Solo viola in Vermont; Jennifer Rivera on GPR Records; Folk tune project
Elizabeth Reid will perform the US Premiere of the work for solo viola I wrote for her, “Don’t Know Yet,” which she played in Toronto last year in its World Premiere. On Saturday June 20 in Brandon, Vermont at 7:30. Here are the details.
Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Rivera has recorded my song cycle, “A Cuban in Vermont” on GPRRecords, with pianist Myra Huang. I’ll let you know when it’s released, in September. A release recital is planned at Subculture in New York City.
The Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble presented a concert of all new music inspired by poetry including the world premiere of “Silence,” a work for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and percussion commissioned by VCME for this concert. Friday April 17 at the Unitarian Church 130 Main Street Montpelier VT at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday April 18 in the Black Box Theater at the Main Street Landing in Burlington VT also at 7:30. Both concerts $25 regular; $12 students & seniors. The poem inspiring the music is “The Husband’s Tale” by David Huddle.
“Serenata, Cuban Suite No. 1″ for violin and piano, was performed at Atlantic University in Boca Raton on Sunday Feb. 1. Violinist Laura Klugherz, who performed the Serenata at Colgate College last fall, was accompanied by Heather Coltman at the piano. Details.
On February 25 at 6 p.m. there was a private recital at the Century Association in New York City featuring the world premiere of a song commissioned by Luigi Terruso, “We Two Boys” for baritone and piano, based on the Whitman poem. Bass baritone Robert Osborne sang with Todd Crow at the piano.
Phoenix Concerts in New York City will be recording their recent program “The Folk Tune Project” on GPR Records; to celebrate their 10th season Phoenix Concerts commissioned short piano trios inspired by folk tunes. I am one of the composers and my piece is called “Caprichito, Cuban Suite No. 3″; the performers are Roger Zahab, violin; David Russell, cello; Robert Frankenberry, piano. I will keep you posted on developments.