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.
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.
Celebrating 15 years of composer Bruce Adolphe’s show, Piano Puzzlers on public radio, he has launched a website with some fabulous pianists playing the puzzlers: Orli Shaham, Orion Weiss, Joseph Kalichstein, Fabio Luisi (the conductor), and Marija Stroke, plus Fred Child (host of Performance Today) and even some of the composer’s own performances. We invite you to delve into the rich offerings in our Spring 2018 update, including a world premiere in Milan, music inspired by a Buddhist myth, a tribute to a real life hero from World War Two Berlin, and yes, mysteries of the Piano Puzzlers revealed.
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.
The first Black composer to win the Pulitzer Prize, Walker’s music is getting warranted attention during this 95th year celebration of his work. The BBC Proms recently presented his LYRIC FOR STRINGS, an honor rarely given to African American and minority composers.