January 30, 2003 |
The subject of this year's American Composers Festival, the Pacific Symphony's annual poking into the corners of American music, is William Bolcom. As stylistically diverse a musician and composer as they come, Bolcom will be featured as composer, pianist, accompanist, teacher and raconteur in a variety of musical settings and venues, ranging from supper club to concert hall.
February 22, 2009 |
Carl St.Clair can clearly recall being in the third grade in his hometown of Yoakum, Texas, and being "marched down to the Grand Theater where we all got to see 'Ben-Hur.' I was totally captivated," he says. "The score was overwhelming to me." Fifty years later, St.
May 6, 2005 |
The Pacific Symphony concert Wednesday in Segerstrom Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center peaked sooner than it should have. The program opened with two fascinating rarities, continued with an interesting if flawed curiosity and closed with a masterpiece. The rarities were orchestrations of piano pieces by Debussy and Ravel by Australian American composer Percy Grainger.
January 31, 2010 |
Imagine a postmodern Aaron Copland or Charles Ives with a pop cultural twist, and you're primed for the music of Michael Daugherty. A composer of his time and birthright, Daugherty is a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native and the musical embodiment of Americana. His canvas reflects a 20th century cultural mosaic dotted by the likes of Elvis and Superman and Jackie Onassis. At age 55, Daugherty is also the exuberant master of his craft, an artist whose sophistication and compelling appeal can seem utterly at odds with the often kitschy titles of his works.
October 14, 2011
Pacific Symphony: An article in the Sept. 25 Arts & Books section about the Segerstrom Center for the Arts' 25th anniversary said that the Pacific Symphony launched its annual American Composers Festival in 2003. It began in 2000.
February 26, 2009 |
Four American composers have been commissioned to write new pieces for the next two seasons of the Pacific Symphony, the orchestra announced Wednesday. A choral composition by Michael Daugherty, to Carl Sandburg texts, will be a highlight of the orchestra's American Composers Festival, titled "The Greatest Generation," in early February 2010. Two weeks later, a piano concerto by Richard Danielpour will have its premiere with Jeffrey Biegel as soloist. Works by William Bolcom and Zhou Long, both highlighted in earlier American Composers Festival programs, will premiere in the 2010-11 season.