2019 Wrap/2020 Outlook
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 12:40 PM
The year that was 2019 has proven to be a fruitful year with regard to new works, with a total of 17 new works written, including the beginnings of a concerto for orchestra, five new art songs, five new big band charts, and various other works, my output productivity was at breakneck pace. Performances occured often after a slow beginning to the year, finishing with 14 performances and two world premieres, with June and December being banner months. June brought the Mostly Modern Festival and the performance of four works, two of which were premieres. In September, I made my Russian debut with a performance of my string trio Carmina solis et lunae, which was also performed at the Mostly Modern Festival. In December came the second performance of my big band piece Bright Morning Star after receiving a special recognition in the Itaca College Jazz Composition Contest. And of course, the big news, my Chinese debut with the Athens Philharmonia taking my A Christmas Celebration on a two-week tour of China. 2020 is shaping up to be as productive with the continuation of the China tour by the Athens Philharmonia, and then premiere performances already scheduled in New York for February and May. Other big news in the works, but I can’t tell you about that just yet!
Following are the performances from 2019, and looking ahead to 2020:
March 6, 2019 - Performance of On An Autumn Day by the NYCC Jazz Ensemble, Michael Laderman-flute, Roger Blanc-guitar, Emiko Hayashi-piano, Nate Haselby-bass, and David Picton-drums at Zinc Bar in New York, New York.
April 23, 2019 - Second performance of The Callithumpian Duck, first performance for woodwind quintet, by the Sunderman Wind Quintet at The Little Church Around the Corner, New York, New York.
June 14, 2019 - Premiere performance of the concert version of Something More for oboe, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, and cello, performed by the American Modern Ensemble, conducted by Alfonso Piacentini at the Mostly Modern Festival at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York.
June 23, 2019 - Premiere performance of the Concerto for Orchestra: Movement I, performed by the American Modern Orchestra, conducted by John McKeever at the Mostly Modern Festival at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York.
June 27, 2019 - Second performance of Berceuse from Chants de la nuit for solo guitar, performed by Colin Fullerton, and the premiere of Pensées solennelles by Daniel Conant, and Fais de beaux rêves by Thomas Clippinger at the Mostly Modern Festival at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York
June 27, 2019 - Third performance of Carmina solis et lunae by Robin Lynn Braun, violin, Sara Ordonez, viola, and Dave Eggar, cello, conducted by Renée Anne Louprette at the Mostly Modern Festival at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York.
September 27, 2019 - Fourth performance of Carmina solis et lunae by Maria Khodina, violin, Vyacheslav Grebennikov, viola, Nadezhda Grebennikova, cello, on a Musical Bridges Concert at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow, Russia.
October 30, 2019 - Third performance of Dappled light 'mid mountains gleams by the Cobalt Saxophone Quartet, on a concert of the New York Composers Circle, at The Little Church Around the Corner, Church of the Transfiguration, New York, New York
December 7, 2019 - Second performance of Bright Morning Star for jazz big band featuring Braxton Cook, alto saxophone, on The David P. ('60) and Susan W. Wohlhueter Jazz Ensemble Composition Contest, Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York
December 2019 – A Christmas Celebration for orchestra, performed by the Athens Philharmonia Orchestra on tour to China:
Dec 24 - Dalian People's Club Theater, Dalian, Liaoning, China
Dec 25 - Mudanjiang Grand Theater, Mudanjiang, Heilongjiang, China
Dec 27 - Yingkou Art Center, Yingkou, Liaoning, China
Dec 28 - Jinzhou Theater, Jinzhou, China
Dec 30 - Dalian Development Area Grand Theater, Dalian, Liaoning, China
January 2020 – A Christmas Celebration for orchestra, performed by the Athens Philharmonia Orchestra on tour to China, continued:
Jan 2 - Liuzhou Art Center, Liuzhou, China
Jan 3 - Jiangxi Art Center, Nanchang, Jiangxi, China
Jan 4 - Handan Grand Theater, Handan, Hebei, China
Jan 5 - Hebei Art Center, Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China
February 19, 2020 – Premiere performance of Meditation No. 2: Chorale & Variations for organ by Claudia Dumschat, Little Church Around the Corner, New York, New York
May 19, 2020 – Premiere performance of String Quartet No. 3 “The Appalachian” by the Klang Quartet, Little Church Around the Corner, New York, New York
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