The Inside Story: Garth Baxter and RESISTANCE

Composer Garth Baxter is noted for his modern traditionalist style of writing. This style combines the traditions of form and clear melodic writing with the use of contemporary approaches to harmonies and other elements. He is recognized as one of the preeminent composers of art songs and has been described as an unabashed lyrical tonal... Continue Reading →

The Inside Story: Jan Jirásek and WHEN THE SOUL SPEAKS

Since 1989, esteemed Czech composer Jan Jirásek’s works have been presented on numerous stages and festivals worldwide. Jan composes music for major music houses and interpreters. Examples of his work include his Bread and Circuses composition for six players on percussion instruments, a postmodern arrangement of J.S. Bach’s St. Luke Passion, his Missa propria choral... Continue Reading →

THE INSIDE STORY: Mark Lieb and JOHANNES BRAHMS / ELLIOTT CARTER: CLARINET QUINTETS

Clarinetist Mark Lieb is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Phoenix Ensemble. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and The Juilliard School, where he studied clarinet performance with Robert Marcellus, former Principal clarinet with the Cleveland Orchestra, and David Shifrin, clarinet soloist and former Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln... Continue Reading →

THE INSIDE STORY: Scott Perkins and WHISPERS OF HEAVENLY DEATH

Connecticut native Scott Perkins enjoys a multifaceted career as an international prize-winning composer, a versatile performer, an award-winning scholar, and a music professor at California State University, Sacramento. Praised by critics from publications including the Washington Post (“dramatic,” “colorful”) and the Washington Times (“perfectly orchestrated,” “haunting,” “a remarkable and welcome musical surprise”), his work has been commissioned... Continue Reading →

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