There has been a lack of posting here due to a deadline for my Philadelphia Chamber Music Society commission. But this week I sent the last movement of my new violin and piano to my brilliant editor/computer notation wizard, and I am now catching up on various neglected tasks. I’ll write about the PCMS piece in another post, for now I’ll just say it is called Five Poems – it was originally going to be a Violin Sonata, but the movements feel more like character pieces than something “symphonic” in conception.
The soprano soloist for the New Juilliard Ensemble performance of my From a Book of Hours has been named: Alexandra Razskazoff. There is a brief bio of her here (scroll down) from a press release on a Juilliard performance of Le nozze di Figaro this past spring.
So many events worth your attention this weekend in Philly:
– Guthrie Ramsey’s Musiqology at Annenberg
– Network for New Music has a panel and a concert for the Persichetti centennial
– Bowerbird explores Julius Eastman
– The Crossing is at Chestnut Hill Presbyterian with encore performances of several pieces
– Kile Smith has a premiere on the first Mendelssohn Club concert under new artistic director Paul Rardin
Music is undervalued in more ways than just through insufficient royalty payments for streaming audio – read this essay by Craig Havighurst.