I attended the 2014 Conductors’ Guild Conference in Washington, DC – www.conductorsguild.org , as an exhibitor. A regular part of this conference is the New Music Project Sessions where publishers and conductors get 9′ each to feature a work or works that they love and want to share with their colleagues. These works must be no more than 15 years old and can be of any instrumentation from orchestra to band to choral or vocal. The coordination of this New Music Project has been enthusiastically, and very well run by conductor David Bowden, Music Director of the Carmel Symphony of Carmel, IN as well as Music Director of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, for the last 17 years. This is his last doing this Project.
In my segment I presented three works: Jacob Plachta’s Celebration, for brass band ; Christopher Nickel’s Christmas Dreams, for orchestra; and Malcolm Forsyth’s Hesperides, for mixed chorus and 2 harps. They were all well received and I had inquiries about all these pieces from interested conductors. You can hear these works and see perusal scores at: www.cpmusiclibrary.ca/conductors-guild-new-music-project These pieces are well worth hearing and performing.
#MalcolmForsyth‘s Double Concerto for Cello and Viola, was performed by cellist @Amanda.Forsyth and violist #JethroMarks with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, conducted by #PinchasZukerman, March 6 & 7/14.
This performance was wonderful. The rapport between the soloists was excellent. There are two cadenzi and the glorious interplay between Amanda and Jethro was exquisite. The middle movement, the Adagio Cantabile was delightful. Very enjoyable. Continue reading →
We are pleased to offer our congratulations to Bramwell Tovey, composer as well as Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, who has been name an honorary member of the Order of Canada.
Counterpoint represents the catalogue of Bramwell Tovey. You can learn more about him and his works through this link:
Counterpoint was represented at the annual Conductors’ Guild Conference June 15-18/13, this year held in beautiful St. Louis, Missouri, at the historic and beautifully restored Union Station – the former train station and gateway to the West. This conference attracts many conductors in different stages of their careers, from student conductors, to those with many years experience. Highlights of the conference, included sessions by Amy Kaiser, the Director of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, speaking about preparing the chorus; David Robertson, Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Donald Hunsberger, former conductor of the famous Eastman Wind Ensemble, at the Eastman School of Music, and Jamie Bernstein, who is continuing her father Leonard’s music education efforts. She is a filmmaker and education, who gave a presentation with a film excerpt about El Sistema, an ongoing project in West Philadelphia. It showed the encouraging and wonderful things happening with children at risk, who are refocusing on music and enthusiastically learning.
The special feature on the last day was a Retrospective on the conductor Walter Susskind, along with a panel discussion after the presentation, which included his son, Peter Susskind, and members of the St. Louis Symphony, who were conducted by him during his tenture in St. Louis.
As part of this conference there are three sessions focusing on new and recent compositions. I presented a segment in the Publishers’ New Music Project session, on Malcolm Forsyth’s violin concerto Trickster Coyote — Lightening Elk, premiered in 2008 by Tara-Louise Montour and the Edmonton Youth Orchestra. You can view the one-page handout with all the details,
Trickster Coyote Details
I am pleased to announced that the excellent violinist Stephen Sitarski is looking for engagements to perform this work. You can learn more about him through his website www.stephensitarski.com
Click this link for our Latest Highlights which has an article about the Conference and this work, as well as an article on Malcolm Forsyth’s Atayoskewin which is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2014.
Please contact me, Jean-Marie Barker, to learn more.
Antonio Peruch’s recording of Forsyth – Accordion Concerto nominated for 2013 Western Canadian Music Award for Classical Recording of the Year
From the press release of Antonio Peruch
Classical concert accordionist Antonio Peruch’s JUNO-nominated Logos Futura CD has just been nominated for a 2013 Western Canadian Music Award for Classical Recording of the Year. And one of the compositions on this CD—Malcolm Forsyth’s virtuosic Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra—has been nominated for Classical Composition of the Year.
The Logos Futura CD has also been nominated for Italy’s Orpheus Award for best classical accordion recording.
