Adolphe “Einstein’s Light” and Spring Update

FollowinEinstein's Light front coverg the release of Imaginary Films’ documentary motion picture by Nicholas Barris Einstein’s Light in November 2015, the world premiere of Bruce Adolphe’s score took place on 11/25/2015 in Amsterdam.  Keiser Classical is releasing this month the exclusive violin and piano edition, with bowings and fingerings by Joshua Bell. For more information on the new issue, please write to us.

Einstein was a violinist all his life. In the motion picture “Einstein’s Light”, filmmaker Nickolas Barris and composer Bruce Adolphe set out to communicate Einstein’s dedication to the violin and his particular love for the music of Mozart and Bach.

This collection of music composed for the soundtrack is based on phrases from those two great masters that spin off into physics-inspired dreams and thoughts. It contains a poignant solo violin piece based on music by Bach and four pieces for violin and piano that are based on phrases from Mozart’s music. The composer includes one work in particular, the Mozart Violin Sonata K. 378, notable because the only extant recording of Einstein playing the violin contains the slow movement from this sonata. The soundtrack to “Einstein’s Light” was recorded by Joshua Bell and Marija Stroke on Sony Classical Records.

Additional recent and future performances of include: Off The Hook Arts in Colorado on 2/13/2016, 2/14/2016, and 2/16/2016, where violinist Clara Lyon played the first two dates, Emily Ondracek-Peterson (seen here playing “Einstein’s Light” courtesy of Colorado Public Radio) performed the third, and composer Bruce Adolphe accompanied on piano for all three.  The New York premiere is presented by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and will take place in Alice Tully Hall on 2/28/2016 in a program dedicated to introducing Einstein’s love of Mozart’s music to children and families.  And a performance will take place at the Museum of Mathematics in New York on 9/14/2016, featuring Mark Steinberg on violin and Marija Stroke on piano.  Available from Keiser Classical in mid-March; email us for details.

Bruce Adolphe is currently composing an opera in collaboration with the novelist Richard Powers, author of Orfeo and The Time of Our Singing, among many other novels. Scenes from the opera, called “The Origin”, will be previewed at the Off the Hook Arts Festival in Colorado in June, 2016, featuring soprano Christie Conover and tenor Joseph Gaines.

Bruce Adolphe has recently composed a work commissioned by violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv. The piece, called “Fantasia Krushelnytska”, is inspired by the life of Solomiya Krushelnytska, the great Ukrainian soprano whose career was cut short by the Soviet occupation.

Adolphe’s Suite for Pete, a solo guitar work in four movements dedicated to the memory of Pete Seeger and inspired by his work in civil rights, will be premiered by Eliot Fisk at the Off the Hook Arts Festival in Colorado in June 2016.

Bruce recently teamed up with Kal, the political cartoonist of The Economist and Baltimore Sun, for a series of improvisational interactions between Tunes and Cartoons, featuring Kal’s drawings and Bruce’s piano puzzlers, as well as spontaneous simultaneous improvisations based on audience suggestions. This took place in Boulder and Fort Collins, Colorado, in January, 2016.  Piano Puzzlers is available through Keiser Classical.

The Tulsa Symphony Orchestra performed both Tough Turkey in the Big City and Red Dogs and Pink Skies in the middle of last November, 2015.  Contact our rental department to inquire after performance materials.

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.

David Schiff’s “Infernal” at Oregon Symphony & Ellington-Strayhorn Tribute

Composer David Schiff

Composer David Schiff

The Oregon Symphony will perform David Schiff’s “Infernal” on Nov. 7th -8th, 2015. Commissioned and recorded by Seattle Symphony Orchestra/ Gerard Schwarz, Starbucks Label, “Infernal” came about from a Seattle Symphony project to produce a series of recordings containing new contemporary works based on an older piece of music. As the composer explains, “I thought for about 30 seconds and then said I would base my piece on the ‘Infernal Dance’ from Stravinsky’s ‘Firebird Suite’. My piece, ‘Infernal,’ is a double homage to Stravinsky and Henry Mancini.” This performance will be the first given in several years by the major orchestra of Schiff’s home state.

