News and Performances
The music that I have chosen for my news page is the second movement from my brass quintet,
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2024 WINTER/SPRING EVENTS
January 31: Trumpeter soloist Michael Mergen will perform Evensong with the Cincinnati College-Conservatory Wind Ensemble under the direction of Kevin Holzman. The concert will take place at 7:30 pm in Corbett Auditorium in Cincinnati. General admission is $15.
March 3: Bassoon soloist Jason Caron will perform my gnomic concerto titled Guignol with the Boston-based Metropolitan Wind Symphony conducted by Rick Wyman. The concert will be at 3 pm in the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum in Lexington, Massachusetts. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors and $5 for students.
March 7: Trumpeter Ryan Sharp will perform Evensong with the University of Central Oklahoma's Wind Symphony under the direction of Brian Lamb. The concert will be at 7:30 pm in the Mitchell Hall Theatre on the Edmund campus. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. Also on the program is music by Ticheli, Maslanka, Gershwin and a premiere of a piece by Chris Prather.
March 23: My Six Romances After Mendelssohn for ten wind instruments will be featured on a recital conducted by Michelle Styles, a graduate student at the University of Manitoba. The free recital will be at 3 pm in the Taché Arts Complex on the Winnipeg campus.
March 23: Trumpeter soloist Phil Snedecor will perform Evensong with the Hartt Wind Ensemble conducted by James Jackson at 7:30 pm in the Lincoln Theater on the campus of the University of Hartford. The free concert will be live streamed.
April 1-3: I will return to New London, Connecticut for rehearsals and recording session with US Coast Guard Band. The band's harpist, Megan Sesma, will be the featured soloist in my work titled Spring Rain. Megan commissioned the piece and premiered it last October with the USCGB.
April 9 - 10: The US Coast Guard Band will record my Rossiniana, an arrangement for woodwind octet of four piano pieces from the collection of Rossini's later works titled Sins of Old Age.
April 22: The Utah Valley University Wind Symphony under the direction of Chris Ramos will perform my Stone Colors: Three Desert Images at 7 pm in UVU Concert Hall on the Orem campus. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for youth admission.
April 27: A special memorial concert in honor of my great friend and constant collaborator, conductor Glen Adsit, will take place at 7:30 pm in the Lincoln Theater on the campus of the University of Hartford where Glen served as Director of Bands from 2000 until his death in January of this year. I am honored to have two works of mine on the program. Saxophonist Carrie Koffman (Glen's former wife) will perform my Evensong with the Hartt Wind Ensemble under the direction of James Jackson. Conductor J. Thomas Seddon (Glen's first doctoral student) will direct the Wind Ensemble in a performance of Daybreak, the first movement of my Stone Colors.
"Spring Rain" premiered by harpist Megan Sesma and the US Coast Guard Band.
Harp virtuoso Megan Sesma premiered my piece for solo harp and band , titled Spring Rain, with the United States Coast Guard Band on October 15, 2023 in a concert in Leamy Hall on the New London, Connecticut campus of the US Coast Guard Academy. Commander Adam Williamson conducted. Sesma commissioned the piece and worked closely with me on editing the solo harp part. The work will be recorded by the same performers for an upcoming CD and digital release on the Naxos label.
Trombonist Haim Avitsur
Tree of Life with the
International trombone soloist and recording artist Haim Avitsur performed my work for trombone, harp, and string orchestra with the Hartt School's Philharmonia on September 16 in the University of Hartford's Lincoln Theater. Avitsur, who requested the work, is Hartt's professor of trombone. Avitsur's latest CD release, Mostly Bach, Vol. III, is a demonstration of this performer's ability to make the trombone a vehicle for the most intimate kind of musical expression.
Tree of Life is a somber yet hopeful meditation composed as a response to the murders of eleven members of the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburg in 2018. The work is dedicated to the memory of the victims. The piece is not principally a lament but rather a statement of solidarity with minority groups of every kind and of rededication to the ideals of equality and justice for all in our country.
Dutch Duo Perform
"Music for Tuba and Timpani" on New CD
Cora Dellebeke and Stefan Knuijt
Knuijt en Dellebeke, a remarkable mother/son duo from the Netherlands, has recorded my Music for Tuba and Timpani for a CD issued by Zefir Records in 2021. Percussionist Cora Dellebeke and her son, tubist Stefan Knuijt lead independent musical lives. Cora performs with the Zeeland Orchestra, and Stefan plays in the Marine Chapel of the Royal Navy. Cora is also a conductor and teacher, while Stefan is active as a composer and arranger. The duo performed the works on their new CD in concert on September 19, 2021 in the Zeeuwse Concert Hall in Middelburg, Netherlands. The recording, both in digital as well as CD form, is available from many retailers including Amazon, Walmart, and Tower Records.
I found an amusing Dutch review of my piece that reads in translation as follows: The American composer Stephen Cyrc [sic] is represented with his three-part "Music for Tuba and Timpani', not a pompous work, but on the other hand not harassing the ear or the perception. Both musicians expressively dig as deep as possible and know how to turn it into a true sound festival."