What I'm Working On...
Soon to be presented, a new opera, A Time of Trouble, with libretto by Rex Deverell and assistance from the Ontario Arts Council, explores the history of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul who went on to found Mount St. Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
New Recording from Achiles Liarmakopoulos
The album is available on itunes, amazon, amoebamusic, etc Physical copies are available exclusively at the Canadian Brass store.
I wanted to let you know about my Centrediscs CD release party of Myth, Legend, Romance at the Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph Street, Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 7:30.
Three of my concertos are on the CD: Persephone and Demeter, for violin, viola, and orchestra which we recorded with my daughter, Erika on violin, Rivka Golani on viola, and the Regina Symphony Orchestra; Sherwood Legend for French horn with Kurt Kellan on horn and the Calgary Philharmonic; and my Concerto for Violin (Faces of Woman) with Erika and the Sneak Peek Orchestra recorded last spring in Toronto.
Rivka Golani happened to be touring Canada at this time and was able to stop over in Toronto on her way back to England so we scheduled the launch when she could be here to perform. She and Erika will be accompanied by Rachel Andrist in an abridged and narrated (by me) version of Persephone and Demeter. Also, Erika will play a movement of the violin concerto.
For more information click here. I hope you can make it!
Neal just updated his web page and my Olmutz Concerto is front and centre! He's a spectacular player and has also started a kickstarter program that specializes in classical music. Have a listen to his version of the Olmutz...
A Celebration of Women Composers
Tubist Stephanie Frye is running a Kickstarter fundraiser for her project A Celebration of Women Composers. Take a look at her Kickstarter page and video and participate in this very worthy recording!
Elizabeth was invested into the Order November 23 at a ceremony in Regina. Find a complete list of this years inductees here.
Lito Fontana has recorded a fantastic new album entitled When I Walk Alone that includes some really fine recordings of my Three Jazz Moods for Piano and Trombone . Here are some samples to listen to: "Cocky"(1.2MB), "Reflection"(1.5MB), and "Perplexed"(1.6MB). You can hear more of the album and learn about Lito by visiting litofontana.com.
Jeff sent this picture taken on one of our run-outs to all the little communities around Regina for the collaboration between his group and the Regina Symphony Chamber Players, for which I wrote the arrangement for his piece, Coat Hanger. Find more of his work at jeffstraker.com.
This guy is amazing. Sergio Carolino, the fellow who recorded my Requiem for Wounded Knee with Roger Bobo narrating, has invented a sort of a tuba he calls the Lusophone (click the image to see it). Take a listen to his latest on his MySpace site at www.myspace.com/thetubab.
Arizona Friends of Chamber Music Commissioner's Circle
Arizona Friends of Chamber Music has created the Commissioner’s Circle for our audience members who wish to sponsor new chamber works with us.
Participation gives you the thrill of making a significant contribution to the creation of important new chamber music and of influencing what will be composed in the 21st century.
I am honoured to be part of the group and you can visit the site to read about the program. Here is a link to a review of a concert featuring my Sonata for Piano Four Hands that was commissioned as part of this initiative.
These are pictures of the woodwind quintet from the Regina Symphony Orchestra playing for a dinner at which Prince Charles and Camilla were present (as well as the Governor General and Prime Minister). As the Prince is the patron of the Regina Symphony but was unable to come to Regina on his November, 2009 Canadian visit, the RSO sent us as representatives.
I was asked to write a piece for the quintet to play especially for the Prince and I responded with a short work that celebrated the Royal visit and paid homage to several of the things about England that we hold dear. The piece is called Big Ben.
I also wrote a fanfare for the entrance of the principal guests.
Barnaby Kerekes premiered my bass trombone concerto March 28, 2009 with the Brampton Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Robert Raines. More on Barnaby can be found on his website www.music-lessons.ca.
Roger Bobo, world renown tuba player, for whom I orchestrated the Concerto del Garda. To follow Roger in his travels around the globe you can visit his site at www.rogerbobo.com.
How Bodies Leave Ecstatic Marks.
How Bodies Leave Ecstatic Marks is now available as a download on iTunes. You can click on the album artwork to download the album or some of the tracks.
Please note that iTunes does not allow the purchase of any individual track that is longer than 10 minutes…therefore, some of the tracks might only be available with a full album download.
Click on Apple iTunes to take you to the download page if you don't have iTunes already installed.
St. Lawrence String Quartet's 20th Anniversary Commissioning Project.
I have been asked to represent the Canadian prairies in this incredible project. Here is an excerpt from the email I received:
“It gives us great pleasure to invite you to represent the Canadian Prairies in composing an 8-10 minute work (for string quartet alone) commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the St. Lawrence String Quartet.
It would be an honour to include your composition in our anniversary celebration.”
I will be working throughout the summer months as the Prairie debut will be in early October 2008. Please check back often as I will be posting updates on the progress and news of the actual events.
The Halifax Harbour recordings
Finally! Samples of the Halifax Harbour recordings.
Halifax Harbour was commissioned by Dr. Jane Gordon in memory of her late husband, Dr. J.J. Macdonald, and premiered by Symphony Nova Scotia, Jan. 17, 2008.
These recordings are from that performance and were conducted by Dinuk Wijeratne. Although the music is not yet available from the CMC (it should be fairly soon) anyone who wants to get the music can contact me.
Although the complete recordings are not available, you can hear the samples by clicking here.
New recording of the Cinderella Suite
I am very pleased to offer here on the site, a new recording of my Cinderella Suite performed by the Meininger-Trio of Germany. The Suite was recorded live at the International Bodensee-Festival.
The Meininger-Trio is made up of flutist Christiane Meininger, cellist Francoise Groben, and pianist Rainer Gepp.Click here to listen to all 5 movements of the Cinderella Suite