Stephen Hartke’s “Blue Studio” NYC Premiere, Spring Updates

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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.

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.

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.

Stephen Hartke to Chair Oberlin Composition Department

Hartke Ohio mapOberlin has appointed distinguished composer Stephen Hartke as its new Chair of Composition starting July 2015. The announcement highlights the history of collaboration between the conservatory, one of America’s most respected and innovative music institutions, and Hartke who is among America’s most respected and innovative living composers.

One example of the synergy that has existed between Hartke and OC can be readily found in the new music ensemble Eighth Blackbird, a group founded originally by Oberlin students and now one of the most creative artistic forces in new music. Eighth Blackbird commissioned Hartke’s Meanwhile, which ultimately earned both composer and musicians each a Grammy Award in their respective categories.

Hartke attended student performances while visiting Oberlin in in December 2014, which included Wulfstan at the Millenium on Dec. 9 and The Rose of the Winds for double string quartet on the 11th.

In other news, the composer’s new piano trio, The Blue Studio premiered at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia on Feb. 27, 2015. Additional performances this year will include University of Southern California in April, and this summer at the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Festival.

“Organ Symphony” Enthusiastically Received

Disneyhall organ smallStephen Hartke’s Symphony No. 4 was premiered at Disney Hall by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by Gustavo Dudamel, with three concerts from November 20-22, 2014. On November 23 an additional performance was given in Costa Mesa, CA at Segerstrom Hall.

In his program notes, the composer writes, “I have to wanted to compose a symphony for organ and orchestra since I first started to write music at the age of ten. Thanks to the kindness and support of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, I was able not only to realize this dream but to sketch a good deal of the organ part at the console of the Disney Hall organ exploring its wonderful array of unique timbres. In casting the piece as a symphony with organ, it was my aim to use it as an integral part of the orchestral fabric, a fifth choir contributing its special colors in the way that only it can.” The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s principal keyboardist Joanne Pearce Martin performed the organ part for the premiere.

Robert Thomas of Pasadena Star-News writes, “One of the reasons orchestras have a hard time constructing programs for organ is a lack of main course selections beyond Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3. We now have a worthy alternative, thanks to the world premiere of Symphony No. 4 by Glendale resident and USC composition professor, Stephen Hartke.” Full article here.

Stephen Hartke – summer premiere/ performances

4 hand piano collageHartke’s just-completed Sonata for Piano Four-Hands will be premiered by Anna Polonsky and Orion Weiss on July 7 and 8 at Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, OR. It was co-commissioned by CMNW and the La Jolla Music Society’s Summerfest. The La Jolla performance is set for August 3.

Additionally, three of his pieces were performed at the June in Buffalo Festival, June 2-8 (titles link to sales information):

Netsuke (new ed. publication) by Yuki Numata Resnick, violin, and Steven Beck, piano
Meanwhile by the Swedish ensemble Norrbotten NEO, conducted by Petter Sundkvist
A Brandenburg Autumn by the Buffalo Philharmonic, conducted by JoAnn Falletta

The Beethoven & Beyond concert series at Mannes College earlier this month featured two programs of Hartke’s instrumental and chamber music, each work paired with a corresponding Beethoven piece based upon various commonalities. A review of the first program appears on Classicalite.

Contact Keiser Classical for more information on Stephen Hartke’s music.

Stephen Hartke – Clarinet Concerto, ed. Richard Stoltzman

Hartke Cl Cto cover webAvailable through Hal Leonard, HL00127805, $39.95

This new edition offers for the first time a clarinet solo part edited with commentary by internationally-acclaimed clarinet artist Richard Stoltzman. Includes piano reduction by Sarah Gibson along with a CD containing Stoltzman’s original recording with the IRIS Chamber Orchestra.