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Conni Ellisor’s “Conversations in Silence”
Bangor Daily News:
“…A highlight of Sunday’s concert was Conni Ellisor’s “Conversations in Silence.”
Based in Nashville, Ellisor is as steeped in country as she is in classical music. The piece was commissioned by Orchestra Nashville in 1994 and was written for its string section.
“Conversations in Silence” transported the audience to a place where the soul is restored. Ellisor’s “silence” was lush and layered with all of the sounds the stringed instruments are able to make alone and together.”
February 1, 2018
Kathryn Bostic’s “The August Wilson Symphony”
The Lift Every Voice concert Saturday night with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts featured Phylicia Rashad as host and Aunt Esther in the world premiere of the August Wilson Symphony by Kathryn Bostic a delicious Coplandesque tribute with an exquisite extended solo for Associate Concertmaster Mark Huggins and wonderful trumpet from Principal Micah Wilkinson. Associate Principal Clarinet Victoria Luperi and her colleagues brought sun splashes to the Ashby Teenie Harris Suite. 15 year old Ifetayo Ali had everyone on their feet with her thrilling Lalo Cello Concerto playing with style and charming with her conversation with maestro Lucas Richman . The Hill District All Star Choir had the full house cheering to send everyone into the lobby for a hot piano jazz trio.
“Middle-Earth: Shadow of War” Enlists Composer Garry Schyman
Hearned a BAFTA nomination for the 2014 ‘Lord of the Rings’ videogame ‘Shadow of Mordor.’
Schyman was responsible for the score in the 2014 predecessor, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, which earned him a BAFTA nomination alongside co-composer Nathan Grigg.
“I am pleased, excited and grateful to announce my work in scoring WB/Monolith Games massive sequel to Shadow of Mordor: Shadow of War,” he said.
“Shadow of War is much more than a sequel, I believe it stands as a real achievement in game design and execution and will be talked about for decades,” said Schyman, adding, “I also believe our score wonderfully enhances this project.”
Scoring such a large game is no small task, however, as Schyman explained: “I wrote over two and half hours of music in partnership with my friend Nathan Grigg (advanced composer at Monolith Games, the studio responsible for Shadow of War and Mordor).”
He added, “In addition to writing 90 minutes of in-game music, I scored nearly an hour of beautiful acted and rendered CGI movies, some of the best in-game cinematic acting I have had the privilege to work on.”
The scoring required “two full weeks of recording,” Schyman explained, which he conducted with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.
-Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter
Congratulations Composer Lucas Richman!
For earning the American Prize in Composition
Judges Citation for EXCEPTIONAL CONCERTO 2016 for Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: In Truth
“Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: In Truth” from The American Prize: celebrating American excellence in the arts in Composition, 2016, in the orchestra category. The work, premiered in 2013 by pianist Jeffrey Biegel and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, was recorded in 2015 by Mr. Biegel and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with Lucas Richman on the podium.
Composer Andrea Clearfield!
on the April 1, 2017 release of her new CD
Women of Valor
Performed by the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, conducted by Maestra Noreen Green
Released by Albany records, this hour-long oratorio is a celebration of women from the Old Testament, inspired by a midrash (biblical commentary) on Proverbs, where each line of the biblical text from Proverbs 31 represents a strong, resourceful woman. Texts for “Women of Valor” are drawn both from the Bible and from modern poems and prose, highlighting the stories of Sarah, Leah, Rachel, Jocheved, Miriam, Hannah, Jael, Michal, Ruth and Esther.
“The expansive work is accessible to all, incredibly well crafted both in its musical form and the arch of its emotional impact on an audience… It is a work that deserves many performances.”