Michael Cohen’s “I Remember” Performed at Violins of Hope

Scene from “I Am Anne Frank.” Cohen’s work “I Remember” is from the score he composed for this musical theater piece.

Michael Cohen’s composition “I Remember” for mezzo-soprano, flute, cello and harp, based on the “Diary of Anne Frank”, was performed as part of the Violins of Hope program last October in Cleveland.  The whole program can be viewed here, courtesy of WVIZ/PBS Ideastream Education.  (“I Remember” starts at around 10:00.)  More recently it was included in performances on 2/6 and 2/7 as part of the “Of Love & Remembrance” Valentine Concert in Boston.  An arrangement for voice and piano is also available from Lauren Keiser Music Publishing. Order either version from your favorite music retailer or through Hal Leonard.

Stephen Hartke’s “Blue Studio” NYC Premiere, Spring Updates

Hartke and Cinny

The Aspen Contemporary Ensemble will give Stephen Hartke’s The Blue Studio its New York premiere on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 at the Whitney Museum of American Art.  The world premiere was given by the Network for New Music in February 2015, performance video here. The work for violin, cello and piano is inspired by Matisse’s depiction of his own studio, called “Studio with goldfish”.  The music gives the sense to the listener that they are visiting the composer’s studio, leafing through each of the five movements as if they were a portfolio of drawings.  Available this Spring from Keiser Classical.

Keiser Classical is issuing new editions of the “Stephen Hartke Piano Album” in two volumes.  Vol. 1: Collected Works covers more than thirty years of the composer’s considerable output of shorter works for solo piano.  The second volume brings together two very distinctive sonatas: Sonata for Solo Piano (1998) composed for and recorded by Vicki Ray on CRI records, and Sonata for Piano Four-Hands (2014), which was written for the piano duet team of Anna Polonsky and Orion Weiss.  Both volumes will be available from Keiser Classical in late March.

Stephen Harkte’s A Brandenburg Autumn (video of 2nd movement) was performed by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) on 1/22/2016 at Jordan Hall in Boston.  Contact our rental department to inquire after performance materials.

Additionally in January, Stephen Hartke completed a residency as Distinguished Composer-in-Residence at University of Miami.  Concerts on 1/30/2016 featured three works: Gradus, The Horse with the Lavender Eye and Wulfstan at the Millennium.  Please contact any preferred dealer or Hal Leonard to order Gradus and The Horse with the Lavender Eye.  Please contact our rental department for materials or more information about Wulfstan at the Millennium.

February 16- 18, Stephen Hartke served as Guest Composer with the Contemporary Music Festival taking place at James Madison University.  This festival included performances of Gradus, Sonata for Piano, Iglesia abandonada, Audistis quia dictum est, and Wulfstan at the Millennium.

On February 27th, conductor Raphael Jimenez conducted Hartke’s Symphony No. 4 at Oberlin Conservatory with soprano Amber Monroe and organist Jonathan Moyer as soloists.  This performance was also available on live webcast.  Contact our rental department for materials or more information.

Stephen will be the Visiting Composer at the University of Southern California March 23-25.  Then he will travel to the University of Utah to act as the Maurice Abravanel Visiting Composer in Residence from March 28-29.  The visit will include a performance of The King of the Sun, available from a preferred dealer or Hal Leonard.

Stephen Hartke is guest composer at the RED NOTE New Music Festival (link to festival website) in Illinois in the first weekend of April, 2016.  Aside from his work with the composition students, four of his works will be performed that weekend: Percolative Processes (link to video) for percussion ensemble, Wir küssen Ihnen tausendmal die Hände: Homage to Mozart for mixed sextet, Grammy award winning Meanwhile: Incidental Music to Imaginary Puppet Plays for mixed sextet, and Pacific Rim (link to video) for full orchestra.  Contact our rental department for more information or materials.

On April 14-15, Stephen will visit Cornell University as Guest Composer.  The event will include performances of “The Blue Studio and Sonata for Piano Four-Hands, both titles that will soon be available from Keiser Classical.

Over the summer, Stephen Hartke will serve as Composer/Mentor for American Composer Orchestra’s (ACO) Whitaker Readings from June 12-15.  He will also join the faculty at Aspen Music School in July/ August, dates to be announced.

On November 21, the Brentano String Quartet will give the world premiere of Stephen Hartke’s From the Fifth Book at the Frankfurter Holzhausenschlosschen in Frankfurt, Germany.

