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Kile Smith

Composer

“There is no other music like this.”—Craig Hella Johnson

“Our jaws just dropped”

Joan Kimball, Co-Artistic Director, Piffaro, the Renaissance Band

“One of our most important composers”

Craig Hella Johnson, Artistic Director, Conspirare

“He knows how to generate an emotional life out of a few tiny notes—and that’s the only thing that matters”

Donald Nally, Conductor, The Crossing

“Kile Smith is reshaping the choral repertoire”

Cincinnati Movers & Makers

“Sublimely ... ecstatically beautiful”

David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer

“At the top of his craft ... advancing the choral art form”

George Case, conductor

“Smith’s vocal writing is eerily beautiful”

Boston Classical Review

“There is no other music like this. Utterly unique.”

Craig Hella Johnson, Conspirare

The Arc in the Sky: “maybe his best piece yet”

David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer

The Arc in the Sky: “Masterful ... exhilarating ... emotionally charged ... Smith has set a new standard for himself. Strongly recommended.”

Jonah Pearl, The Classic Review

The Arc in the Sky: “a masterpiece of emotional expressivity and spiritual revelation”

Michael Caruso, Chestnut Hill Local

The Arc in the Sky: “shimmering music that never quite goes where you think it will”

Jennifer Hambrick, WOSU Public Media

The Arc in the Sky: “a great explosion of energy ... rich and expansive ... real zest in both music and performance”

John Quinn, MusicWeb International

April Showers: “So incredibly beautiful ... such a joy to sing”

Simon Barrad, baritone

Canticle: “Achingly beautiful”

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Canticle: “The writing for voices is exquisite ... contemplative, playful, devotional, exuberant, and sensual.”

Andrew Quint, The Absolute Sound

“His music attracts and inspires a broad spectrum of listeners — from serious classical musicians to lovers of blues, folk and jazz”

Craig Hella Johnson, Artistic Director, Conspirare

Vespers: “like no other music”

Miami Herald

Vespers: “a major new work”

American Record Guide

Vespers: “almost preternaturally beautiful”

Philadelphia City Paper

Vespers: “one of the finest concerts I’ve heard in at least the last decade”

Chestnut Hill Local

Vespers: “spectacular”

Gramophone

Vespers: “ecstatically beautiful ... a sanctuary ... the Magnificat contains a minor miracle”

Philadelphia Inquirer

Vespers: “altogether gorgeous and haunting”

Buffalo News

Vespers: “a magnificent achievement ... fresh, vibrant ... bursts with the invention that characterizes the best music”

Fanfare

Vespers: “a crime to pass up ... easily one of the best releases of the year of any type ... profoundly direct emotional appeal”

Audiophile Audition

Vespers: “worldwide buzz ... exceptionally beautiful ... sneaks up on you, like a velvety cocktail, and then you are hooked”

Philadelphia City Paper Top Ten Classical

Deo Gratias: “almost giddy ... richly gratifying ... recalls Hugo Distler, but with a lighter heart and a natural exuberance”

Choral Journal

“His voice is unlike any other”

Craig Hella Johnson, Artistic Director, Conspirare

The Consolation of Apollo: “Top Ten… a highlight of the year”

TheaterJones, Dallas

The Consolation of Apollo: “will inspire your singers and audience to new heights”

David Montoya, California Choral Directors Association

“The piece I personally found most compelling was Kile Smith’s ‘Yes, it’s beautiful’ from The Consolation of Apollo ... stunning”

South Carolina Music Guide

Reflection, for organ: “Six minutes of pure musical bliss that brought tears to this reviewer’s eyes”

The Diapason

Alleluia: “going to be a staple of the choral repertoire”

Craig Hella Johnson, Artistic Director, Conspirare

A Child’s Afternoon: “spontaneous sounds of delight from the audience ... every time. We are lucky to have this piece.”

