11th World Symposium on Choral Music
"A Colorful Melting Pot: New choral music by young American composers"
Barcelona - Spain
American conductors Kimberly Dunn Adams (Western Michigan University, USA) and Dominick DiOrio (Indiana University, USA) present a session on American choral music of the 20th and 21st century featuring a curated collection of works in diverse styles by living composers. Notable composers featured in the session will include Ysaye Barnwell, Abbie Betinis, Chen Yi, David Conte, Shawn Crouch, Dominick DiOrio, Stacey Gibbs, Cristian Grases, Sydney Guillaume, Jocelyn Hagen, Jake Runestad, and Zachary Wadsworth. Attendees will receive complimentary scores as part of the interactive session, which will include a combination of lecture, listening, and singing.
Offered July 27 at 9:30h and July 29 at 11:00h.
Premiere of Psalm 105
The Knox Choir - Earl Rivers, conductor
Knox Presbyterian Church - Cincinnati, OH
Earl Rivers and the Knox Choir give the world premiere performance of my new work Psalm 105 during the 11am Sunday service.
Diamonds from the Dust Concert
Mark Mummert, artistic director
Mark Mummert and Diamonds from the Dust perform my work Down Deep during their fall concert program.
Anderson University Centennial Celebration
Anderson Chorale - Dr. Richard Sowers, conductor
Anderson University - Anderson, IN
Commissioned for Anderson University's Centennial Celebration, the Anderson Chorale gives the world premiere performance of Walking to the Sun, my new work on a poignant text by Wendell Berry.
Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge, LA
Dominick is delighted to be concluding his term as Treasurer for the National Collegiate Choral Organization. As part of that service, he has helped to plan and execute the 7th National Conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, hosted by LSU. This conference includes a wealth of scholarship and creative activity offered by dozens of individuals and performing ensembles. Read more at the NCCO website.
NCHS Winter Choir Concert
NCHS Counterpoints and Descants - Michael Berg Raunick
St. Luke's United Methodist Church - 86th St - Indianapolis, IN
Mike Raunick and the North Central High School Counterpoints and Descants give the world premiere of Fantastic Shapes in Vivid Blue, my new work for SATB and SSA choruses with piano and string quartet on an optimistic and frosty poem of Sara Teasdale.
GATHERING: A World Premiere for the UI Sesquicentennial Celebration
University of Illinois Wind Symphony and Chamber Singers
Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center - Chicago, IL
As part of the celebration of the sesquicentennial of the University of Illinois, the University's School of Music has commissioned Gathering, a major new 25-minute work for chorus, vocal soloists, and wind symphony, with a libretto compiled by American novelist and writer Richard Powers. a National Book Award winner who has also served on the faculty of the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign).
Gathering sets the words of three illustrious U of I alums - the poet Mark Van Doren, Rosalyn Yalow (Nobel laureate in Medicine/Physiology), and Fazlur Khan (one of the most influential architects and engineers of the 20th century, who created the modern Chicago skyline). Powers describes the three as "a downstate farm boy, a New York Jew, and a Muslim immigrant; Pulitzer, Nobel, AIA winners; all Illinois undergrads and all champions of liberal education" and the libretto as "touching broadly on education, aspiration, inclusivity, the links between art and science, and the centrality of imagination."
The new work will be premiered in the spring of 2018 at Orchestra Hall in Chicago, at Lincoln Center/Alice Tully Hall in New York City, and at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana. The premiere will be given by the University of Illinois Wind Symphony (conducted by Dr. Stephen Peterson, Director of Bands) and the University of Illinois Chamber Singers (conducted by Dr. Andrew Megill, Director of Choral Activities). It will also feature the illustrious vocal artists Nathan Gunn (February performances), Richard Todd Payne (April performances) and Yvonne Gonzales Redman.