ASTA Journal Reviews Heifetz Wieniawski Edition

S511019 Cover art smThe Amerian String Teacher Association (ASTA) penned a glowing review in the February, 2016 edition of their journal of Henryk Wieniawski’s “Polonaise Brillante No. 2“, edited by Jascha Heifetz’s student Endre Granat as part of the Lauren Keiser Music Publishing Heifetz Collection.  Of this “irresistible work”, the review states, “the editor Granat, provides a new critical edition that he studied from the master.  This urtext edition is based on the composer’s manuscript and the first printed edition (Schott 1875).  If you do not have this piece in your collection, this is the edition to go for.  If you do, it will be helpful to compare with the ones you have.”  This title is currently available from your favorite music retailer or through Hal Leonard.

Joe Derhake named VP of Keiser-Southern Music

Joe office picIn January of 2016, Joe Derhake assumed the role of Vice President of Keiser-Southern Music. Derhake’s over 30 years’ musical experience have led him to a successful career in music publishing since 2004. Beginning as an assistant at MMB Music in St. Louis, he was given charge of the management of the company’s concert music division within two years, and in that role contributed significantly to the publisher’s ultimate revitalization.

With the 2008 purchase of MMB’s catalog by veteran music publisher Lauren Keiser, Derhake was brought on board as General Manager, establishing the fledgling operation of the new firm out of a modest basement office. Keiser Music’s incremental early successes helped pave the way for the acquisition of Southern Music in 2012. Since that time, the continued growth of the Keiser-Southern publishing house has led to the addition of Editorial and Corporate offices in San Antonio and the New York area, with an expanded professional Headquarters in St. Louis.

Keiser-Southern Music’s CEO Lauren Keiser said, “Joe has been with me from Day One in 2008. He has demonstrated excellent skills and is praised by his industry colleagues and peers. He has been running the daily operations of our company. Now that our staff has increased and our size is over four times our original turnover, we are delighted to have Joe as our Vice President.”

Joe comes from a musical family with sing-alongs and informal jam sessions forming his early sensibilities. He began playing keyboard by ear around age 5 and later learned to read music starting on euphonium in the school band. From these roots blossomed a career that has included teaching privately, performing, arranging, and songwriting. His musical influences and experiences span many diverse instrumental and vocal traditions including classical, blues, sacred, pop, folk, jazz and rock. He received a BA in Music from the University of Missouri in St. Louis, Missouri where he lives with his darling wife and two children.

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New David Stock Album Released by BMOP

Stock ConcertosThe Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) is releasing a new recording of the music of David Stock.  On the BMOP/sound label (1047), the album titled “Concertos” includes: Concierto Cubano with Andres Cardenes playing violin, Oborama featuring all five instruments in the oboe family played by Alex Klein , and Percussion Concerto with soloist Lisa PegherPlease contact our rental department for inquiries or performance materials for any of these works.

David Stock’s final recording collaboration before his untimely death last November, this disc presents the composer closing out the 20th century and forging ahead into the 21st.

David Schiff Two New Work Premieres

Composer David Schiff

Composer David Schiff

David Schiff enjoyed two premieres over Summer 2015 in Portand.  Five Pieces and a Ghost from Debussy’s Children’s Corner for clarinet and string quartet was premiered on July 2 at the Portland Art Museum as part of Chamber Music Northwest summer music, performed by the David Shifrin on clarinet with the Jasper String Quartet.  Also, Nonet No. 2 for Reed Quintet and String Quartet, also part of Chamber Music Northwest, was premiered on July 23, 2015 by the Dover String Quartet and Akropolis Reed Quintet.

Both titles available this Spring from Lauren Keiser Music Publishing.  Please contact the publisher for details.

Peng-Peng Gong Fifth Symphony Premiere

Gong 5th Symphony bowPeng-Peng Gong’s grand Fifth Symphony received its world premiere on 12/13/2015 with the Shanghai Philharmonic, Liang Zhang conducting.  Exploring the tragic, violent and ugly nature of war through World War II and the Second Sino-Japanese War, this large work combines virtually every genre of classical music- symphony, sonata, concerto, aria, art song, grand cantata, and chamber music.  Soloists for the premiere included Xiao Liu on violin, Chu Yi-bing on cello, the composer himself playing piano, soprano Lei Xu, and tenor Jingma Fan.  The Violin Sonata and Violin Concerto sections of the symphony will be available from Lauren Keiser Music Publishing this Spring; email us for details.