Anna Meyer, flutist

A Child’s Afternoon: “a slow burn ... the same delighted reaction ... every time I perform this piece. The anticipation ... is palpable”

Anna Meyer, flutist

American Spirituals: “among the very best examples of that type of composition that I’ve ever heard, bar none”

John McLaughlin Williams, conductor, violinist

Where Flames a Word: “an important world premiere … feels completely right in spellbinding ways I never imagined”

Philadelphia Inquirer

“The Waking Sun is a hit”

Philadelphia Inquirer

“Immediate appeal due to his melodic gift ... not forced or artificial”

Fanfare

Fanfare on Ein feste Burg: “Smith’s bristling variations ... exploded into life”

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Red-tail and Hummingbird: “excellent … distant kinship to Monteverdi’s Orfeo overture … more rapid and dense”

Philadelphia Inquirer

A Song of Sonia Sanchez: “the most dramatic piece of the evening … a deafening performance, physically and emotionally”

Temple University News

A Song of Sonia Sanchez: “one of the most powerful pieces of the evening”

Latinoamérica, Philadelphia

Two Laudate Psalms: “natural, un-ostentatious simplicity ... near-invisible touches ... The God-is-in-the-details adage holds true”

Philadelphia Inquirer

News

Featured Video

April Showers. Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson, artistic director: soprano Stefanie Moore, mezzo-soprano Laura Mercado-Wright, tenor Dann Coakwell, baritone Simon Barrad, Austin Haller, piano, Thomas Burritt, drums, and Utah Hamrick, bass. Premiered 11 June 2021. Video starts at 27:49.

About

photo credit: A. J. Waltz

The music of Grammy-nominated composer Kile Smith is hailed internationally by critics, performers, and audiences for its strong voice, sheer beauty, and “profoundly direct emotional appeal.” Gramophone called the “sparkling beauty” of Vespers “spectacular.” The Philadelphia Inquirer called it “ecstatically beautiful,” American Record Guide, “a major new work,” Audiophile Audition, “easily one of the best releases of the year of any type… a crime to pass up” … more here…

The English Symphony Orchestra releases The Bremen Town Musicians with Gemma Whelan, narrator. Ricardo Morales premieres There’s a Land Beyond the River, for clarinet and piano. The Arc in the Sky with The Crossing received a 2020 Grammy nomination for Best Choral Performance, and the Canticle / Alleluia CD by Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble helped win the 2020 Classical Producer of the Year Grammy for Blanton Alspaugh. Hal Leonard publishes The Star-Spangled Banner, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, and Alleluia. A Birch in Winter, which includes Kile’s Where Flames a Word, won the 2020 Estonian Recording of the Year for Voces Musicales. The Dawn’s Early Light, Ave Maris Stella, The Book of JobThe Arc in the Sky, Where Flames a Word, The Consolation of Apollo, Vespers, Conspirare, the L.A. Guitar Quartet, Piffaro, Variant 6, iSing Girlchoir, Choral Arts Society of Washington … more here…

TEN NEW CDs With The Arc in the Sky, The Crossing and Donald Nally were nominated for the 2020 Grammy Best Choral Performance. Canticle and Alleluia with the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati helped win the 2020 Classical Producer of the Year Grammy for Blanton Alspaugh. The Dawn’s Early Light was released 2020 by Conspirare with the L.A. Guitar Quartet and cellist Douglas Harvey. Where Flames a Word, In This Blue Room, Canticle, The Arc in the Skymore here…

RECENT PERFORMANCES 2021 saw The Bremen Town Musicians on the Philadelphia Orchestra Our City, Your Orchestra series and at Mt. Gretna with violinist Juliette Kang, cellist Priscilla Lee, and narrator Charlotte Blake Alston. The English Symphony Orchestra released a video of the orchestral version of Bremen in 2021 with Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones) as narrator. The Arc in the Sky moved from The Crossing’s Philadelphia premiere and CD to London with the Cantus Ensemble, New York with the Ghostlight Chorus, Cincinnati with the Vocal Arts Ensemble, and the Northwestern University Chorale. The Consolation of Apollo, Where Flames a Word, Spirituals for Piano Triomore here…

RECENT PUBLICATIONSOf the Father’s Love Begotten for choir, organ, and brass premiered at Westminster Choir College and is published by GIA. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day and Alleluia published by Hal Leonard. MusicSpoke … more here… 

SELECTED COMMISSIONSAmerican Guild of Organists, Philadelphia Chapter • 
Association of Anglican Musicians

 • Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church
 • 
Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Boston • Choral Arts Society, Philadelphia
 • Choral Arts Society, Washington, DC

 • Chor Leoni • Church of the Holy Trinity, Philadelphia
 • Community Music School, Trappe PA

