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NARONG PRANGCHAROEN
Luminary
(2016)

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra

Duration: 24′
Orchestration: Solo Piano; 3(Picc.) 3 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
Commission: Commissioned by the Ansin Foundation, with the gracious support of the South Dakota Symphony and the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra.
World Premiere: June 17, 2016. Christopher Janwong McKiggan, piano, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Dariusz Mikulski, conductor; Prince Mahidol Hall, Thailand.
U.S. Premiere: October 7, 2017. Emanuele Arciuli, piano, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Delta David Gier, conductor; Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, SD.

Program Note:
Luminary was composed to honor the 72nd birthday of pianist and teacher Bennett Lerner. The word “luminary” has two meanings: 1 (archaic), a natural light-giving object or source of light, especially the sun or the moon, the most important natural sources of light for the planet Earth; and 2, a person who inspires or influences others. Bennett Lerner is one of the latter and has inspired and influenced a myriad of musicians, especially pianists and composers. He is also a great advocate of new music.

Luminary has three main sections, recalling a traditional concerto. It begins with fast repeated notes, which portray rays of light penetrating the atmosphere of the earth. The second section is peaceful and slow and the third section returns to the opening high energy. The piece contains a small hint of Southeast Asian music, but of unclear geographical origin.

–Narong Prangcharoen

Chen Yi’s New Piano Concerto, Four Spirits, Premiered in China

The China Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist Clara Yang premiered Chen Yi’s Four Spirits on November 18th in Beijing, China. The ensemble, under the direction of Long Yu, also brought the work to Chapel Hill, NC on December 8th for its U.S. Premiere. Continue reading

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P.D.Q. Bach: Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra

P.D.Q. Bach
CONCERTO FOR SIMPLY GRAND PIANO AND ORCHESTRA
September 24, 2016 – World Premiere

Jeffrey Biegel, piano;
Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Christopher Dragon, conductor
Boettcher Concert Hall; Denver CO
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