Listening to America’s Best Idea

Most people go to Rocky Mountain National Park or Glacier National Park to enjoy the breathtaking, once in a lifetime views. But if you look closely, you might notice a man who is as much listening to the surroundings as he is enjoying the view. Since 2009, adventure...

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Abstractions on the Open Road

Composer/guitarist Christopher Cresswell, following the March 2018 release of 315 Ensemble’s “bold, original, and attention-grabbing” eponymous debut record, has had a busy spring with premieres of two major new works, in the space that separates and a stillness,...

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Gilbertson Named Finalist for 2018 Pulitzer Prize

Michael Gilbertson’s day started the same as any other day: teaching ear training to Freshmen students at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and then getting ready for his upcoming premiere with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, but all that changed when his...

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Finding Poetry in the Static

The debut album of emerging American composer, electric guitarist, and sound artist Christopher Cresswell, eponymously named after the ensemble he runs, 315 Ensemble, has just been released earlier this month on Ravello Records. “I’m interested in the intersection...

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Music from the Himalayan Mountains

Set deep in the Himalayas, fifty kilometers from the Tibetan border and two hundred fifty kilometers from the Indian border, Lo Monthang is Nepal’s ‘hidden kingdom’, home to ancient Buddhist paintings, breathtaking views, and sheer cliffs. It is a long way from the...

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Driving While Black: An Opera for this Moment

Earlier this month, Susan Kander's new chamber opera DWB (short for Driving While Black) made its debut at The University of Kansas, featuring soprano Roberta Gumbel (who doubles as the librettist) and New Morse Code. The racial tensions targeting the African-American...

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The Long Walk at Pittsburgh Opera

  The Long Walk, first presented by Opera Saratoga in July 2015 to critical acclaim, has recently finished its triumphant run at the Pittsburgh Opera. These performances marked the third production of this still relatively new opera, a riveting music drama by...

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A Man Transformed: Lukas Ligeti in California

To be transformed is to have undergone a thorough and dramatic change, Lukas Ligeti, now an assistant professor at UC Irvine, is a man who has undergone a series of dramatic changes throughout his life, moving from Austria to New York City, living intermittently in...

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New Year, Two New Premieres!

Although we are only one month into the new year, Jessica Meyer is already preparing for two world premieres. The orchestral version of Getting Home (I Must Be…) has just received its world premiere on January 26th as Syrabite5 joined the Sinfonia Gulf Coast with...

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