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State of Affairs is a call-in discussion program on Louisville’s NPR affiliate, 89.3 WFPL (kind of like Talk of the Nation), Weekdays at 11am (EST) Tomorrow’s topic is NEW MUSIC.  I will be a guest along with Marc Satterwhite, professor of composition at the University of Louisville.  Marc also coordinates the Grawemeyer Award.  Joining by […]

Lost and Found

IRIS By evidence (stephan moore + scott smallwood) Deep Listening (DL 35-2007) This two-disc collection offers an audio CD with works by evidence, and a DVD that uses this audio in collaboration with videos from “video artists, VJs, vusicians, live video performers, and time-based visualists…” Successful electronic/computer music is multi-dimensional. Chamber &Host (track 4, audio; […]

Lost and Found

Music by Nicolas Flagello National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine John McLaughlin Williams, conductor Elmar Oliviera, violin  Susan Gonzalez, soprano Artek 0036-2 Nicolas Flagello (1928-1994) was born in New York City, earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music and, upon graduation, taught there until 1977. Flagello’s music is romantic and […]

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Harry Somers A Midwinter Night’s Dream Canadian Music Centre 12306 Any one considering an opera suitable for young people may want to consider Harry Somers’ A Midwinter Night’s Dream. The story takes place in very-north America, near the Artic circle, and tells the story of a bored young man who slips into a dream, thinking […]

Lost and Found

Many apologies for going silent for several weeks (I just KNOW you’ve been losing sleep without this column). Without giving excuses, I’ll move right along to three recordings you may not hear about anywhere else: Mark Zuckerman New Music for Strings Seattle Sinfornia; Joel Eric Sueben Momenta Quartet (MSR Classics 1223) Much of Mark Zuckerman’s […]

Grawemeyer Discussion and Concert

New York City – On Friday afternoon, March 9, at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, music critic Tim Page of The Washington Post hosted a panel discussion between five Grawemeyer-winning composers: John Corigliano (1991), Sebastian Currier (2007), Karel Husa (1993), Aaron Jay Kernis (2002), and Joan Tower (1990). Grawemeyer Symposium: (left […]

Grawemeyer Concert at Carnegie Hall

The University of Louisville descended on to New York City this week for a big event, and I don’t mean the Big East tournament (well, they did that also and lost). Musicians from the School of Music, the symphony orchestra and wind symphony, filled Carnegie Hall with music from Grawemeyer-winning composers and the 2007 Grawemeyer […]

Lost and Found

Garden of Dreams David Maslanka Dallas Wind Symphony Jerry Junkin Writing for a large ensemble, especially a traditional, professional orchestra, can be a dangerous venture for today’s composer. Hours, days, and years (sometimes) of composition, orchestration, preparation of parts, and personal anguish over a score that may get two hours of concert hall rehearsal before […]

Lost and Found

Ecce Cor Meum Paul McCartney Kate Royal, soprano London Voices; Boys of Magdalen College Choir, Oxford; Boys of King’s College Choir, Cambridge Colm Carey, organ Mark Law, piccolo trumpet Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Gavin Greenaway EMI Classics 094637042427 That Paul McCartney was a member of the Beatles should be ignored for the […]

Lost and Found

Jerry sent me a box load of CDs for review under the agreement that I will choose lesser-known composers. So a new column called “Lost and Found” is born, and will (hopefully) be an every-other week installment. American Women: Modern Voices in Piano Music (self-published) Nancy Boston, piano In American Women: Modern Voices in Piano […]