Category: Press

Phelps: The Greatest Gown Ever (Strings)

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“…I’ll wear the greatest gown ever…” So noted violist Cynthia Phelps, when Laurence Vittes of Strings Magazine asked her how she’d handle being in New York’s intense classical-music spotlight when she premiered Julia Adolph’s Viola Concerto with the New York…

Kernis: A Corker (Detroit Free Press)

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Mark Stryker of The Detroit Free Press attended the world premiere of Aaron Jay Kernis’ Flute Concerto, written for soloist Marina Piccinini and premiered by Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony. Stryker wrote, “Kernis’ Flute Concerto proved to be a corker…It’s…

Kernis: Big and Entertaining (Financial Times)

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“Aaron Jay Kernis has composed a big and entertaining work, which has a lot to say….” That’s what Richard Fairman of The Financial Times wrote when he attended the UK premiere of Kernis’ Flute Concerto, which featured soloist Marina Piccinini…

Kernis: A New Killer Violin Concerto (Memeteria.com)

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Thomas May, of Memeteria attended the US premiere of Aaron Kernis’ new Violin Concerto. He wrote, “In last night’s Seattle Symphony concert led by Ludovic Morlot, James Ehnes introduced a brand-new violin concerto written for him by one of today’s…

Kernis: Superhuman Agility (Seattle Times)

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On March 17, Seattle Symphony premiered Aaron Jay Kernis’ Violin Concerto with guest soloist James Ehnes performing the stamina-challenging work. Melinda Bargreen of observed, “…Lengthy, complex and assertive, the new concerto demands almost superhuman agility and stamina of the soloist…

Jalbert: Complex, Potent & Exciting (Times Argus)

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The Times Argus reviewed the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival’s summer 2106 performance of composer, and Vermont-native, Pierre Jalbert’s Trio No. 2. They called the work “complex and potent, [and] challenging and exciting.” Read more here. http://ow.ly/xo2x303CS0d

Bermel: One of Bowdoin’s Success Stories (Portland Press Herald)

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Derek Bermel was featured as a composer and performer at the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Allan Kozann, writing for the Portland Press Herald, “Bermel is one of Bowdoin’s success stories. Now a faculty member, he attended the festival as a…

Borromeo String Quartet: “Witnessing Challenging Insight” (Boston Intelligencer)

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Recently, Vance R. Koven of The Boston Intelligencer attended the Borromeo String Quartet’s concert at the Rockport Music Festival (MA), where he heard them perform Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier (as arranged by the ensemble’s own first violin Nicholas Kitchen), music…

Bermel: Clever and Imaginative (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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“Birds have been a frequent inspiration for composers,” wrote Michael Anthony (Minneapolis Star Tribune) after the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s recent performance of Derek Bermel’s Murmurations. Anthony continues, “While living in Rome not long ago, Bermel…composer, conductor and virtuoso clarinetist…