Claude 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 Nightwas given at the Staatskapelle Halle in Germany on January 24 and 25 with Claire Huangci as the soloist and Mario Venzago conducting.
From the New York Times–composer David Stock’s music and an interview with the composer is slated for broadcast on New York Public Media’s WNET in 2013. The innovative educational series on classical music was championed by Gerard Schwarz, Conductor Emeritus of the Seattle Symphony. For the project, an All-Star Orchestra was assembled of musicians from some of America’s most venerated musical institutions to record Stock’s Blast! for Orchestra among pivotal works by other celebrated composers, both past and present.
On October 4th and 7th, Stock also enjoyed the world premiere of his double violin concerto Taking Sides, featuring Ani and Ida Kavafian with the New Haven Symphony conducted by William Boughton. David Stock’s music is available from Keiser Classical.