The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination will be commemorated on March 4th. In conjunction with Black History Month (February) and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (the third Monday in January), music institutions across the country are seeking to honor the forward-looking dreams of Dr. King in their early 2018 programs. One such programmatic choice is UNDINE SMITH MOORE‘s 16-section choral cantata on the life of Dr. King, Scenes from the Life of a Martyr (1981), which is receiving a well-deserved new life in the repertoire of American choruses and orchestras.
Grammy-winning pianist Gloria Cheng recently presented a series of recitals in memory of STEVEN STUCKY. The life of the “beloved composer and mentor whose brilliant, sensual music and strong advocacy for fellow composers both played a powerful role in American musical life” was celebrated at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York City on November 11th and the Cooperage Project in Honesdale, PA on November 12th. The program, presented by Weekend of Chamber Music, boasted 32 short premieres in memory of Steven Stucky by friends and former students. Among the 32 musical remembrances were works by fellow Theodore Presser Company and Carl Fischer Music composers, including CHEN YI, DANIEL S. GODFREY, WILLIAM KRAFT, and JAMES MATHESON.