Following up on the incredible success of his recording of Being Michael Torke has a new work, about to be released on Ecstatic Records, Psalms and Cancticles. Featuring the talented singer Lydia Brown, this promises to be a new major work in Torke’s catalogue. The study score is available for purchase here.
America’s great reckonings continue. The late-blooming LGBTQ activist and Trekkie icon George Takei (a/k/a Ikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise) bears witness to a legacy of national shame in Lost History: A Memory, drawn from his personal recollections as a Japanese-American “enemy alien” in World War II under Executive Order 9066. Though Takei’s family was […]
Pianist Ursula Oppens discusses the music of Laura Kaminsky and her new CD of Kaminsky’s works: Read the article here.
Fanfare for Tomorrow, was performed as part of the one-hour Prelude music of the Inauguration ceremony, conducted by the Marine Band’s Director, Colonel Jason K. Fettig. “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, America’s oldest continuously active musical organization, is believed to have made its inaugural debut in 1801 for Thomas Jefferson, the first President to […]
Congratulations to Richard Danielpour and Christopher Theofanidis on their 2021 Grammy wins. Danielpour’s The Passion of Yeshua won Classical, Best Choral Performance and Theofanidis’ Concerto for Viola and Chamber Orchestra won for best classical instrumental solo. The 63rd GRAMMY Awards were broadcast on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021.
Looking for something new to listen to during the pandemic? The Kansas City Symphony has posted a wonderful recording of Richard Danielpour’s Concerto for Clarinet (from the mountaintop) with soloist Anthony McGill. McGill is currently Principle Clarinet with the New York Philharmonic. Scroll down to “Voices of Justice” to hear an interview with McGill, followed […]
During these difficult times when most performance venues are dark, virtual performances are trying to bridge the gap in our need for culture and connection. Minnesota Opera’s wonderful chorus has done a video performance of the “Sleep Chorus” from Puts’ and Cambell’s Silent Night.
The Metropolitan opera has announced their 2020-21 season, which will feature Jake Heggie’s and Terrence McNally’s Dead Man Walking. Since its premiere in 2000, the opera has had over 70 productions throughout the world, and we are thrilled that the Met will be producing it. With a cast that includes Joyce DiDonato as Sister Helen, […]
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. Sky was also selected as a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Torke’s ground-breaking work fuses bluegrass with his unique original musical voice to create a […]
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 […]