Here are the links:
· JUNO Award Winners and Nominees 2013: http://junoawards.ca/nominees-winners/
· Orpheus Award 2013 nominees: https://www.facebook.com/accordionartfestival: see the June 19 facebook entry and click on See more.
Logos Futura includes three landmark world premiere recordings for classical concert accordion and orchestra. These works were composed expressly for Antonio by Malcolm Forsyth, Violet Balestreri Archer, and Allan Gilliland. Antonio recorded the Forsyth concerto with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and then Music Director Grzegorz Nowak, and recorded the Archer and Gilliland works with Cuba’s prestigious Camerata Romeu string orchestra under the direction of their founder and Music Director Zenaida Romeu.
I invite you to purchase this outstanding CD from The Gramophone Inc. at 1-800-231-7594 (toll-free in North America), 780-428-2356, or in person at 7913 104 Street in Edmonton. Ordering information and hours of operation are available on The Gramophone’s website here: www.gramophone.ca
Glenn Buhr loves music so much he questions the unquestionable and reveres the irreverent, and we and music are better for it.
– Tom Allen, trombonist/author/CBC hostThe essays explore the idea that music is social, and that it emerges organically in every society through social rituals, such as concerts, festivals, church, and simple singing. Music is a language, and like verbal language, it’s an essential quality of every culture.The essays look at many of the world’s various musics – European classical music, American jazz, pop music, Jamaican reggae, East Indian classical music, contemporary music and sound art – from this perspective. The book looks at countries with successful musical legacies and compares them to countries, like Canada, who are only just emerging with a musical voice of their own.Some of the writing is analytical. And some is anecdotal, drawing on the author’s experiences as a composer and conductor of symphonies and ballets, and his various tours of jazz and folk festivals as an improvisational pianist, guitarist and songwriter. Some essays are more philosophical, exploring the impact of music on our lives and the reason that music is elemental to every culture.Available for sale in soft cover http://cpmusiclibrary.ca/store/products/our-native-song-book-hard-back/or E-Book formats (please advise which you require) http://cpmusiclibrary.ca/store/products/our-native-song-book-ebook/
The annual Opera America conference is to be held in Vancouver this year, and their session on May 10/13 (7:30 – 10 p.m, Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton St.) will feature among others, Victor Davies’ opera Transit of Venus, ( text by Maureen Hunter), at their session called “A Decade of New Canadian Opera and OPERA America’s New Works Sampler”
Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble AccompanimentAntonio Peruch/Edmonton Symphony Orchestra FisarmonicArt*IndependentLogos Futura
Knighted by the Republic of Italy for his contribution to music, Antonio Peruch pursues his vision of the accordion as an exciting classical concert instrument. His Logos Futura accordion, built to his specifications in Italy, helps him achieve this vision. His debut Logos Futura CD features the World Premiere recordings of three landmark concerti he commissioned—Malcolm Forsyth’s Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra (Peruch’s live 2001 world premiere performance with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Grzegorz Nowak); Violet Archer’s Pensieroso; and Allan Gilliland’s Concerto for Accordion and String Orchestra. He recorded the Archer and Gilliland works with Cuba’s prestigious Camerata Romeu chamber orchestra, conducted by Music Director Zenaida Romeu, and gave the Gilliland world premiere performance with them in Havana. He has performed with several chamber ensembles and as concerto soloist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, the Sooke Philharmonic Chamber Players, and the San Diego Jewish Community Center Orchestra. Peruch’s upcoming CD releases include Loving: The Music of Astor Piazzolla and Homenaje al Tango, the only monographic CD of Daniel Binelli’s music—both recorded with New York-based Uruguayan pianist and tango specialist Polly Ferman and Cuba’s Camerata Romeu.
The well-respected German publishing house Barenreiter has created a YouTube video, narrated by Christopher Hogwood, explaining and showing how Urtext editions are created as well as a some of the history of this publisher. See it at: