Earthrise by Jake Heggie. Commissioned by the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, Aloysia Friedmann, Artistic Director. The work honors Bill Anders, Apollo 8 astronaut, photographer of the iconic photo, OICMF patron, and saw fan. Premiered August, 2017. Performed by Anita Orne (saw) and the Miro Quartet (Daniel Ching – violin, William Fedkenheuer – violin, John [more]
The “here/after” music trailers spotlight performances from the recording of the double-cd at The Scoring Stage at Skywalker Sound in September and October of 2012. This piece spotlights Joyce DiDonato’s performance of the song “The Gossips” from the composition entitled “Camille Claudel: Into the Fire”. These trailers were produced, directed and edited by Tom Schween [more]
Joyce DiDonato and the Brentano Quartet performed selections from their album, Into the Fire, at The Greene Space at WQXR. November 17, 2018. Joyce DiDonato appears courtesy of Warner Classics. Camille Claudel: Into The Fire 1. Rodin 2. La Valse 3. Shakuntala 4. La petite châtelaine 5. The Gossips 6. L’age mûr 7. Epilogue: Jessie [more]
Full Circle 50 is a trio in four movements for flute, cello and piano commissioned to celebrate flutist Carol Wincenc’s Golden Anniversary year of performing. Generously underwritten by Elizabeth King, the work received its premiere on Nov 12, 2019 at the Morgan Library in New York City with flutist Carol Wincenc, cellist Brook Speltz and [more]
Meditation: The Slow Seconds (2018); set for two violins and piano. A three-minute work inspired by the poetry of Laura Morefield and the astonishing stained glass window at Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco. Composed in celebration of Noe Valley Chamber Music’s 25th Anniversary Season and in honor of Karen Heather, founder and artistic director. [more]
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Inspired by the iconic photograph taken by astronaut William (“Bill”) Anders during the Apollo 8 mission on Christmas Eve 1968. Commissioned in his honor by the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival and generously underwritten by the Valerie & William Anders Foundation. Composed for Anita Orne and the Miró Quartet. (Duration approx. 7 minutes) First performance: [more]
Pianist Anthony De Mare commissioned 36 composers, including Jake Heggie, to re-imagine beloved Sondheim tunes for the piano. Jake’s contribution is a virtuosic, Lisztian take on “A Weekend in the Country” (from A Little Night Music) titled “I’m Excited. No, You’re Not.” The collection features arrangements by a wide range of composers that includes William [more]
For mezzo-soprano, cello and piano; also for mezzo-soprano, cello and orchestra (duration approximately 18 minutes). Three symphonic songs based on poetry by the late Laura Morefield (1961-2011), commissioned for mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton and cellist Anne Martindale Williams by Carnegie Hall and the Pittsburgh Symphony. First performance: Feb 17, 2015 by Jamie Barton, Anne Martindale Williams [more]
One Act Opera for Chamber Choir, Silent Actress and Instruments (flute, clarinet, alto sax, percussion, piano, violin, cello, bass). Commissioned by Pacific Chorale, VocalEssence, Conspirare, Philadelphia Singers. First Performance: John Alexander Singers with actress Eve Himmelheber; John Alexander, conductor; James Taulli, director; May 18, 2014 at Segerstrom Hall, Costa Mesa, CA.
Libretto by Gene Scheer. For baritone, men’s chorus, actor, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion. Originally commissioned by Music of Remembrance, this second incarnation was commissioned by the Seattle Men’s Chorus and The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus. First performance: April 2, 2011 at McCaw Hall, Seattle, with baritone Morgan Smith, actor David Pichette, Seattle [more]
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