20 years after its premiere performance, Peter Boyer’s Ellis Island: The Dream of America has established itself as an enduring tribute to the foundation of America and its multi-national roots. With text compiled by Boyer from the Ellis Island Oral History Project, Ellis Island is a 45 minute work for 7 actors and orchestra, with […]
Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Announces Kenneth Fuchs As Recipient of 3rd Annual Composer Award Rockland, ME – The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation is pleased to announce Kenneth Fuchs is the recipient of its 3rd annual $20,000 Composer Award. With the Award, Fuchs will create a new work to be performed in 2023 by the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. Fuchs, a Grammy Award-winning composer and professor of composition […]
The Minnesota Opera has released the first recording of the Pulitzer prize winning opera Silent Night by Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell. Order your copy here:
Following up on the incredible success of his recording of Being Michael Torke has released a new work 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.