Al BennerAl Benner has received an ASCAP Standard Award for the third consecutive year. Benner's Five Variations for Piano was performed Sept. 13 on the Louisiana Sinfonietta Solo Series in Baton Rouge. Three Preludes will be performed on Oct. 5 at SCI's Region IV annual conference in St. Petersburg, Florida, at which Benner will also speak on the topic "The Composer Outside Academia." Benner's music publishing company, Conners Publications, now boasts a catalogue of over 100 works. It focuses on contemporary classical and church music. A free catalogue is available for the asking from A & L Musical Enterprises, Inc., 6780 State Road 57, Greenleaf, WI 54126-9738.
Jeff BurnsJeff Burns's Fantasy, for solo guitar, has been published by World Library Publications, and has been recorded by Ron Redik on his compact disk recording entitled "We Gather Together."
Dan MaskeDan Maske recently visited Roseburg, Oregon, for the premiere of his piece CAGED, for brass quintet. The work was commissioned by the Skyline Brass, with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Chamber Music America. As a result of this premiere, Maske was also commissioned by the Umpqua Chamber Orchestra, Eric DeLora, conductor, to compose a concerto for brass quintet and chamber orchestra. The premiere of the concerto is scheduled for March 1, 1997 in Roseburg, featuring the Skyline Brass with the Umpqua Chamber Orchestra.
Tom PowellTom Powell's doctoral composition, Moon Came Down, a multimedia work, will be performed at Kanopy Dance in Madison, November 14 - 17, sponsored by the Madison Chapter of WAC.
Adria SmithAdria Smith's song Tranquility was performed by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, David Crosby conductor, on the Concerts on the Square series last July 10.
Present MusicInstitutional member Present Music will perform a special Thanksgiving-themed concert on Sun., Nov. 24, at St. Paul's Church in Milwaukee. Included will be Copland's original orchestration of Appalachian Spring, Cage's Apartment House, 1776, Ben Johnston's arrangement of Amazing Grace, and several Native American ceremonies led by members of Milwaukee's Spotted Eagle High School.
Yehuda YannayA composer's portrait entitled Yehuda Yannay: Music Now and From Almost Yesterday will be issued this fall on compact disk on the American Composers Forum "Innova" label. In addition to several Yannay compositions, the CD features an essay by Burt Levy, art work and design by Marie Mellott, and a "hidden" track with the voice of Yannay. Also, Yannay's Loose Connections, for violin, clarinet, and contrabass was recently completed on commission from Frankie Kelly with funds provided by Western Carolina University. A premiere and recording are anticipated in 1997.
WAC Newsletter, October 1996
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