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  • Modern Classics: Michael Trotta's Seven Last Words - MidAmerica Productions

    "Michael John Trotta is an award-winning composer of choral music whose latest work, Seven Last Words, will be given its NY premiere in Carnegie Hall on May 27, 2017 as part of MidAmerica Productions’ 34th concert season. This will be the first time that Trotta will conduct his own composition in a MidAmerica Productions Carnegie Hall concert. We spoke with him to learn more about the piece and how he approaches his compositions."

    Read Manhattan Concert Production's interview with Michael John Trotta, an award-winning composer whose latest work will be given its NY premiere in Carnegie Hall on May 27, 2017.

    Source: Modern Classics: Michael Trotta's Seven Last Words - MidAmerica Productions

  • Opera Canada & Canadian Music Teacher Reviews: Music by Stephen Chatman

    Stephen Chatman's music has been the subject of review in recent Opera Canada and Canadian Music Teacher magazines.

    Opera Canada: Choir Practice by Stephen Chatman, CD Recording

    Choir Practice

    Choir Practice, a comic opera in one act composed by Chatman with libretto by Tara Wohlberg, was premiered and recorded by the University of British Columbia Opera Ensemble and Symphony. The album was released in 2016 on the Centrediscs label.

    Wayne Gooding, Editor, writes, "Rare it is for a live student performance to enjoy a commercial release, rare still when that performance is the world premiere of a new opera...With its musical and linguistic twists and turns, non sequiturs and sudden dead ends, it all unfolds in the manner of Ionesco's The Bald Prima Donna. Both composer and librettist seem to have enjoyed themselves enormously writing this piece, with Chatman drawing on a wide range of styles and influences to bring Wohlberg's absurdist text to life."

    To read this review in its entirety, click here.
    For more information about this CD recording, click here.
    For more information about Choir Practice, click here.

    Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association: New Piano Music by Stephen Chatman

    Mix and Match for Older Beginners

    Mix and Match for Older Beginners

    Mix and Match is an imaginative and diverse supplementary album especially created for older piano students. It is designed as a rare, innovative mix-and-match complement to any standard piano method book. Through an array of stylistically varied pieces, all paired with harmonically rich, imaginative duets, the older beginning student will be musically engaged and challenged. Tara Wohlberg was the text author for this series.

    Jean Ritter of British Columbia writes, "My students and I had a great time playing through the thirty-six pieces. They all have complimentary duets that add depth and great colour and make for pleasant music making!...The book is pedagogically sound incorporating numerous terms and symbols our students learn in their theory books."

    To read the full length review, click here.
    For more information about the Mix & Match series, click here.                                       

    Etudes, Book 1

    Etudes Book 1As with Chopin's Etudes, this challenging set of five etudes can be used either for technique work or for concert performance. The music most assuredly allows for the pianist to demonstrate his or her technical and musical prowess.

    Joyce Janzen of British Columbia says, "Each of these advanced technical challenges are a minute to a minute and a half long. Dynamic and pedal markings are frequent and precise. Changing meter often accomplishes a ritardando or a pause between sections. These are dynamic material for an eager advanced performer!"

    To read the full length review, click here.
    For more information about Etudes, click here.

    Stephen Chatman

    Stephen Chatman, one of Canada's most prominent composers, is Professor of Composition at the University of British Columbia School of Music. He has received many commissions and composition awards, including 2005, 2006, and 2010 Western Canadian Music Awards “Classical Composition of the Year," 2010 and 2012 SOCAN Jan V. Matejcek New Classical Music Award, three BMI Awards (New York), multiple JUNO nominations, Dorothy Somerset Award, Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the 2001 BBC Masterprize short-list. In 2012, Dr. Chatman was appointed to the Order of Canada. Dr. Chatman’s choral pieces “are in wide demand in North America” (Historical Dictionary of Choral Music, 2010); his orchestral music has been commissioned by the CBC Radio Orchestra, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Madison, and Windsor symphonies and performed by the BBC Symphony, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Montreal, Sydney, Seoul, San Francisco, Winnipeg, Quebec, St. Louis, Calgary, Detroit, Dallas, and New World symphonies.


  • Empire City Men’s Chorus celebrates music of Conrad Susa, "The Treasured Volume"

    May 13 & 16, 2017 at 8 pm
    The Church of the Holy Apostles
    296 9th Avenue @ W.28th Street
    New York, NY 10001

    Artistic Director, Vince Peterson
    Accompanist, Sam Shull

    For 2017, the Empire City Men's Chorus (ECMC) celebrates American composer, Conrad Susa (1935-2013), who was teacher, mentor and great friend to their Artistic Director Vince Peterson. EMC is thrilled to be the first men’s chorus in the world to publish an album of Conrad’s men's choral works. This concert was recorded live.


    Included in the concert (click each title for publication information):
    Appalachian folk songs
    an arrangement of Vier Ernste Gesange by Brahms
    Dirge from Cymbeline
    Earth Song

    Source: Empire City Men’s Chorus presents “The Treasured Volume”ChoralNet

  • Choral Arts Northwest premieres work by John David Earnest


    Esteemed conductor Robert Bode, led Choral Arts Northwest and Lee Thompson on piano, in the recent premiere of John David Earnest's Be Thou My Vision (Homage to a Beloved Hymn) for SATB Chorus and piano. The performances took place May 6-7, 2017 at Plymouth Congregational Church (Seattle, WA) and St. Thomas Episcopal Church (Medina, WA).