 • Conspirare

 • The Crossing

 • Jane Flanders Estate

 • Gaudete Brass

 • Greenville University • Helena Symphony
 • 
iSing Girlchoir

 • Jupiter Symphony
 • 
Khorikos
 • Knox Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati

 • Latin Fiesta
 • 
Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra
 • Louisiana State University
 • 

Lyric Fest
 • 
Mélomanie
 • Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia

 • Network for New Music

 • Newburyport Chamber Music Festival

 • Orchestra 2001

 • Pennsylvania Girlchoir
 • Piffaro, The Renaissance Band

 • 
Presbyterian Church of Barrington, Ill.
 • Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill

, Philadelphia • Relâche
 • Santa Fe Desert Chorale
 • Singing City

 • St. Joseph’s University
 • Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra • Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra • University of New Mexico • Ursinus College • 
Vocal Arts Ensemble, Cincinnati • Westminster Choir College

Calendar

1 Jan. Fleisher Discoveries: The Ultramodern Protest of John J. Becker

9 Jan. Blue Lobster. Premiere, Cincinnati SongSlam. Ben Flanders, Nell Flanders

15 Jan. The Arc in the Sky, selections. Friday Choral Connection with Debra Lew Harder, 1:30

19 Jan. Spirituals for Piano Trio. St. Paul’s Episcopal Concert Series, Kansas City, MO

20 Jan. The Dawn’s Early Light. Classical Connections, WPRB Princeton, Marvin Rosen

25 Jan. Strathmore Children’s Chorus video conference, Michael Wu

Feb–Mar. Kile Smith Photography Exhibit, The Broad Street Grind, Souderton, Pa.

1 Feb. Fleisher Discoveries: Alfredo Casella, Seeing the New in the Old

3 Feb. The Bremen Town Musicians. Caroline Eva Chin, Bowling Green State University, 8

6 Feb. Chorale Fantasias from Vespers. Premiere, Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra, Allan R. Scott

6 Feb. Host, Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra livestream

12 Feb. Livestream discussion with Variant 6, Piffaro about Ave Maris Stella

13 Feb. A Child’s Afternoon. Classical New Releases, Mark Pinto, WRTI-FM, Philadelphia

22 Feb. The Bremen Town Musicians. Juliette Kang, vn, Priscilla Lee, vc, Charlotte Blake Alston, narr. Philadelphia Orchestra Our City, Your Orchestra video premiere

23 Feb. A Child’s Afternoon. Anna Meyer, fl, Erik Meyer, org, Abington Presbyterian Church livestream, noon

24 Feb. A Child’s Afternoon. Anna Meyer, fl, Erik Meyer, org, WQLN Erie, PA

Feb–Mar. Kile Smith Photography Exhibit, The Broad Street Grind, Souderton, Pa.

1 Mar. Fleisher Discoveries: Fleisher Brings Peru to Washington

14 Mar. Completed new version of “April Showers” (final song of April Showers), adding double bass and revising piano accordingly

15 Mar. Completed There’s a Land Beyond the River, solo violin

28 Mar. Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts. Kiley Hazelton, soprano, Mark Bilyeu, organ, Calvin Presbyterian Church, Long Lake, MN

1 Apr. Fleisher Discoveries: A Rough Beginning for The Tender Land of Copland

2 Apr. Completed There’s a Land Beyond the River, clarinet and piano

14 Apr. Everyone Sang, WPRB-FM, Classical Discoveries, Marvin Rosen

14 Apr. There’s a Land Beyond the River, Joseph Kauffman, violin, George Washington Memorial Park, Plymouth Meeting, PA

15 Apr. Online discussion with English Symphony Youth Orchestra illustrators about The Bremen Town Musicians video

16 Apr. The Bremen Town Musicians video released, English Symphony Orchestra, narrator Gemma Whelan, conductor Kenneth Woods

19 Apr. Intrada for six horns finished, for the Curtis Institute of Music horn studio

23 Apr. Online Q&A, Working with Conductors, University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley Choirs, with Sean Taylor, Craig Hella Johnson discussing Canticle, The Dawn’s Early Light, others

