Torke SKY nominated for a Grammy

Michael Torke’s Sky, performed by violinist Tessa Lark and the Albany Symphony (David Alan Miller, conductor) was nominated for a 2020 Grammy Award as Best Classical Instrumental Solo. Torke’s ground-breaking work fuses bluegrass with his unique original musical voice to create a new, fresh take on the traditional violin concerto. The work was commissioned by […] Read more »

Peter Boyer Featured at BMI

Peter Boyer

This month BMI features Peter Boyer’s story about his career as a composer, interviewed here by Deirdre Chadwick. Boyer’s Ellis Island: The Dream of America continues to find new audiences as its message about the essence of what makes America so profoundly unique and great resonates even more today than when it was written in […] Read more »

Daugherty NIGHT OWL premieres in Virginia

Last April the Virginia Symphony gave the world premiere of Michael Daughtery’s Night Owl, a 20-minute, 3 movement fantasy on the nocturnal photography and recordings of O. Winston Link. “Night Owl for orchestra is inspired by the masterful, nocturnal photography and sound recordings by O. Winston Link (1914-2001), who chronicled the last days of steam […] Read more »

Grammy Nominations

Congratulations to Jake Heggie, Laura Kaminsky, Robert Paterson and Kevin Puts for their Grammy Nominations. The recording of Heggie’s Great Scott (libretto Terrence McNally) was nominated for two awards: Best Contemporary Classical Composition and Producer of the Year (Blanton Alspaugh). Paterson’s Three Way (libretto David Cote) was also nominated for Producer of the Year (Blanton […] Read more »

Kahane’s Book of Travelers

Gabriel Kahane’s new album, Book of Travelers, stems from an almost 9,000 mile journey by train where Kahane disconnected from digital life and connected with people, in person. Kahane was interviewed on PBS about the piece, and its genesis: To hear samples of the recording, please click here. Read The New Yorker’s Alex Ross about […] Read more »

Robert Paterson receives A.I. Dupont Composer’s Award

Robert Paterson joins a distinguished group of American composers that have received the prestigious A.I. Dupont Composer’s award.  Given for recognition of a composer who has made “a significant contribution to the field of contemporary music” by the Delaware Symphony, the orchestra will perform Paterson’s Dark Mountains on Sept. 28 and 30. “I am humbled […] Read more »

Glen Roven

Musical polymath Glen Roven, an indefatigable composer of works for theater, opera, voice, orchestra and prolific record producer has passed away at the age of 61. Roven first came to our attention with his charming settings of The Runaway Bunny and Goodnight Moon. His imaginative settings and unique ability to partner with prominent actors/singers gave […] Read more »

Great Performances presents Ellis Island

THIRTEEN’s Great Performances Presents the U.S. Broadcast Premiere of Peter Boyer’s “Ellis Island: The Dream of America” with Pacific Symphony Friday, June 29 on PBS in Honor of  Immigrant Heritage Month   Features dramatic performances by Barry Bostwick, Camryn Manheim, Michael Nouri and other guest stars THIRTEEN’s Great Performances and Pacific Symphony, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, pay […] Read more »