bestclassical_valiReza Vali’s Toward That Endless Plain: Concerto for Perisan Ney and Orchestra, was named by NPR Classical in the Top 10 recordings of 2013. The work was recorded by Boston Modern Orchestra Project/ Gil Rose, conductor on the BMOP Sound label. For more information on Reza Vali’s music, contact Keiser Classical.

Stephen Hartke Spring 2014 recording sessions

EuroHartke crop dropshadowBoston Music Orchestra Project (BMOP), conducted by Gil Rose, is in the process of recording a CD that will contain Stephen Hartke’s Alvorada for string orchestra, The Ascent of the Equestrian in a Balloon, A Brandenburg Autumn and Two Songs for an Uncertain Age.

Other current/ recent sessions include The Brentano String Quartet recording Night Songs for a Desert Flower and Flexensemble of Hannover, Germany, a group which won the 2013 Robert and Clara Schumann Chamber Music Prize, recording The King of the Sun as a part of their award. Notably, this will be the third recording released for this work, one of Hartke’s most performed chamber works.

On the horizon, Jennifer Frautschi and John Blacklow received a grant from the Aaron Copland Fund to include Hartke’s Netsuke for violin and piano on a CD to be released by Albany. Hartke heads to Princeton later this month to supervise the recording session. For more information about Stephen Hartke and his music, contact Keiser Classical.

Bruce Adolphe Highlights Spring 2014

Composer Bruce AdolpheThe Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra performed Bruce Adolphe’s Do You Dream in Color? for mezzo-soprano and orchestra, featuring mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin, who also wrote the text, which is about her experiences as a blind person. The performances were in October, 2013.

The Cassatt String Quartet premiered Bruce Adolphe’s Mary Cassatt: Scenes from Her Life at the Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas and then the following week at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton. The piece was commissioned by the University of Central Arkansas, where Mr. Adolphe has a residency this season.

On May 17th, 2014, Bruce Adolphe’s The End of Tonight will receive its world premiere at the Greene Space in New York. The work, settings of poetry by Nathalie Handal, is scored for three mezzo-sopranos, three cellos, and piano. It was commissioned by Lenore Fishman Davis.

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is releasing a new download on the live concert recordings series of Bruce Adolphe’s Self Comes to Mind for cello and two percussionists. The concert was performed in November, 2012, featuring cellist Efe Baltacigil and percussionists Ayano Kataoka and Ian David Rosenbaum.

Contact Keiser Classical for more information on Bruce Adolphe’s music.