Claude Baker Premieres and AGO Award

Claude BakerClaude Baker’s “Hor che’l ciel e la tera” for 24 voice chorus and four percusionists was premiered in January of 2015.  A “re-imagining” of the second work in Claudio Monteverdi’s eighth book of madrigals, masterpiece Madrigali guerrieri ed amorosi (Madrigals of War and Love), the piece was commissioned and premiered by the NOTUS, and elite contemporary vocal ensemble at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  A recording will be released on the IUMusic label.  Performance materials will be available this spring from Lauren Keiser Music Publishing.

Recently, Claude Baker was selected as the winner of the inaugural Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee Composition Competition sponsored by the American Guild of Organists.  The new work written as a result of the prize will be given its world premiere on the recently installed Pogorzelski-Yankee Memorial Organ at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on March 13, 2016.  The performer on that occasion will be Kola Owolabi, Professor of Organ at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Contact us for more information on this piece.

In other recent news, the European premiere of Baker’s piano concerto, From Noon to Starry Night was given at the Staatskapelle Halle in Germany on January 24 and 25 with Claire Huangci as the soloist and Mario Venzago conducting.

Claude Baker Celebrates European Premiere and New Composition Prize

Claude Baker

Composer Claude Baker

Claude Baker’s piano concerto, From Noon to Starry Night, will receive its European premiere on Jan 24th and 25th, 2016 at the Staatskapelle Halle in Germany.  Mario Venzago will conduct, with Claire Huangci at the piano.  Contact our rental department for inquiries and/ or performance materials for this and other Claude Baker orchestra works.

Baker was also awarded the prize to the inaugural Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee Composition Competition, sponsored by the American Guild of Organists.  The new work to be written as a result of the prize will be given its world premiere on the recently installed Pogorzelski-Yankee Memorial Organ at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on March 13, 2016.  The performer on that occasion will be Kola Owolabi, Professor of Organ at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  You can browse Claude Baker’s published works at Hal Leonard.

 

March 2013 Performances

March 2013
2          Claude Baker – Shadows: Four Dirge – Nocturnes for Orchestra
            California State University Fresno – Thomas Loewenheim, Conductor
2          Steven Gerber – Two Lyric Pieces for Solo Violin and String Orchestra
            National Philharmonic Orchestra – World Premiere, Elena Urioste, Violin; Piotr Gajewski, Conductor
3          Bruce Adolphe – Tyrannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concerto
            Metropolitana Ensemble, Portugal – European Premiere, Cesario Costa, conductor
4          Eric Ewazen – Concerto No. 1 for Trumpet
            Chattanooga Youth Symphony – John Burton, trumpet; Gary Wilkes, conductor
4          Eric Ewazen – Concerto for Bassoon and Wind Orchestra
            University of Massachusetts Lowell – Matthew Heggie, Bassoon; David Martins, Conductor
5          Bernhard Heiden – Diversion
            Albia High School – Nancy Grady, Conductor
7          Stephen Hartke – Tituli
            Southern Methodist University – Matt Albert, conductor
7          Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson – Sinfonietta No. 2: Generations
Susquehanna University – 9 perf tour. Jennifer Sacher Wiley, Conductor
8          Bruce Adolphe – Tough Turkey in the Big City
            Honeybutter Chamber Orchestra at Cincinnati CCM – Benjamin Clymer, bass trombone
8          W Francis McBeth – Symphony No. 3, Op. 27
            Arkansas Symphony Orchestra – Philip Mann, Conductor
9          Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Concerto for Trombone
            Frederick Symphony – John McCahey, trombone; Elisa Koehler, conductor
9          George Walker – Lyric for Strings
Kalamazoo College – Andrew Koehler, Conductor
10        Bruce Adolphe – Tyrannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concerto
            Figueroa Music and Arts Project – Guillermo Figueroa, Conductor
10        Francois Borne – Carmen Fantasy (band)
            Bowling Green Area Community Band – Kim Kucharski, Soloist; Thomas Headley, Conductor
14        Jules Demersseman – Carnival of Venice for Alto Saxophone and Band
            University of West Georgia – 4 perf. Michael Turner, saxophone; Josh Byrd, conductor
14        Igor Shcherbakov – Concerto for Flute, Percussion and Strings
            National Academy of Music Ukraine Tchaikovsky – Sergei Wilkie, flute; Igor Andrievskaya,
14        Igor Shcherbakov – Warum: Chamber Symphony No. 5 for Strings
            National Academy of Music Ukraine Tchaikovsky – Igor Andrievskaya, conductor
14        Igor Shcherbakov – Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Strings
            National Academy of Music Ukraine Tchaikovsky – Maria Alexandrova, piano; Igor Andrievskaya,
14        Igor Shcherbakov – Penitential Verse: Chamber Symphony No. 1 for Violin and Strings
            National Academy of Music Ukraine Tchaikovsky – Orestes Smovzh, violin; Igor Andrievskaya,
15        Ricardo Lorenz – El Muro: The Wall
            Northwestern University – Timothy Roblee, Conductor
18        Eric Ewazen – Concerto No. 1 for Trombone and Orchestra
            Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra – Joseph Archer, trombone; Robert Bernhardt, conductor
19        Don Freund – Five Elizabethan Dances from “Romeo and Juliet”
            Louisville Male Symphonic Band – 2 perf. Nan Moore, Conductor
19        Don Freund – Jug Blues and Fat Pickin’
Kennesaw State University – Peter Witte, Guest Conductor
24        Eric Ewazen – Ballade for Bass or Tenor Trombone, Harp and String Orchestra
            University of Michigan – Matthew Karatsu, Trombone

