Donald Crockett’s Dance Sonata and Oberlin Performance

2016 CrockettUSCKeiser Classical will publish Donald Crockett’s Dance Sonata for clarinet/ bass clarinet and piano this spring. The work was originally conceived as his “Dance Concerto” which was scored for mixed accompaniment of eight instruments for the 21st Century Consort, premiered in April 2013. Following that, a wind ensemble accompaniment was commissioned and premiered by a consortium of CBDNA member band directors. The sonata is a fully independent piece, but it can also be used by a soloist preparing a performance with any version of the work as all share the same musical material. For more information, write to Keiser Classical.

Crockett’s work Tracking Inland for flute, clarinet (doubling bass clarinet), harp and string quartet will be performed at Oberlin Conservatory on May 5 by the Oberlin Contemporary Ensemble conducted by Tim Weiss.

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.

Donald Crockett: BMOP CD Review, Fall 2015 Updates

Blue Earth CD

“Blue Earth,” recorded on BMOP Sound (1042)

Donald Crocket’s new CD Blue Earth was released in May on BMOP/sound (#1042).  With performances by violist Kate Vincent, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project directed by Gil Rose, the recording has been well reviewed by “Gramophone” in their September 2015 issue.  Additionally, on July 8th, 2015, he was interviewed by Jim Svejda on KUSC Classical about his new CD, how he comes up with the perfect title and why he thinks the viola gets a bad rap. The album contains Crockett’s works Wedge, Viola Concerto, and Blue Earth, all published by Keiser Classical.

Donald Crockett will make two stops in a trip to Ohio this fall, first at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) from Oct 29th – Nov 2nd, with performances by the CIM New Music Ensemble of Whistling in the Dark, to be sung on the water, and to airy thinness beat with CIM faculty member, viola soloist Kirsten Doctor.  Then from Nov 2nd – 3rd he visits Oberlin Conservatory, working with composition students and presenting his new CD’s music to Stephen Hartke’s Composition Studio Class.

On Nov 19th and 21st, Don will be in New York City as vocal ensemble C4 performs his choral piece Daglarym/My Mountains on two concerts.  These performances will be followed by a recording session of the piece for C4’s upcoming second CD.  The work is available from your favorite retailer or through Hal Leonard.