28 Apr. Online Q&A, Curtis Institute of Music horn studio, with Jeffrey Lang

1 May Fleisher Discoveries: Aurelio de la Vega: Out of Cuba

4 May. Everyone Sang. Video release. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Choirs, Robert Gehrenbeck

8 May. There’s a Land Beyond the River. Clarinet, piano premiere, Ricardo Morales encore, Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra

8 May. Host, Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra livestream

16 May. Sing, Choirs of New Jerusalem (hymn). Holy Trinity Lutheran, Abington PA

23 May. O Thou Who Camest from Above. St. Mary’s Episcopal, Richmond, Ryan Tibbetts

26 May. Online chat with Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare’s Hella Circle about April Showers

30 May. Completed There’s a Land Beyond the River, flute and organ

1 Jun. Fleisher Discoveries: Gottfried von Einem, Among the Nations

2 Jun. Octavo published: The Star-Spangled Banner. SATB, piano, opt. cello, 5’30”. Hal Leonard

6 Jun. Alleluia. St. Martin’s Lutheran, Austin TX

9 Jun. Interview with Barry Brake, Texas Public Radio, and baritone Simon Barrad about April Showers premiere. Includes excerpt from The Dawn’s Early Light, 1:00 Central

11 Jun. April Showers. Premiere. Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson, artistic director: soprano Stefanie Moore, mezzo-soprano Laura Mercado-Wright, tenor Dann Coakwell, baritone Simon Barrad, Austin Haller, piano, Thomas Burritt, drums, Utah Hamrick, bass

13 Jun. April Showers. Conspirare

1 Jul. Completed Where the Mind Is Without Fear (Tagore) for University of New Mexico

1 Jul. Fleisher Discoveries: Virgil Thomson’s Music of America, via Paris

3 Jul. The Bremen Town Musicians. Juliette Kang, vn, Priscilla Lee, vc, Charlotte Blake Alston, narr. Mount Gretna Playhouse, PA

23 Jul. Live interview with Gaylord Fischer, KKUP-FM San Jose, about The Dawn’s Early Light and The Singing Guitar CD

1 Aug. Fleisher Discoveries: Alexandra Pierce, Creator of a World

6 Aug. A Child’s Afternoon. Anna Meyer, fl, Erik Meyer, org, St. Boniface, Sarasota, FL

9 Aug. A Child’s Afternoon. Anna Meyer, fl, Erik Meyer, org, All Saints Episcopal, Winter Park, FL

2 Oct. “There are not many songs” from The Arc in the Sky. Piedmont Singers, VA, Helena von Rueden

3 Oct. “There are not many songs” from The Arc in the Sky. Piedmont Singers, VA, Helena von Rueden

8 Oct. Ave Maris Stella. Premiere. Piffaro, Variant 6. Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral

9 Oct. Ave Maris Stella. Premieres. Piffaro, Variant 6. Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia

10 Oct. Ave Maris Stella. Premieres. Piffaro, Variant 6. Immanuel Church Highlands, Wilmington, DE

14 Oct. A Child’s Afternoon. Anna Meyer, fl, Erik Meyer, org, First & Central Presbyterian, Wilmington, DE

17 Oct. “There are not many songs” from The Arc in the Sky. Piedmont Singers, VA, Helena von Rueden

14 Nov. Holy Mountain. Grace First Presbyterian Church, Long Beach, CA, Stan DeWitt

17 Nov. The Dawn’s Early Light. Fresno City College, Julie Reyes Dana

18 Dec. Rise up, Shepherd, and Follow and I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day. Wisconsin Chamber Choir, Robert Gehrenbeck, Luther Memorial Church, Madison, WI

20 Dec. Rise Up Shepherd, and Follow, with orchestra. Premiere. Choral Arts Society of Washington, Scott Tucker. Lincoln Center, Washington, DC

24 Dec. Rise Up Shepherd, and Follow, with orchestra. Choral Arts Society of Washington, Scott Tucker. Lincoln Center, Washington, DC

8 Jan 2022. The Bremen Town Musicians. Salt Lake Symphony, Robert Baldwin

23 Jan. The Bremen Town Musicians. Philadelphia Sinfonia, Gary White. Kile Smith narrating

24 Jan. The Bremen Town Musicians. Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra (TX), Marcelo Bussiki

23 Apr. New work for solo piano. Milena Urban, Community Music School 30th Anniversary, Trappe, PA

7 May. Jubilate Deo, for string orchestra. Temple University Prep Annual Concert, Aaron Picht, Temple Performing Arts Center

