Time for a Download

An mp3 download of clarinetist Lisa Oberlander‘s album Times Like These is now available at Amazon. Yien Wang is the pianist on the album, which is a nice mix of new music and older repertoire.

I wrote the title piece for Jean Kopperud and Stephen Gosling who recorded it for Albany. Lisa has now played it – brilliantly – several times, and recorded it for Potenza Records. I expect the physical CD will be available soon. Check out video of Lisa and Yien performing the piece by clicking on the “video” link above.

Times Like These at ClarinetFest 2014

CD cover

Lisa Oberlander, clarinet, and Tatiana Muzanova, piano, will be performing my Times Like These this coming Sunday, August 3, as part of the International Clarinet Association‘s ClarinetFest 2014 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  This convention is a big deal in the clarinet world, with tons of concerts, lectures, exhibits, and so forth. Lisa’s performance will be part of a 12 noon recital in Shaver Theater on the campus of Louisiana State University.

Lisa, with pianist Yien Wang, has recorded the piece for Potenza Music. (That’s the lively cover art above.) The release is imminent, so far as I know; I’ll post the relevant links for getting the disc as soon as they become available. Lisa and Yien have a fabulous command of the piece; check out the video of their performance:

 

 

Originally commissioned and premiered by Jean Kopperud and Stephen Gosling, and recorded by them for Albany, Times Like These was recently published by the Theodore Presser Co. However, I don’t see it listed yet on their website, nor at Sheet Music Plus – if you are interested in the piece, I suggest contacting Judith Ilika, head of promotion at Presser: jilika@presser.com. I know they have the PDF file of the score that I sent to them, so be persistent and I’m sure they will eventually get you the music. UPDATE: you can purchase the piece at the Presser website here.  Judith Ilika no longer works for Presser; you can try sales@presser.com for questions.

Sunspots

sunspots_full_diskThese things just happen once in a while – I don’t know why – sunspots? –  but I seem to have six performances coming up next month. To save you from having to click on the “upcoming performances” link above, (although you should feel no inhibitions about doing so), here’s the news for April:

April 2, 2013: Pure Contraption, Absolute Gift (premiere)

Judith Gordon, piano
Sage Hall
Smith College
Northhampton, MA

April 5, 2013: Chamber Concerto

Benjamin Fingland, Clarinet
Network for New Music
Rose Recital Hall
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

April 13, 2013: Times Like These

Lisa Oberlander, clarinet
Yien Wang, piano
Cheryl G. & Joseph C. Jensen Grand Concert Hall
of the Stephens Performing Arts Center
Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID

April 16, 2013: “Cinder” from Holy the Firm

Kameryn Lueng, soprano
Szilvia Mikó, piano
Longy School of Music
Boston, MA

April 18, 2013: String Quartet #3

Daedalus Quartet
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
Settlement Music School, Queen Street Branch
Philadelphia, PA
Concert will honor composer Richard Wernick with performances of works by his students.
Program includes music by Melinda Wagner, Yinam Leef, and Philip Maneval.

April 27: “Cinder” from Holy the Firm; How Can I Keep From Singin’? (arranged by Primosch)

Kameryn Lueng, soprano
Szilvia Mikó, piano
Bito Performance Space
Bard College Conservatory of Music
Annandale on Hudson, NY

Would that this kind of thing happened more often. Hope to see you at one or another of these – I’ll be at Smith, in Philly for both concerts, and possibly at Bard.

Times Like These Streaming Tonight

I just got word from pianist Yien Wang that the performance of my Times Like These that she and Lisa Oberlander will be giving tonight will be streamed live. Their recital starts at 7:30 pm, (EDST), and my piece is the second on the program. Go here for the stream, and here for more about the performance and about the piece.

Times Like These in Georgia

I want to remind you of the performance of my Times Like These in Georgia this week. Clarinetist Lisa Oberlander is joined by pianist Yien Wang in performing the piece that was commissioned by Jean Kopperud for her “Extreme Measures” project, and subsequently recorded by her and Steve Gosling for Albany. Lisa’s program is on September 6 at Legacy Hall, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Schwob School of Music, Columbus State University, Columbus GA.

Performances this fall

Two additions to the Upcoming and Recent Performances page:
Times Like These, the clarinet and piano piece I wrote for Jean Kopperud‘s “Extreme Measures” project a few years ago, will be played by Lisa Oberlander, clarinet, and Yien Wang, piano, this fall. The details:
Thursday, September 6, 7:30pm
Free admission
Legacy Hall, Rivercenter for the Performing Arts
Schwob School of Music, Columbus State University
Columbus GA
The program is:
Wanhal  – Sonata in Bb Major
Primosch – Times Like These
Widor – Introduction et Rondo
Brahms – Sonata in Eb Major, Op. 120, No. 2
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And closer to home, The Crossing will do spiralling ecstatically, a setting of an e.e. cummings poem for a cappella chorus, at their Christmas concert:
Sunday, December 23, 8:00 pm
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Philadelphia, PA
The piece originated in a setting I wrote for the choir of the Catholic Campus Ministry at Columbia University some decades ago. I subsequently re-wrote the piece for Emmanuel Church in Boston, where it was done most recently at the installation of their pastor, Pamela Werntz.
Congratulations to The Crossing’s conductor, Donald Nally, who recently joined the faculty of Northwestern.