Ms. Ellisor’s contributions to orchestral repertoire include such uniquely American works as Blackberry Winter for mountain dulcimer and strings, Whiskey Before Breakfast – Partita for Bluegrass Band and Strings, and Nuages de la Nuit for jazz quartet and Strings. Blackberry Winter has generated widespread NPR airplay and was featured on All Things Considered. Her long and productive association with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra (now known as Orchestra Nashville) resulted in the premieres of 11 of her works.
Ellisor’s recent commissions and premieres include “Diaspora” by the Nashville Symphony (2011), “Broad Band of Light” (her second concerto for mountain dulcimer and orchestra), by the Tucson Symphony (2012), “Tres Danzas De Vida”, “The Fort of Shadows”, and “The Bell Witch Dances” by the Arlington (NY) High School Philharmonia Orchestra (2013 and 2014), and “Awake At Night” for string quartet by the Grammy-nominated ALIAS Chamber Ensemble (2015). She has recently collaborated with 5x GRAMMY Award-winning bassist, composer, and author Victor L. Wooten to write a concerto for electric bass. “The Bass Whisperer” was commissioned by the Nashville Symphony (premiered September 2014), the Colorado Symphony (premiered May 2015) and the Chicago Sinfonietta (premiered January 2016).
News and Reviews
|Conversations in Silence||Conni Ellisor||String Orchestra||12:00||No Place To Get To||Conni Ellisor||Strings, English Horn, Guitar||10:42||Nuages de la Nuit||Conni Ellisor||Violin, Bass, 2 Guitars, String Orchestra||22:10||Rhapsody for Viola||Conni Ellisor||Solo viola, 1111-0100, perc, strings||9:46||Sea Without a Shore||Conni Ellisor||Marimba, Five Percussion, 2111-2100, strings||25:00||Wind From The Mountain||Conni Ellisor||0000-2422, euphonium, timp, percussion||19:00||Broad Bands of Light||Conni Ellisor||Solo Dulcimer, 2211-2110, timp, perc, str||22:00||Blackberry Winter||Conni Ellisor||Solo Mountain Dulcimer and String Orchestra||16:55||Diaspora||Conni Ellisor||3332-4331, Timp+3, pno, str||15:00||The Bell Witch Dances||Conni Ellisor||3231-4431, timp, perc, str||6:00||Tres Danzas de Vida||Conni Ellisor||String Orchestra||11:30||Whiskey Before Breakfast: Partita for Orchestra and Bluegrass Band||Conni Ellisor||Bluegrass Band, 1111-0100, str||26:00||Fort of Shadows||Conni Ellisor||2121-2221, timp, perc, strings||5:00||Air for the Dutchess||Conni Ellisor||String Orchestra||5:00||Marimba Concerto||Conni Ellisor||Solo Marimba, 3 perc, strings||15:00||Rousing Rip Van Winkle||Conni Ellisor||String Orchestra||5:00|