Oct. Concerts, master classes, Latvia

9–12 Nov. Recording The Book of Job. The Crossing

13 Nov. The Book of Job. The Crossing, Donald Nally. Concert premiere

Spring. The Book of Job. Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson. Staged premiere

April. New Work. Chor Leoni, Erick Lichte

Works

Adieu, Adieu

Adieu, Adieu

Agnus Dei

Agnus Dei

Air and Jig

Air and Jig

Alabanza

Alabanza

Alleluia

Alleluia

American Spirituals, Book One

American Spirituals, Book One

American Spirituals, Book Two

American Spirituals, Book Two

And Good in Every Thing

And Good in Every Thing

And Seeing the Multitudes

And Seeing the Multitudes

Annunciation and Magnificat

Annunciation and Magnificat

Anthems

Anthems

April Showers

April Showers

The Arc in the Sky

The Arc in the Sky

Ave Maris Stella

Ave Maris Stella

Ballad and March for Organ

Ballad and March for Organ

Behold the Best, the Greatest Gift

Behold the Best, the Greatest Gift

Blue Lobster

Blue Lobster

The Bremen Town Musicians

The Bremen Town Musicians

The Bremen Town Musicians, for Orchestra

The Bremen Town Musicians, for Orchestra

Canticle

Canticle

The Chambered Nautilus

The Chambered Nautilus

A Child’s Afternoon

A Child’s Afternoon

Chorale Fantasias from Vespers

Chorale Fantasias from Vespers

Come, Ye Sinners

Come, Ye Sinners

The Consolation of Apollo

The Consolation of Apollo

The Dawn’s Early Light

The Dawn’s Early Light

Everyone Sang

Everyone Sang

Exsultet

Exsultet

Fanfare on Ein feste Burg

Fanfare on Ein feste Burg

For His Mercy Endures Forever

For His Mercy Endures Forever

Four French Carols

Four French Carols

Give Ear, O Heavens

Give Ear, O Heavens

Go Forth into the World in Peace

Go Forth into the World in Peace

God So Loved the World

God So Loved the World

Gold and Silver

Gold and Silver

Grandmother’s Garden

Grandmother’s Garden

The Heavens Declare

The Heavens Declare

Holy Is the Lord

Holy Is the Lord

Holy Mountain

Holy Mountain

How Do I Love Thee?

How Do I Love Thee?

Hymns

Hymns

I Could See the Sky

I Could See the Sky

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

In This Blue Room

In This Blue Room

Jubilate Deo

Jubilate Deo

Jubilate Deo, for string orchestra

Jubilate Deo, for string orchestra

Kyrie and Gloria Patri

Kyrie and Gloria Patri

Mark the Music

Mark the Music

Mass for Christmas

Mass for Christmas

Mass for Philadelphia

Mass for Philadelphia

May Day

May Day

Mazurka for guitar

Mazurka for guitar

My Shepherd Will Supply My Need

My Shepherd Will Supply My Need

my son my son

my son my son

The Nobility of Women

The Nobility of Women

Now Ys the Tyme of Crystymas

Now Ys the Tyme of Crystymas

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Of the Father’s Love Begotten

