Kenneth Fuchs was awarded the 2019 GRAMMY®for Best Classical Compendium for his NAXOS album Piano Concerto Spiritualist, Song Cycle Poems of Life, Electric Guitar Concerto Glacier, and the Alto Sax Concerto Rush. This is Fuchs’ fourth GRAMMY® nomination and his first win.
William Bolcom and Joan Morris were honored with the Arts Alliance Medals for Arts, Sciences & Humanities Lifetime Achievement medal on February 11, 2019. The award comes as composer William Bolcom's 2019-20 concert calendar includes performances of his Concerto in D for Violin by the Milwaukee and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras, and his Trombone Concerto with soloist Joe Alessi. Full performance calendar and an in-depth conversation with CMS Lincoln Center, including Bolcom's hand-picked playlist of his music are also in this spring update.
David Schiff has received a commission for a new clarinet concerto from Chamber Music Northwest and its director, clarinetist David Shifrin. Written in the style of a Baroque aria, it will premiere this July 6th at the Chamber Music Northwest Festival in Portland. Contemporaneously, the composer’s retirement from Reed College was celebrated over the course of a three-concert retrospective of his music held in his honor this Spring. Described by Schiff as, “a combination of pieces I wanted to hear again and people I wanted to work with again,” the concert series puts a brilliant capstone on the career of Oregon’s best-known composer.
“This massively dark work for flute and orchestra, finally available in a reduction for flute and piano, needs almost no description - just a listen. It's dark. It's lush. It's beautiful, and we've been waiting on it for years. That's all that really needs to be said.” -Simon Berry. Featured in Carolyn Nussbaum Music Company’s Best Releases of 2018 for Flute and Piano is Igor Shcherbakov’s Concerto for Flute. The Concerto is among the composer's most poignant and beloved works. Written in memory of fellow composer Oleg Kyva, the piece has enjoyed performances in Switzerland, Poland, and Shcherbakov's home country of Ukraine. This first-ever publication of the piano reduction and solo flute part makes this concerto available to flutists for recital and competitions. Recording, perusal score, Shcherbakov recent publications and full Best Releases list in the full article.
Meira Warshauer was interviewed in April by radio host Bradley Fuller about her Symphony No. 1: Living, Breathing Earth on his South Carolina Public Radio show, Sonatas and Soundscapes as part of the 2019 Earth Day Celebration.