October 2012 Performances

October 2012
4          David Stock – Taking Sides
           
New Haven Symphony Orchestra – World Premiere, 2 perf. Ani and Ida Kavafian, Violins; William Boughton, Conductor
5          Lalo Schifrin – Sinfonia Concertante (Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra)
           
Lancaster Symphony Orchestra – 4 performances. Angel Romero, Guitar; Stephen Gunzenhauser
6          George Walker – Lilacs for Voice and Orchestra
Sinfonia da Camera – Performance/ Recording Session. Ian Hobson, Conductor
7          Claude Baker – Märchenbilder
           
Indiana University – Arthur Fagen, Conductor
9          Eric Ewazen – Concerto for Tuba or Bass Trombone and Orchestra
Drake University – Grady McGrannahan, Bass Tbn; Akira Mori, Conductor
11        George Walker – Lyric for Strings
           
Fort Wayne Philharmonic – Sameer Patel, Conductor
14        Donald Crockett – Night Scenes
            Ensemble X – Barnes Hall, Cornell University
17        George Walker – Lyric for Strings
           
National Symphony Orchestra – 14 performances. Ankush Bahl, Conductor
18        David Ott – Concerto for Two Cellos and Orchestra
UMKC Conservatory – Carter Enyeart, Wesley Baldwin, Cellos; Robert Olson, Conductor
20        Emma Lou Diemer – Santa Barbara Overture
Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra – 2 perf. Nir Kabaretti, Conductor
20        Michael Schelle – Samurai
Bradley University – Andrew King, Conductor
20        George Walker – Lyric for Strings
           
Symphony of Southeast Texas – Chelsea Tipton, Conductor
23        Donald Crockett – The Cinnamon Peeler
Sequitur – Mary Nessinger, Soloist
23        David Stock – Into the Whirlwind for Flute, Cello, Vibes and Percussion
            Frostburg State University – Pamela Murchison, Fl; Barney Culver, Vc; Scott Christian, Perc
27        Eric Ewazen – Shadowcatcher for Brass Quintet and Band
West Liberty University – American Brass Quintet; Matthew Inkster, Conductor
27        Adolphus Hailstork – American Guernica
Interlochen Arts Academy – Matthew Schlomer, Conductor
28        David Rimelis – The Cool Ghoul
Oklahoma City Philharmonic – Matt Troy, Conductor
30        David Ott – Concerto for Two Cellos and Orchestra
            Portland, Maine Symphony Orchestra – Joel Noyes, Brian Thornton, Celli; Robert Moody, Conductor

June 2012 Performances

June 2012
9          Adolphus Hailstork – Symphony No. 1 
           
Boston Symphony Orchestra – Charles Floyd, Conductor. (one movement)
10        Bruce Adolphe – The Tiger’s Ear: Listening to Abstract Paintings
            Colorado Chamber Players –
15        Claude Baker – Tableaux Funebres for Piano Quintet
            University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM) – Performed by Accent 12, Dorotea
            Vismara, Conductor
15        Claude Baker – String Quartet No. 2: Capriccio
            University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM) – Momenta Quartet at Accent 12
            new Music Festival
15        Claude Baker – Elegy
            University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM) – Benjamin Hoffman, Violin at Accent
             12 new Music Festival
15        Stephen Hartke – Muse of the Missouri
            Kansas City Symphony Orchestra – World Premiere, 3 perf. Michael Stern, Conductor
22        David Stock – For the Blessings
            Mount Zion Temple, St. Paul, MN – Dedication of the Ruth Firestone Brin, Jennifer Strauss-Klein
23        Lalo Schifrin – Pampas
            Edmonton Chamber Music Festival – Summer Solstice Festival, Edmonton, Alberta. Marina Hoover,
            cello; Patricia Tao, piano
28        Lalo Schifrin – Concierto Caribeno Para Flauta y Orquesta
            Orquesta Gaos, Spain – Andre Cebrian, Flute; Fernando Briones, Conductor at Teatro Colon, Spain

Williams College Alumni Claude Baker Residency

In February, Claude Baker was in residence at the Williams College Department of Music as a “Class of 1960 Fellow.” As such, he spent two days visiting classes, delivering a public lecture to the college community, and meeting informally with students. On February 10th, his Three Phantasy Pieces for Viola and Percussion was performed at a concert given by the Williams Chamber Players.