New Music On A Sunday Afternoon – 06/28/15

Strange Chamber (2015) by Nathan Anthony Corder
Brett Copeland, tuba and electronics
Sunday, June 28, 2015
The St. Petersburg Main Library

New Music On A Sunday Afternoon – 06/22/14

Yakamochi Op.193 No.2 by Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000)
Alan Hovhaness was an Armenian-American composer. He was one of the most prolific 20th-century composers, with his official catalog comprising 67 numbered symphonies (surviving manuscripts indicate over 70) and 434 opus numbers. However, the true tally is well over 500 surviving works since many opus numbers comprise two or more distinct works.

The Boston Globe music critic Richard Buell wrote: “Although he has been stereotyped as a self-consciously Armenian composer (rather as Ernest Bloch is seen as a Jewish composer), his output assimilates the music of many cultures. What may be most American about all of it is the way it turns its materials into a kind of exoticism. The atmosphere is hushed, reverential, mystical, nostalgic.”

Brieanna Hynish, dancer
Theresa Villani, cello
Sunday, June 22, 2014
The St. Petersburg Main Library

New Music On A Sunday Afternoon – 04/06/14

Kokopelli by Katherine Hoover
Kokopelli is a fertility deity, usually depicted as a humpbacked flute player (often with feathers or antenna-like protrusions on his head), who has been venerated by some Native American cultures in the Southwestern United States. Like most fertility deities, Kokopelli presides over both childbirth and agriculture. He is also a trickster god and represents the spirit of music.

Katherine Hoover was born in West Virginia and resides in New York where she maintains an active career as composer, conductor, and flutist. She is the recipient of a National Endowment Composer’s Fellowship and many other awards, including an Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award in Composition. Five of her pieces, including her piece for flute alone “Kokopeli”, which has sold over 8,000 copies to date, have won the National Flute Association’s Newly Published Music Competition. Her works are published by Theodore Presser, Carl Fischer, and Papagena Press. CD’s of her music have been issued on Koch, Delos, Parnassus, Gasparo, Summit, Centaur, Cantilena, Boston, et al.

Megan Woods, flute
Sunday, April 6, 2014
The St. Petersburg Main Library

Mandy Milliot In Solo Recital – 02/09/14

Grāmata čellam by Pēteris Vasks
Cello Book for solo cello is a work rarely performed in recital, largely because it requires the cellist to sing while playing. Music critic, Mike D. Brownell, has said of Vasks, “Much of the music of Latvian composer Peteris Vasks is characterized by the juxtaposition of extremes: violent and ethereal, impetuous and reserved, strictly metered and largely improvisatory.”

Mandy Milliot, cello
Sunday, February 9, 2014
The St. Petersburg Main Library