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Sydney HodkinsonThe Eastman School of Music will host a two-day celebration on November 3rd and 5th in honor of alumnus, Sydney Hodkinson’s 80th birthday. Among the works to be performed will be Stolen Goods for solo piano, Some Assembly Required for chamber septet, and the premiere of Symphony No. 10 for wind ensemble. Hodkinson is Professor Emeritus of conducting and ensembles at Eastman, where he taught from 1973 until 1999. He is currently Almand Chair of Composition at Stetson University in Deland, Florida.

Also in November, the composer’s Duae Cantatae Breves will be commercially recorded for the Naxos label by the Illinois State University Wind Symphony, conducted by Martin Seggelke.

Looking ahead, Hodkinson was recently commissioned by the Jupiter Quartet to compose his seventh string quartet, which will be premiered at the 2015 Aspen Music Festival.

Orpheus Chamber OrchestraOrpheus Chamber Orchestra opens its New York season with a performance of Ellen Zwilich‘s Prologue and Variations at Carnegie Hall on the 23rd. They also perform it in Carmel (IN) and Goshen (IN) on the 18th and 19th.

Ellen ZwilichThe International Violin Competition of Indianapolis has now posted archived performances of the semi-final round, for which the commissioned set piece was Zwilich’s Fantasy for Solo Violin, played by the 16 competitors in that round. The work is now available for sale through Theodore Presser Company (114-40588, $9.99).

James MathesonThis month sees the publication (late October) of a new work for piano by James Matheson: Cretic Variations (based on the metrical foot) was premiered last year by Nadia Shpachenko-Gottesman at Cal Poly Pomona University in California. Ms. Shpachenko-Gottesman performed the work in September in several places from California to the Carolinas, and continues from now until next spring with performances all over the country. This month’s concerts take place in California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Washington D.C.
Martin BresnickPaul Dresher Double Duo tours with Martin Bresnick's Fantasia on a Theme by Willie Dixon this month, with performances in Detroit (MI), Bowling Green (OH), Portland (ME) and Brooklyn (NY), and also in November in Wellesley (MA). Also in October, the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra performs Der Signal on the 11th in Connecticut, and Lisa Moore performs Ishi’s Song (for piano) in Toledo (OH) on the 12th. Paul LanskyMusic of Paul Lansky will be heard at the Tate Britain Gallery in London at the October 3rd Late at Tate event, where the music will complement viewing a selection of artworks. The connection with art galleries continues on the 19th at MoMA in New York, when Lansky’s music is part of New Amsterdam presents Sound/Source, examining the relationship between humans and machine sounds.
Shulamit RanTwo string quartets by Shulamit Ran are being performed this month as part of ongoing tours by the Pacifica Quartet and the Juilliard Quartet. The Pacifica Quartet performs Glitter, Doom, Shards, Memory (String Quartet No. 3) in Chicago (IL) and Mobile (AL), while the Juilliard Quartet performs String Quartet No. 2 “Vistas” at Oakland University in Rochester (MI). Samuel JonesSamuel Jones is in residence at Delta College, near Saginaw, Michigan, in late October.
Narong PrangcharoenCongratulations to Narong Prangcharoen, who is named as UMKC’s Conservatory of Music and Dance Class of 2015 Alumni Award recipient. Narong graduated from UMKC in 2010 with a DMA in composition, and currently teaches at the Conservatory’s Academy, as well as holding residency positions with the Pacific Symphony and the Thailand Philharmonic.
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All-Star Orchestra Recording Highlights (August 2014) featuring a new violin concerto by Samuel Jones

Ruth Crawford: Preludes for solo piano, performed by Margaret Mills

Excerpts from the 2011 Vincent Persichetti Festival in Torricella Peligna, Italy


recently added to the rental library

Warren Benson
Symphony for Drums and
   Wind Orchestra
[E.B. Marks]

Dur: 21'

Picc. 2Fl. 2Ob. E.H. EbCl. 6BbCl. B.Cl. 2Bsn. Cbsn. -
6Hn. 6Tpt.(in C) 4Tbn. 2B.Tbn. Tu.;
Timp. 5Perc. 2Hp. Pno. Cb.

Premiere: July 4th, 1964. American Wind Symphony, Robert Boudreau, conductor; Pittsburgh, PA.

Commissioned by William MacLean for the American Wind Symphony, Robert Boudreau conductor.

october birthdays
Edward ThomasHappy Birthday to Edward Thomas, who celebrates 90 years on October 2nd

Works include Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra; Desire under the Elms(opera); Fantasy for Two Clarinets (with chamber orchestra); Images for Oboe and Strings; Impressions for Orchestra; Poe's Moon (for orchestra); Suite for Orchestra; Whimsey (chamber orchestra and band versions).

Looking ahead at October birthdays:
2015 Thomas Pasatieri 70
2016 James Primosch 60
  Marga Richter 90
2 Edward Thomas (1924)
3 John Melby (1941)
4 Larry Alan Smith (1955)
5 John Downey (1927-2004)
11 Diane Wittry (1964)
13 Hugo Weisgall (1912-1997)
14 Anthony Iannaccone (1943)
18 Gary Schocker (1959)
19 Chester Biscardi (1948)
20 Charles Ives (1874-1954)
20 Thomas Pasatieri (1945)
21 Marga Richter (1926)
24 George Tsontakis (1951)
26 Netty Simons (1913-1994)
28 Howard Hanson (1896-1981)
28 Ronald Lo Presti (1933-1985)
29 James Primosch (1956)
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additions to our online perusal library
Chen Yi: Happy Rain on a Spring Night
Francois Couperin (orch. by Darius Milhaud): Overture and Allegro from "La Sultane Suite"
Jon Deak: Jack and the Beanstock
Jon Deak: The Broccoli Beast of Bedford Avenue
Eric Ewazen: Concerto for Horn and String Orchestra
Iain Hamilton: Symphony No. 4 in B
Howard Hanson: Concerto for Organ, Strings and Harp
Henri Lazarof: Divertimento II
Henri Lazarof: Prayers
Henri Lazarof: Preludes and Interludes to a Drama
Henri Lazarof: Sinfonietta
Henri Lazarof: Third Concerto for Violin and Orchestra ("The Edinger")
Henri Lazarof: Three Pieces for Orchestra
Jerzy Sapieyevski: Æsop Suite
Jerzy Sapieyevski: Mazurka
David Ward-Steinman: Taj Mahal
Dan Welcher: Museon Polemos ("War of the Muses")
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recently released cds
Times Like These James Primosch
Times Like These

Times Like These
Lisa Oberlander, clarinet
Yien Wang, piano

The Year Before Yesterday William Kraft
The Year Before Yesterday
SONO Luminus DSL-92180 (distr. Naxos)

Los Angeles Percussion Quartet

Lucifer Guillaume Connesson
Deutsche Grammophon 4811166

Concerto for cello and orchestra [Billaudot]
Lucifer ballet in two acts after a story by the composer [Billaudot]
Jérôme Pernoo, cello
Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, conductor

Fabrice Gregorutti Fabrice Gregorutti
Fabrice Gregorutti

Luceat (Concerto pour violoncello) [Billaudot]
À l’aube d’un jour plus pur (quatuor no. 1) [Billaudot]
Et Exspecto (Symphonie no. 1) [Billaudot]
Romain Garioud, cello; Orchestre National d'Ukraine, Fabrice Gregorutti conductor

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