News and Performances

Headline Update for mid-2000-2002

HONORS

A Closed Fist selected for the cover of The College Music Society's publication Reflections on American Music: The Twentieth Century and The New Millennium (Pendragon Press, October 2000). A Closed Fist is movement III of SPIRALS for String Trio, a millennium commission from Chamber Music America; the entire movement is reproduced inside the CMS volume.

Named "Honored Composer", and awarded $2,500. prize in the first-ever American Composers Invitational competition, held as part of the 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (June 2001). Impronta Digitale selected and performed by five of the piano competition semifinalists, including the two Gold Medal winners (Stanislav Ioudenitch and Olga Kern). Impronta Digitale (1999) is both a free-standing single movement (toccata) and the third movement of the SONATA for Piano Solo.

ELEGY for Symphonic Strings (1997) selected as required competition work for the Vahktan Jordania Millennium Conductors Competition held in Kharkov, the Ukraine, in September 2001.

Australis (from Sky Curtains) named as featured contemporary work for Minnesota Classical Listening competition, 2001-2002 (for high school students). Performance from "NEON RHYTHM" CD (Arabesque).
COMMISSIONS

SPIRALS for String Trio - Millennium Commission from Chamber Music America for Ensemble Capriccio. Premiere at Walker Art Gallery April 2000.

City Rain for concert band - American Composers Forum commission for BandQuest performance/publication series : new music for middle-school ensembles. Premiere at Valley Middle School, Edina, MN June 2001; also by New York State Honor Band, August 2001.

"Kneeling in the Big City (Demeter, Persephone)" and "The Habit of Anger" for women's voices and piano -- commissioned by New York Treble Singers. Two new movements to the continuing LIFE CYCLE project for women's voices and various instruments. Premiere in New York City, June 2001.

"Bubble-Up" Rag - Concertpiece for Flute and Piano -- commissioned for premiere at the National Flute Association annual convention, Dallas, August 2001. Toured in concert throughout Fall 2001 (including performance at CMS annual convention, Nov. 2001) by flutist Mary Lee Cochran.

Wind Quintet No. 2 - "Homeland" -- commissioned by Minnesota Commissioning Club for the Bergen Wind Quintet (Norway). American premiere, October 30, 2001, Minneapolis.

Wind Symphony -- commissioned by University of Minnesota, in honor of the School of Music's 100th anniversary. Premiere Minneapolis, Fall 2002.
PREMIERES AND PERFORMANCES

SONATA for Piano Solo - Bradford Gowen, the Phillips Gallery, Washington DC April 2000. premiere

ZONES - Piano Trio No. 2 and two excerpts from Greyed Sonnets for voice and piano -- at debut season concerts of AMERICAN ACCENT ensemble, Merkin Hall, NY (November 2000 and April 2001).

City Rain - miniature tone poem for concert band. Edina, MN June 2000. K. Budde, conductor. premiere

LIFE CYCLE for women's voices and instruments. Friends, Kneeling in the Big City, The Habit of Anger, They Were Women Then. New York Treble Choir, Virginia Davidson, conductor, June 2001. premiere

Impronta Digitale -- five performances at Cliburn Competition, Fort Worth Texas, June 2001. premiere

"Bubble-Up" Rag - Concertpiece for Flute and Piano. National Flute Association annual convention, Dallas, Texas, August 2001. premiere Also, premiere of Reflective Rag in version for flute and piano.

Wind Quintet No. 2 - "Homeland" -- October 30, 2001, Ted Mann Hall, Minneapolis. American premiere.
RECORDINGS (see Discography for details)

reSOUNDings - Music for Orchestra by Judith Lang Zaimont - Arabesque: August 2000.
SYMPHONY No. 1 / Elegy for Symphonic Strings / MONARCHS

"Let it be forgotten" and "Entreaty" from GREYED SONNETS - Cavalli: April 2000.

" ... 3: 4, 5 ..." (I: Blend, II: Brio (The Mad Dance), III: Elegy)
for mixed quintet (oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, contrabass).
Jeanné: August 2001.

Impronta Digitale - performed by Olga Kern.
Harmonia Mundi: September 2001.
ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS

See the bibliography page.
OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Founder and Co-Director of new AMERICAN ACCENT ensemble -- dedicated to repeat performances -- at the highest artistic and interpretative level -- of significant works of the present and recent past, primarily composed by Americans. Multi-concert season in New York City. Core performers are the Lark Quartet, pianist (and co-Director) Joanne Polk, and clarinetist Alan Kay.

Publication of Wind Quintet No. 2 - "Homeland" (2001), "... 3: 4, 5 ..." (1997), and From the Great Land (1983, song cycle for mezzo, clarinet and piano) by Jeanné, Inc.

Publication of "Bubble-Up" Rag - Concertpiece for Flute and Piano by Vivace Press.




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