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.

 

Bruce Adolphe 2015-16 Performance Highlights

Composer Bruce Adolphe

Bruce Adolphe’s violin concerto inspired by the legacy of Joachim Prinz, I Will Not Remain Silent, will receive its European Premiere in Lucerne, Switzerland on April 29, 2015. The Human Rights Orchestra (co-commission with IRIS/ Michael Stern), conducted by Alessio Allegrini
gives the performance featuring violinist Ilya Gringolts.

From June 15 to 29, 2015, the Off the Hook Festival in Colorado presents performances in Fort Collins, Boulder, and Denver of several works by Bruce Adolphe, including Whispers of Mortality (string quartet no 4) and Fra(nz)g-mentation both played by the Miami String Quartet; and Self Comes to Mind for cello and two percussionists featuring cellist Bion Tsang.

July 10, 2016 Fabio Luisi conducts the world premiere of Bruce Adolphe’s Piano Concerto with Carlo Grante, soloist, and the Zürich Philharmonia at the Zürich Opera House.