    Comprised of volunteer singers drawn exclusively from the Seattle region, Choral Arts Northwest has garnered national recognition and critical acclaim by combining a deep sense of community with a passion for artistic excellence. CANW won the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence (2010); and the American Prize for choral performance (community division) twice, placing first in 2010 and second in 2013. In December of 2015, the ensemble also provided a command performance at the White House for guests of President and Mrs. Obama. They also have seven commercially released recordings under the Gothic record label.

    John David Earnest's relationship with the ensemble proceeds this performance by several years. In 2013 - 2014, Earnest served as composer-in-residence for the ensemble.

    Learn more about Choral Arts here: Choral Arts Northwest – Pure Sound

  • New book celebrates life and legacy of The American Organist column, Vox Humana

     MorningStar Music Publishers is pleased to announce the release of collected articles by veteran organist, Haig Mardirosian. Vox Humana is Mardirosian’s column in The American Organist, the official journal of the American Guild of Organists and the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America, which ran monthly for exactly a decade from 2003 to 2013.

    Haig Mardirosian (b. 1947, New York City) is Dean of the College Arts and Letters at the University of Tampa. He has earned international standing as a composer, conductor, concert organist, and recording artist. He has performed in important international festivals and has 20 recordings to his credit on various labels in the United States and Europe. As a writer and critic, Mardirosian has contributed nearly 1,500 reviews and features to a variety of publications. He also serves as director of the Editorial Resources Committee of the American Guild of Organists.

    Appearing in an annotated collection for the first time here, Mardirosian creates an image encompassing both the breadth and depth of the instrument and profession through humor, memory, business, liturgy, and, of course, artistry. This reflection of the organ and those who play it is an essential read for those searching for perspective or new ideas, as well as those looking for understanding, nostalgia, or a bit of humor.

    Paperback. 152 pages.

  • Revelations: Feat. Jupiter String Quartet, Bruce Brubaker, & music of Su Lian Tan

    Arsis Audio is thrilled to announce the release of a new recording of chamber works composed by Su Lian Tan, Revelations. The recording features the musicianship of the award-winning Jupiter String Quartet and renowned pianist Bruce Brubaker.

    The Composer
    Su Lian TanSu Lian Tan is a much sought after flutist and composer whose music has been described as “the stunner of the evening,” (Washington Post). Making her first recordings at the age of 14, she has recently been featured in Flute Talk and the American Record Guide. Tan has been commissioned by groups such as the Grammy-winning Takacs String Quartet, Da Capo Chamber Players, and the Meridian Arts Ensemble. Much of her music is published by E. C. Schirmer Music Company. Tan is Professor of Music at Middlebury College where she continues to be a mentor to talented young musicians.

    The Musicians

    Jupiter String Quartet

    The Jupiter String Quartet is a particularly intimate group, consisting of violinists Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel (older sister of Meg), and cellist Daniel McDonough (husband of Meg, brother-in-law of Liz). Formed in 2002, the members of this tightly-knit ensemble make it their mission to spread a love of chamber music through both performing and teaching. In addition to touring throughout the United States and abroad, the Jupiters are Artists-in-Residence at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where they maintain private studios and run the string chamber music program. The quartet places a strong emphasis on developing relationships with future classical music audiences through outreach work in schools and other educational performances. They believe that chamber music, because of the intensity of its interplay and communication, is one of the most effective ways of spreading an enthusiasm for “classical” music to new audiences.

    Bruce Brubaker

    In live performances from the Hollywood Bowl to New York’s Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, from Hong Kong to France’s International Piano Festival at La Roque d’Anthéron, and in recordings for ECM, InFiné, Bedroom Community, Arabesque, and Arsis—Bruce Brubaker is the new musician, visionary virtuoso, artistic provocateur. Named “Young Musician of the Year” by Musical America, Bruce Brubaker performs Mozart with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and plays Philip Glass’s piano music around the world. Profiled on NBC’s Today show, Brubaker has performed with Meredith Monk, Nico Muhly, Lorraine Hunt, and John Cage. Brubaker is featured on Nico Muhly’s album Drones and Meredith Monk’s Piano Songs.

    The Album

    Su Lian Tan’s assured approach to chamber music is marked in this recording, nimbly performed by the Jupiter String Quartet and pianist Bruce Brubaker. Life in Wayang transports the listener to the traditional puppet theater found most notably in Indonesia and Malaysia, echoing of gamelan and rich with musical commentary. Orfeo in Asia follows the ancient Greek legend to Southeast Asia as he encounters new modalities of harmony and rhythm. Finally, Revelations utilizes the quartet and piano together, reflecting on contemporary scholarly life and its intricacies.

    Revelations will be available on all major streaming sites in June 2017. Each work performed on Revelations is also available from E. C. Schirmer Music Company.

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