Twenty-six year old Peng-Peng Gong is China’s most performed and up-and-coming young composer. In 2014, he received his Bachelors of Music Degree from Juilliard, and became the only undergraduate in the history of the Juilliard School to have all of his scores purchased and displayed in their library. Two of the composer's most recent major works, his Viola Concerto and Sixth Symphony, both received premiere performances with the Shanghai Philharmonic on April 29, 2017.
This spring, Claude Baker is seeing two of his works performed. His recently-composed work for 24 voice chorus and percussion, Hor Chel'l Ciel e la Terra, will receive its second performance by the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory chorus, conducted by Earl Rivers on April 8. The piece is a creative "reimagining" of the second work in Claudio Monteverdi's eighth book of madrigals.
David Schiff's suite of four pieces by Duke Ellington entitled DUCAL SUITE was dedicated to and premiered by David Shifrin and the Dover String Quartet on July 26, 2017, presented by Chamber Music Northwest. Schiff's arrangement for clarinet and string quartet is a sophisticated urban cocktail.
Composer Don Freund has enjoyed several fine performances during the 2017-18 season, during which he celebrated his 70th birthday. On July 27, Alarm Will Sound performed HARD CELLS at the Mizzou International Composers Festival in Columbia, MO. The ensemble has become known over the past twenty-plus years since its founding at the Eastman School for creative programming and proved equal to the challenge of this jazzy minimalist work.