The composer’s new work “Ducal Duo” will be premiered by David Shifrin on clarinet and Darrell Grant playing piano on November 6th, 2015 as part of “Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn: A Celebration.” at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

Stephen Hartke Recordings to Include Debut of “Netsuke,” Fall 2015 Updates

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Hartke’s “Netsuke” for Violin and Piano on “American Duos” (Albany Records)

The world premiere recording of Stehen Hartke’s “Netsuke” was released on Oct 1st, 2015 by Albany Records on the CD titled “American Duos” (#1593), with Jennifer Frautschi on violin and John Blacklow playing piano.  Music available through Hal Leonard.

“The King of the Sun” receives its third commercial recording, performed by Flex Ensemble and released by Genuine Records on the album “The Arrival of Night” (#14325) on July 11th, 2014.  Music available through Hal Leonard.

Stephen Hartke’s “Fourth Symphony” was broadcast on Aug 30th, 2015 on APM’s “Pipe Dreams”, a show celebrating the pipe organ and hosted by award-winning broadcaster Michael Barone.  Please contact our rental department for inquiries.

A new anthem for double mixed choir, “Blessed are they that sow and shall not reap”, was premiered by The Golden Bridge Consort and music director Suzi Digby in Beverly Hills California on Sept. 19th, 2015.  Visit Hal Leonard to browse Stephen Hartke’s current publications.

Bruce Adolphe Celebrates 60 with Preview of Film Score and “Chopin Dreams”

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Click for preview of the film with performance by Joshua Bell

On May 29, 2015 APM Radio show “Performance Today“, hosted by Fred Child and longtime home of Bruce Adolphe’s Piano Puzzler, celebrated the composer’s 60th birthday. The broadcast kicked off with an introduction to Polly Rhythm the parrot, which Adolphe fondly refers to as his “walking, talking, flying 10th birthday present.”   That was followed by a feature solo performance by violinist Joshua Bell of Adolphe’s J.S. Bach inspired Einstein’s Saraband: The Loneliness of Genius. Emily Ondracek-Peterson’s moving performance of this work can be heard in this video by Colorado Public Radio. The Saraband is one of five movements of a larger work to be included in Imaginary Film’s documentary motion picture by Nicholas Barris Einstein’s Light, soundtrack to be released on Sony Records this November. We are proud to announce that Keiser Classical will publish the performance edition later this season; email us for more details. The world concert premiere will take place in Amsterdam on 11/25/15, Joshua Bell as soloist.

Bruce Adolphe’s Chopin Dreams, a 25-minute solo piano work in which Adolphe imagines Chopin living and composing in New York today, was given its world premiere by the Italian pianist Carlo Grante in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, on September 15th, 2015. Rorianne Schrade of the New York Concert Review wrote, “the work is brimming with all the poetry and virtuosity one would hope for in a work inspired by the great Frédéric Chopin, but its tonal language is deliciously modern.” Read full review. Grante will play the European premiere in the Brahms-saal of the Musikverein in Vienna, on November 26th, 2015.  The work is in six movements: New York Nocturne; Jazzurka; Piano Popping; Brooklyn Ballad; Quaalude; and Hora. For more information write to Keiser Classical.

Sheila Silver’s Six Preludes for Piano New Edition

Now available in a high-quality performer’s edition, Six Preludes for Piano After Poems of Baudelaire is among Sheila Silver’s most beloved  works, featured on major label releases by three different artists. The work was commissioned for an art exhibit concert celebrating the poet Charles Baudelaire, each prelude inspired by one of his poems. The new edition incorporates important corrections with expanded program and performance notes by the composer. The Charles Baudelaire poem texts and more program informaton can be found on Sheila Silver’s website. Six Preludes is available for sale through Hal Leonard.