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  • Choral Arts Northwest premieres work by John David Earnest


    Esteemed conductor Robert Bode, led Choral Arts Northwest and Lee Thompson on piano, in the recent premiere of John David Earnest's Be Thou My Vision (Homage to a Beloved Hymn) for SATB Chorus and piano. The performances took place May 6-7, 2017 at Plymouth Congregational Church (Seattle, WA) and St. Thomas Episcopal Church (Medina, WA).

    Comprised of volunteer singers drawn exclusively from the Seattle region, Choral Arts Northwest has garnered national recognition and critical acclaim by combining a deep sense of community with a passion for artistic excellence. CANW won the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence (2010); and the American Prize for choral performance (community division) twice, placing first in 2010 and second in 2013. In December of 2015, the ensemble also provided a command performance at the White House for guests of President and Mrs. Obama. They also have seven commercially released recordings under the Gothic record label.

    John David Earnest's relationship with the ensemble proceeds this performance by several years. In 2013 - 2014, Earnest served as composer-in-residence for the ensemble.

    Learn more about Choral Arts here: Choral Arts Northwest – Pure Sound

  • New book celebrates life and legacy of The American Organist column, Vox Humana

     MorningStar Music Publishers is pleased to announce the release of collected articles by veteran organist, Haig Mardirosian. Vox Humana is Mardirosian’s column in The American Organist, the official journal of the American Guild of Organists and the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America, which ran monthly for exactly a decade from 2003 to 2013.

    Haig Mardirosian (b. 1947, New York City) is Dean of the College Arts and Letters at the University of Tampa. He has earned international standing as a composer, conductor, concert organist, and recording artist. He has performed in important international festivals and has 20 recordings to his credit on various labels in the United States and Europe. As a writer and critic, Mardirosian has contributed nearly 1,500 reviews and features to a variety of publications. He also serves as director of the Editorial Resources Committee of the American Guild of Organists.

    Appearing in an annotated collection for the first time here, Mardirosian creates an image encompassing both the breadth and depth of the instrument and profession through humor, memory, business, liturgy, and, of course, artistry. This reflection of the organ and those who play it is an essential read for those searching for perspective or new ideas, as well as those looking for understanding, nostalgia, or a bit of humor.

    Paperback. 152 pages.

  • Revelations: Feat. Jupiter String Quartet, Bruce Brubaker, & music of Su Lian Tan

    Arsis Audio is thrilled to announce the release of a new recording of chamber works composed by Su Lian Tan, Revelations. The recording features the musicianship of the award-winning Jupiter String Quartet and renowned pianist Bruce Brubaker.

    The Composer
    Su Lian TanSu Lian Tan is a much sought after flutist and composer whose music has been described as “the stunner of the evening,” (Washington Post). Making her first recordings at the age of 14, she has recently been featured in Flute Talk and the American Record Guide. Tan has been commissioned by groups such as the Grammy-winning Takacs String Quartet, Da Capo Chamber Players, and the Meridian Arts Ensemble. Much of her music is published by E. C. Schirmer Music Company. Tan is Professor of Music at Middlebury College where she continues to be a mentor to talented young musicians.

    The Musicians

    Jupiter String Quartet

    The Jupiter String Quartet is a particularly intimate group, consisting of violinists Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel (older sister of Meg), and cellist Daniel McDonough (husband of Meg, brother-in-law of Liz). Formed in 2002, the members of this tightly-knit ensemble make it their mission to spread a love of chamber music through both performing and teaching. In addition to touring throughout the United States and abroad, the Jupiters are Artists-in-Residence at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where they maintain private studios and run the string chamber music program. The quartet places a strong emphasis on developing relationships with future classical music audiences through outreach work in schools and other educational performances. They believe that chamber music, because of the intensity of its interplay and communication, is one of the most effective ways of spreading an enthusiasm for “classical” music to new audiences.

    Bruce Brubaker

    In live performances from the Hollywood Bowl to New York’s Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, from Hong Kong to France’s International Piano Festival at La Roque d’Anthéron, and in recordings for ECM, InFiné, Bedroom Community, Arabesque, and Arsis—Bruce Brubaker is the new musician, visionary virtuoso, artistic provocateur. Named “Young Musician of the Year” by Musical America, Bruce Brubaker performs Mozart with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and plays Philip Glass’s piano music around the world. Profiled on NBC’s Today show, Brubaker has performed with Meredith Monk, Nico Muhly, Lorraine Hunt, and John Cage. Brubaker is featured on Nico Muhly’s album Drones and Meredith Monk’s Piano Songs.

    The Album

    Su Lian Tan’s assured approach to chamber music is marked in this recording, nimbly performed by the Jupiter String Quartet and pianist Bruce Brubaker. Life in Wayang transports the listener to the traditional puppet theater found most notably in Indonesia and Malaysia, echoing of gamelan and rich with musical commentary. Orfeo in Asia follows the ancient Greek legend to Southeast Asia as he encounters new modalities of harmony and rhythm. Finally, Revelations utilizes the quartet and piano together, reflecting on contemporary scholarly life and its intricacies.

    Revelations will be available on all major streaming sites in June 2017. Each work performed on Revelations is also available from E. C. Schirmer Music Company.

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