Dot Your I’s and Quarter Notes

Why do people write music? If you explore the motives of today’s composers, you will probably uncover a sizable sampling of answers. Some composers write primarily to sell, some chart new paths with technically innovative compositions, and others compose to commemorate a person or event in history. And, there are composers like Samuel “Skip” Livingston,... Continue Reading →

How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?

There's something about walking into Carnegie Hall that makes you feel a bit awestruck.  It's an imposing building -- taking up an entire city block in midtown Manhattan -- that dominates everything around it.  Couple that with the iconic composers and performers who have graced the Hall's multiple stages:  Tchaikovsky (who conducted Carnegie Hall's opening... Continue Reading →

3 PARMA Albums Earn Silver Medals in The Global Music Awards!

PARMA is extremely excited to announce that Matej Meštrović's 4 SEASONS FOR 3 PIANOS, Christopher Nichols' ELEGIA, and Carmine Miranda and Boris Abramov's upcoming November release MOZART/BEETHOVEN, have all received Silver Medals in The Global Music Awards for "Outstanding Achievement." The Global Music Awards is, as they say, "music's golden seal of approval." GMA reviews music ranging from world,... Continue Reading →

Christopher Nichols and The Inside Story: Tranquility for Creativity

Clarinetist Christopher Nichols debuts on Navona Records with ELEGIA. Nichols is nationally and internationally active as a solo performer, performing at venues such as the International Clarinet Association and European Clarinet Association conferences and for the College Music Society. In 2015, his solo work garnered him an Established Artist Fellowship from the Delaware Division of... Continue Reading →

The Inside Story: Demetrius Spaneas

Demetrius Spaneas a composer, musician, and musical ambassador,  has earned awards from ASCAP, Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, U.S. State Department, and Russian Senate. Today, with the re-release of FROM A FAR-OFF WORLD, Demetrius is our next featured artist in "The Inside Story," a blog series exploring the inner workings and personalities of... Continue Reading →

The PARMA Album of the Day: RESOLVE

RESOLVE, the latest release on Navona Records from two-time Grammy® Award-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman showcases three clarinet-focused works composed by Paul Hindemith, two of which are premiere recordings for Stoltzman. The Whole Note says, "One has to thank Richard Stoltzman, dean of the clarinet in North America, for this latest addition to a long list of... Continue Reading →

The PARMA Album of the Day: SEA OF REEDS

Composer Gerald Cohen released his debut PARMA album SEA OF REEDS in November of 2014. The album, with its dramatic and lyrical compositions, explores the clarinet's colorful personality with his particular blend of classical, Jewish, and jazz influences. Sequenza21 says, "Most listeners will find something to like here, and more than a few clarinetists will... Continue Reading →

The PARMA Album of the Day: LINGERING LONGINGS

LINGERING LONGINGS is Carl Vollrath's second volume in his clarinet and piano pairing works. Released on Navona Records a year after the first volume, PAST RECOLLECTIONS, volume two continues to celebrate past events through musical narratives, tenderly and radiantly performed by clarinetist Michael Norsworthy and pianist Yoko Hagino. Sonograma says "The authority Norsworthy and Hagino [have musically], based... Continue Reading →

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