November 30, 2009
Composer Louis Karchin (Romulus) and former AOP Apprentice Scott Voyles will team up to conduct the first concert of The Washington Square Contemporary Music Society’s 33rd season at Merkin Concert Hall – “From Manhattan’s Canyons to the Stars”. The evening of music (including two world premieres and two NYC premieres) will feature works from contemporary composers Sheree Clement, Brian Fennelly, Arthur Kampela, Morris Rosenzweig, Brian Schober, and Composers & the Voice alum Caroline Mallonee.
Program info: http://www.nyu.edu/gsas/dept/music/ws_cms/concerts2.html
November 6, 2009
Paul’s Case composer and C&V alum Gregory Spears has been awarded funds by the Jerome Composers Commissioning Program to write a piece for The JACK Quartet in New York City. According to the American Composers Forum website, “This program, funded by the Jerome Foundation, supports the creation of new musical works by emerging composers, composer/performers, improvisers and sound artists. JCCP supports the creator’s commissioning fee.”
View a full list of 2009 JCCP winners
November 3, 2009
Romulus world premiere in 2007
Composer Louis Karchin has announced that a recording of his opera Romulus will be released sometime next year by Naxos. AOP premiered Romulus at the Peter B. Lewis Theater at the Guggenheim in 2007. Romulus is a one-act opera based on an English Translation by Barnett Shaw of a play by Alexandre Dumas, pèr. In the work, two confirmed bachelors, Celestus and Frantz, have a very comfortable living in their small cottage home in 19th Century Austria. Genially cared for by Celestus’ sister Martha and able to dedicate themselves entirely to their studies of astronomy and philosophy, their lives are simple and perfect –until a baby arrives in a basket.