James Barnes: New Works, Recording and Performance Update Fall 2015

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This summer, Southern Music released James Barnes’ Symphonic Requiem (Seventh Symphony). Commissioned for the United States Army Band to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War, the work combines two massive structures into one: a requiem and a symphony. It portrays the heartbreak of three of the most dramatic battles of the war, concluded by an apotheosis, a hymn of respect and praise for the 668,000 soldiers, Confederate and Federal alike, who gave their lives during this monumental conflict. (Grade 5) Order from your favorite retailer or through Hal Leonard.

The Kansas Virtuosi premiered James Barnes’ Serenade for Winds in April of 2015 to help celebrate the reopening of Swarthout Recital Hall at University of Kansas after two million dollars in renovations. Southern Music will publish the performance edition, release date to be announced.

In June and July, Barnes took a four-week tour to Japan.  He conducted five concerts while there with three different bands: three concerts with the Shobi Wind Orchestra on a tour of Hokkaido, a concert with Senzoku Gakuen in Kawasaki, and a concert in Tokyo with Sienna Winds.  A CD of the live Sienna Winds performance will be released in November and will include “Alvamar Overture”, “Arioso and Presto”, “Fantasy Variations on a Theme by Niccolo Paganini”, and the “Third Symphony”.

James Barnes officially retired from the University of Kansas on Aug. 1st, 2015 after 41 years of teaching.  Since then, he finds he has been watching a lot of Kansas City Royals games.  But he has also found time to compose three new band pieces: “Citadel” (to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the University of Kansas), “Italian Wedding Song” (Grade 4), and “Prairie Wind Festival” (Grade 3), release dates to be announced. To view James Barnes’ current Southern Music band publications, visit Hal Leonard.

James Barnes also conducted the premiere of his Eighth Symphony in Wangen am Algau, Germany this March, 2015.  It was commissioned to celebrate the 1200th anniversary of that city.