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MELINDA WAGNER
Proceed, Moon
(2017)

Fantasy for Orchestra
Duration: 18′
Orchestration: 3(3rd dbl. Picc.) 3(3rd dbl. E.H.) 3(B.Cl) 3(C.Bsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 4Perc. Hp. Pno. Cel. Str.
Commission: Commissioned by Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association; Ricardo Mutti, Zell Music Director
Premiere: June 15, 16, and 17, 2017. Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Susanna Mälkki, conductor; Chicago Symphony Center, Chicago, IL.
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ELLEN TAAFFE ZWILICH
Ballet 2017
(2016)

Duration:
Orchestration: 2 2 3(B.Cl) 2 – 4 2 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
Commission: Commissioned by the Tallahassee Youth Orchestras, Inc.
Premiere: May 7, 2017. TYO Symphony with the Tallahassee Ballet Scool, Alexander Jiménez, conductor; Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, Tallahassee, Fl.
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Stacy Garrop: And All Time

…highly inspired. This is confident, big-boned music, scored with flair and wholly delightful.

–Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review

P.D.Q. Bach: Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra (S. 99%)

…what makes Schickele such a gem is his seamless blending of the serious and the spoof. He doesn’t sacrifice sophistication for satire. Schickele laughs at what he loves. He throws shade at Mozart and Haydn and breaks an homage to Mozart into a boogie-woogie.

–John Lamb, Inforum

Eric Ewazen: Concertino for Organ and Orchestra

…proved the perfect opener [and] was instantly likeable. It’s bright, fanfare-like opening was akin to the curtain opening going up on a cinematic, wide-screen spectacle. Indeed, there were elements of a Hollywood western epic in its expansive feel and sweep of energy. A calmer mood prevailed in the second movement, yet even here the momentum never let up, with a return of the victorious fanfare theme at the end. The Good Guys won again.

–Steve Siegel, The Morning Call