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Clarinet World Premieres 2009
Clarinet World Premieres Archive
Marga Richter explaining her work and performance by Ensemble members
Jay Anthony Gach explaining his work followed by performance
3 May 2009
World Premieres of Long Island Composers with them present with the American Chamber Ensemble, Naomi Drucker and Blanche Abrams, Directors, performed at the Park Avenue United Methodist Church in New York
New York City USA
A formidable concert of prominent American composers from the Long Island area gave a stellar concert of diverse styles and instrumental ensemble formats with this ensemble dedicated to promoting the valuable works of composers. Programs and biographies galleried above attest to the high level of performance and this ensemble's popularity, having performed all over New York including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, many times sold out. Composers were present o explain their works and dedications, and legendary New York Philharmonic Soloist and Principal Clarinetist was a guest artist like many times before supporting the mission of this group. This is the 43rd year of this group, started in 1978 and built up over this period to what it is today. Credit is due with high marks for the growth and dedication to make this group what it is and for the directors who kept it alive and growing. Naomi Drucker and Blanche Abram are to be credited with stars.
20 February 2009
Fang Man: Resurrection - Clarinet Concerto (World Premiere, ACO/Underwood Commission) performed by Soloist Derek Bermel and the American Composers Orchestra at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York 20 February, 2009
New York City USA
Fang Man’s Resurrection is a result of the 2006 Underwood New Music Readings and Commission. The work is a clarinet concerto influenced by Kandinsky’s Composition V–Resurrection in which Eastern and Western music traditions are juxtaposed. In two continuous movements, the work first utilizes Western techniques and then material from a Beijing opera titled The Battle of Jiu Jiang Kou, along with electronic manipulation of various sounds. For this premiere, ACO’s Music Alive Composer-in-Residence, Derek Bermel, is the featured soloist.
Originally from China, Ms. Fang received her undergraduate degree in composition from Beijing Central Conservatory in 2000. She was subsequently awarded a fellowship from the Cecil Effinger Foundation to pursue further studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since fall 2002, she has been pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Cornell University, where she studies composition with Steven Stucky and Roberto Sierra, piano with Xak Bjerken, and digital/computer music with David Borden. In 2006, she was one of ten composers chosen by IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique, Centre Pompidou Paris, France) to participate in the computer and composition program.
Derek Bermel, clarinet
Derek Bermel’s clarinet playing has been hailed by The New York Times as “brilliant” and “first rate.” He premiered his own critically acclaimed clarinet concerto, Voices, with the American Composers Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, and revisited it with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the BBC Symphony in London, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic (John Adams conducting). Bermel is the founding clarinetist of Music from Copland House, a creative center for American Music. He has premiered dozens of new works for clarinet in appearances as soloist throughout the U.S. and Europe, including recitals in New York, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Detroit, Jerusalem, The Hague, Paris, and radio broadcasts on the BBC (London), NCRV (Amsterdam), and WQXR (New York). Bermel is also the ACO Music Alive Composer-in-Residence and will have a new orchestral work premiered on the May 1 ACO Orchestra Underground concert.
A New York Times Review is below --
31 January 2009
Clarinetist Michael Norsworthy Featured in Japan-USA Musical Perspectives Concerts with Four World Premieres in New York on January 31 and upcoming in Boston on February 7, 2009
New York City USA
Clarinetist Michael Norsworthy
was featured in the first of 2 concerts
presented by Japan-USA Musical Perspectives on Saturday, January 31 – 4
PM at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43a West 13th Street (between 5th and 6th
Ave) in New York, and upcoming on Saturday, February 7 – 8 PM at
Fenway Center at Northeastern University, 77 St. Stephen Street in Boston,
The January 31 concert repertoire included Christopher Bailey’s SL III for clarinet, cello and piano, Lyudmila German’s 6 Miniatures for
clarinet and cello, Miyuki Ito’s Darwin’s Dream for clarinet and cello, Hiroya Miura’s Shore for bass clarinet solo (World Premiere – written
for Michael Norsworthy) and Ronald Bruce Smith’s Something Suspicious (Small) for bass clarinet and live electronics. Other performers included
clarinetist Meighan Stoops, cellist Dave Eggar and pianist Augustus Arnone.
dedicated and persuasive champion of the music of our own time, Michael Norsworthy has given premieres of over 80 works in collaboration with
composers Harrison Birtwistle, Elliott Carter, Chris Dench, Pozzi Escot, Brian
Ferneyhough, Michael Finnissy, Lukas Foss, Hans Werner Henze, Magnus Lindberg,
Ralph Shapey and Marc Anthony Turnage, among others.
As soloist, Michael Norsworthy has performed an extensive repertoire of concerti, ranging from Mozart to Ferneyhough, with the Aspen
Contemporary Ensemble, Callithumpian Consort, NEC Contemporary Ensemble, Pottstown Symphony, Soria Chamber Players, Southern Illinois Symphony and Symphony Pro Musica, while audiences have heard his numerous recitals in New York , Boston, Cambridge, Chicago and St. Louis.
Conductors he has worked with include Boulez, DePriest, Knussen, Levine, Muti, Robertson, Ozawa, Tilson Thomas and many others. Michael
Norsworthy plays on Buffet Clarinets and mouthpieces by Kalmen Opperman. Mr Norsworthy is a WKA Artist VIP
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