Carl Ruggles: Evocations

Blistering with intensity, the twelve-minute piece makes use of Ruggles’ personal brand of atonality through dissonant counterpoint.

The work makes for intriguing listening, with slithery phrases coming together into satisfying climaxes. Wind lines wither like dying flowers and coil into stabbing chords. Throughout Ruggles paints a dense canvas of sound, with instrumental colors blurring together in unusual mixtures. The orchestra gave the work a performance of surging vitality to make a strong case for a composer whose music deserves to be heard more often.

–Aaron Keebaugh, Boston Classical Review

Peter Scott Lewis: Three Songs from Ish River

…the tiny, sparkling gem here is “Three Songs From Ish River,” a gorgeous and maddeningly brief triptych… It’s painful to arrive so quickly at the end.

–Joshua Kosman, SFGate

Steven Stucky: Chamber Concerto

…the radiant orchestral sound and color most impressed in this formally adventurous concerto.

–Mark DeVoto, Boston Music Intelligencer

Stacy Garrop: Legends of Olympus

One can imagine any number of brass ensembles wanting to add this finely crafted piece to their repertory.

–John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

David Leisner: Labyrinths

The five movements, “Shimmer,” “Shadow,” “Shiver,” “Shatter,” and “Shelter” translated these natural effects into musical patterns that slowly evolved and created musical gestures alternately mysterious, playful, and surprising, but always delightful.

–Scott Cmiel, San Francisco Classical Voice