Of the Father’s Love Begotten

O Rex Gentium

O Rex Gentium

O Sing unto the Lord a New Song

O Sing unto the Lord a New Song

O Thou Who Camest from Above

O Thou Who Camest from Above

Out of the Depths

Out of the Depths

Plain Truths

Plain Truths

Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins

Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins

Poems of Stephen Berg

Poems of Stephen Berg

Red-tail and Hummingbird

Red-tail and Hummingbird

Reflection

Reflection

Rejoice in the Lamb

Rejoice in the Lamb

Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow

Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow

Sing, Choirs of New Jerusalem

Sing, Choirs of New Jerusalem

A Song of Sonia Sanchez

A Song of Sonia Sanchez

Spirituals for Piano Trio

Spirituals for Piano Trio

The Star-Spangled Banner

The Star-Spangled Banner

Stationen auf dem Wege zur Freiheit

Stationen auf dem Wege zur Freiheit

Susquehanna

Susquehanna

Symphony: Lumen ad revelationem

Symphony: Lumen ad revelationem

The Red Book of Montserrat

The Red Book of Montserrat

There Is No Great and No Small

There Is No Great and No Small

There’s a Land Beyond the River, clarinet and piano

There’s a Land Beyond the River, clarinet and piano

There’s a Land Beyond the River, solo violin

There’s a Land Beyond the River, solo violin

Three Dances

Three Dances

Three Dances, for string orchestra

Three Dances, for string orchestra

The Three Graces

The Three Graces

Thrice blest

Thrice blest

Totentanz

Totentanz

Trinklieder für Männerchor

Trinklieder für Männerchor

Two Laudate Psalms

Two Laudate Psalms

Two Meditations on Freu dich sehr

Two Meditations on Freu dich sehr

Variations on a Theme of Schubert

Variations on a Theme of Schubert

Vespers

Vespers

Vespers for a Bach Orchestra

Vespers for a Bach Orchestra

The Voice of One Who Spoke

The Voice of One Who Spoke

The Waking Sun

The Waking Sun

Where Flames a Word

Where Flames a Word

The Word of God

The Word of God

You Are Most Welcome

You Are Most Welcome

The latest from Kile’s blog

Fleisher Discoveries: Roger Goeb, Only in America

Iowa, Paris, Russian and Ukrainian and German Americans, New York City, a Swiss watch company, a radio station, a library, salvaged reel-to-reel tapes, and a dandy piece for cello and strings: Only in America. [button link="https://soundcloud.com/user-578062250"...

Ave Maris Stella

"Held the audience spellbound," "leaping to their feet in a standing ovation," "raucous," "beautifully crafted, "especially moving and inventive," "a worthy addition to that sacred canon" — Gail Obenreder, Broad Street Review Ave Maris Stella. Commissioned by Piffaro,...

Fleisher Discoveries: Walter Piston

Walter Piston (1894–1976). Prelude and Allegro for Organ and Strings (1943) Piston. Symphony No. 8 (1965) Listen on Soundcloud and Spotify! Hi everybody, I’m Kile Smith, and this is Fleisher Discoveries. Fleisher Discoveries is a podcast from the Edwin A. Fleisher...

Fleisher Discoveries: Alexandra Pierce, Creator of a World

Alexandra Pierce (1934–2021). Behemoth (1976) Listen on Soundcloud and Spotify! Hi everybody, I’m Kile Smith, and this is Fleisher Discoveries. Fleisher Discoveries is a podcast from the Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music and the Free Library of...

Fleisher Discoveries: Virgil Thomson’s Music of America, via Paris

Virgil Thomson (1896–1989). Symphony on a Hymn Tune (1926–28) Listen on Soundcloud and Spotify! Hello and welcome to the Fleisher Discoveries podcast! I’m Kile Smith. Fleisher Discoveries is a podcast from the Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music and the...

The Bremen Town Musicians out on CD today

The English Symphony Orchestra releases Fiddles, Forests and Fowl Fables today, including my 14-minute work for narrator and chamber orchestra, The Bremen Town Musicians, narrated by Gemma Whelan, the British actress and comedian known for her work in Game of Thrones....

The Star-Spangled Banner

The Star-Spangled Banner (2021). SATB, piano, opt. cello, 5'30". Movement 5 from The Dawn's Early Light. SATB, Cello, Four Guitars, 20′. Commissioned for Conspirare and Craig Hella Johnson, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Premiered November 2nd...

Fleisher Discoveries: Gottfried von Einem, Among the Nations

Gottfried von Einem (1918–1996). Symphonic Scenes (1956) Listen on Soundcloud and Spotify! Hello and welcome to Fleisher Discoveries! I’m Kile Smith. Fleisher Discoveries is a podcast from the Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music and the Free Library of...

Talking April Showers with Conspirare

Online chat with Conspirare friends was so much fun last night, talking about our June 11 & 13 concerts including the premiere of April Showers, new settings of '20s pop lyrics (That Old Gang of Mine, All Alone, The Prisoner's Song, Tea for Two, April Showers ......

There’s a Land Beyond the River, solo violin

There's a Land Beyond the River, solo violin, 3'. In memory of Sidney Grolnic. Premiered 14 April 2021, Joseph Kauffman, violin, George Washington Memorial Park, Plymouth Meeting, PA. For the story behind this work, please see There's a Land Beyond the River, clarinet...