Monthly Archives: February 2012

Come, Gather All: The American Organist

My most recent anthem, Come, Gather All, is mentioned in the March 2012 issue of The American Organist, the publication of the American Guild of Organists. (Page 31… my picture… Jackie thinks I’m squinting…)

I just received the recording of the Mass for which it was commissioned: It was the 100th Anniversary of St. Eleanor Church, Collegeville, Pa., and the celebrant was the new Philadelphia Archbishop, Charles J. Chaput.

My thanks to Paul Berchtold, who wrote the text, to Music Director Dan Weckerly, to Mark and Donna Pinto, and to everyone in the choir who put this together. Moderately easy, SATB, organ, opt. brass quartet. More information here.

 

Now is the Time, Feb 26 2012

Coming up Sunday, 10–11 pm

Suites

Tomas Svoboda. Suite for Piano 4-Hand

David Lefkowitz. Sonare Nova, from Suite for Piano

Harry Bulow. Suite for Piano

Mark Hagerty. Clavier Book 2

Now is the Time, American contemporary music, Sundays at 10 pm. On WRTI-HD2 and on the classical stream at wrti.org, it’s all styles of concert music by living American composers. Here are the recording details and complete schedule, and because you really wanted to know, here’s the theme music and how it was written. Tell me what you think (if I can’t take it, I promise to write back), and ask me where to send CDs for broadcast consideration.

Now is the Time, Feb 19 2012

Coming up Sunday, 10–11 pm:

Lightscape

Trent Hanna. A Piece of Snow

Binnette Lipper. Circles of Light

David Gunn. Incandescence

Daniel S. Godfrey. Lightscape

Larry Kucharz. Pastel 7712

Jennifer Higdon. blue cathedral

Now is the Time, American contemporary music, Sundays at 10 pm. On WRTI-HD2 and on the classical stream at wrti.org, it’s all styles of concert music by living American composers. Here are the recording details and complete schedule, and because you really wanted to know, here’s the theme music and how it was written. Tell me what you think (if I can’t take it, I promise to write back), and ask me where to send CDs for broadcast consideration.

Now is the Time, Feb 12 2012

Coming up Sunday, 10–11 pm:

A Thought Revolved

Mark Hagerty. Clavier Book 1

James Hartway. Two Nights in Spain

Denman Maroney. A Thought Revolved

Now is the Time, American contemporary music, Sundays at 10 pm. On WRTI-HD2 and on the classical stream at wrti.org, it’s all styles of concert music by living American composers. Here are the recording details and complete schedule, and because you really wanted to know, here’s the theme music and how it was written. Tell me what you think (if I can’t take it, I promise to write back), and ask me where to send CDs for broadcast consideration.

Plain Truths piano reduction

I finished making the piano reduction of my song cycle Plain Truths a few days ago, finally being able to get to it after some other deadlines. It premiered in August at the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, with bass/baritone Jeremy Galyon and the Festival String Quartet (Adela Peña, David Ehrlich, David Yang, Caroline Stinson). More information about the piece, its texts and authors—all connected to Newburyport—is here.

What a lovely experience it was. Jeremy’s voice is wonderful, all the players were outstanding, and there’s a fine, huge, bird sanctuary on the edge of Newburyport (i.e., the sanctuary is huge, not the birds). The community was very warm to us, and David Yang should be proud of the ten years the Festival’s been succeeding there.

More performances, with piano, are being discussed.

Now is the Time, Feb 5 2012

Coming up Sunday, 10–11 pm:

Berceuse fantasque

Rick Sowash. Lullabye for Kara

Steven R. Gerber. Violin Concerto

Carl Berky. The Synthelating Mariachi String Band

James Primosch. Secret Geometry

Philip Lasser. Berceuse fantasque

Now is the Time, American contemporary music, Sundays at 10 pm. On WRTI-HD2 and on the classical stream at wrti.org, it’s all styles of concert music by living American composers. Here are the recording details and complete schedule, and because you really wanted to know, here’s the theme music and how it was written. Tell me what you think (if I can’t take it, I promise to write back), and ask me where to send CDs for broadcast consideration.