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2017 Composer’s Salon Concert Postponed

The Sunday 9/10 Composer’s Salon has been postponed due to Hurricane Irma. More details coming soon!

Music by Daniel Crozier has been performed or recorded by the Fort Worth Opera, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the New York City Opera, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park. The composer writes: “I have always loved yet resisted setting the poetry of Emily Dickinson, the austerity of whose verse seemed to make the idea of adding music somehow intrusive. These four settings were completed in 2014 at the special request of Julia Foster Rottmayer. They were dedicated to her, and to Christopher Rottmayer, on the occasion of their wedding.”

Nicole Gutman is a composer and singer most known for incorporating interdisciplinary medium into her music. Almost all her music tells a story or conveys a physical or emotional setting through onomatopoeia and theatrics from the musicians. Nicole’s worked with leading ensembles including EnsembleNewSRQ, Yarn/Wire, SŌ Percussion and the JACK Quartet. Her current project is a book of songs sung unaccompanied called the A Cappe a Arias. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied with Lewis Nielson and Josh Levine.

The Thing About Cats – Based on a poem by John L’Heureux, this song explores the reason why cats always stare at us. I wrote the music in the point of view of a person who’s had many experiences with these staring cats and and how the act of staring ruining the person’s pleasures in everyday life. The person is using this song to give a warning to everyone listening.

Witness – I wrote the poem in response to the first page of Watchmen by Alan Moore, depicting a New York City street after a murder. The narrator says that this started with something very minor and is now growing into a catastrophe that no one can stop now, but they could have stopped it when it was a minor problem. I wanted to use the build up of a sentence to showcase something starting small and spreading until it creates a huge problem. When setting the poem to music, I applied the same concept to a melody.

Mowing – This song occasionally inserts a whoosh sound effect, reflecting the sound of the scythe described the poem by Robert Frost. The feel of the scythe moving back and forth along the lawn continues its presence in the melody’s slow and steady pulse.

Paul Harlyn has released 7 Chill albums under the artist name Great Barrier whose song “Cairo” was released on Buddha Bar Vol. II that has had sales of over a half a million units. He also has tracks on many chill-out compilations; Search Paul Harlyn in Spotify or paulharlyn.com

Three Views of Japan

  1. The Question of Rain –  A Hakone Ryokan 2:44
  2. Phases of the Moon – A Kyoto Maiko-San 2:51
  3. Nothing Stays the Same – Tokyo at Night 3:38

Each of these short piano pieces were composed while viewing the pictures I took of the culture I experienced during my recent visit to Japan.

Seunghee Lee (b. 1980), a composer and a pianist, was born and raised in South Korea, where she studied composition and piano at Seoul Arts High School and Ewha Womans University. Prior to moving to Southwest Florida in 2015, Lee received a master’s degree in composition from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Ph.D. in music composition and theory from Brandeis University. Lee is an Assistant Professor of Music at Ave Maria University.

Flying Kite (2017) – After launching a kite into the air, a kite flies in many different patterns depending on its shape, size, direction of wind, and technique of the person who is flying the kite. Kites maybe be flown for recreation and other practical uses. During the First Full Moon Day (Daeboreum, the 15th of January by the lunar calendar) in Korea, some write a phrase like “Bad luck be gone, good luck stay” and let their kites fly away, hoping to have good luck in the coming year.

‘Flying Kite’ for Piano Solo consists of five movements, and each movement describes different patterns and ways of kite flying.  The music is focused on genuinely portraying the movement of the kite, sometimes calmly and other times lively or a bit chaotic, rather than relating music to a particular purpose of flying a kite.

As the piece progresses, I also invite the audience to imagine and experience the spiritual aspect of kite flying, such as sending a message up to God or letting go of hassles and troubles by flying a kite away.

Brandon Martin

I currently perform at Disney with the Voices of Liberty a cappella vocal ensemble, with whom I have performed for two years.  I have earned music degrees from FSU and USF. I write mostly choral/vocal music, but I am venturing into instrumental music more and am writing my first musical.

Danses antiques was inspired by the Swingle Singers performing Bach, but also by the French Baroque style—a modern tribute akin to Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin. I try to give a nod to the Baroque without rigidly adhering to the style.

David James Nielsen is a composer for film, TV, and concert hall.

Welcome to Nantucket” was composed for the “Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket” feature film, and is heard in the opening credits of the film showing Annabelle Hooper and her family driving through Nantucket to a house they will be staying at for a vacation on the island. The music has a uplifting feel and features strings, piano, celeste, and solos for flute, oboe, clarinet,and bassoon.

“Annabelle Finale and End Credits” was composed for the “Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket” feature film, and is heard as Annabelle Hooper is leaving Nantucket island on a fairy boat. The music incorporates the love them between the characters Annabelle and Billy, and features piano, strings, french horn, and solos for clarinet, flute and oboe.

Sharon Omens is a composer, performer and music educator who has a deep passion for music.

After receiving her Bachelors of Music and Certificate of Music Therapy, Sharon devoted more than 30 years training young musicians and using music as a source of healing. She has been a spiritual performer of both piano and voice and has produced 6 albums with her original compositions. Currently, she is a member of the Central Florida Composers Forum and has featured her original compositions at the Timacua White House, The Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts and Christ Church Unity Orlando.

Damien Simon is an internationally known music composer for Ballet/Contemporary Dance Companies, TV/Film, Orchestras and Ensembles around the world. Damien has written dozens of scores for multiple genres and sizes of groups, depending on the goals of the project.

Educated at the Purchase Conservatory (NY) and University College of Dublin (IRELAND)   Website:  https://damiensimon.net

These 2 scores: “Bailey’s Nails”  and “False Narratives”, scores for Guitar and Viola/Guitar, were commissioned for performers in Salzburg, Austria at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg. and this will be their US premiere.

Call for Participation: Fourth Annual Composers Salon

Overview

Central Florida composers are invited to submit works for the 4th Annual Composers Salon concert held at the Orlando White House on Sunday, September 18th at 7:30PM. All styles of art music, acoustic and electronic, are welcome for consideration. The composers must provide their own performers. The concert will be presented to an audience of new music fans in Orlando and live-streamed on the Web. Participants will receive a complimentary audio and video recording.

Purpose

The annual salons are concerts that celebrate new music written by local composers in the central Florida area. They are an opportunity for composers to share new music with the central Florida community. The concerts are free (donations welcome) and all ears are welcome.

Eligibility

Members of CFCF will receive priority for programming. Membership details are here on the site. Email David MacDonald with membership questions.

Application Deadline

The deadline for submissions is Sunday, August 14th. Please email the following information to Eric Brook (ericjbrook@gmail.com):

  • Title
  • Duration
  • Instrumentation
  • Performer’s Names
  • Score/Audio Recording/Proposal

Selection Process

Approximately 60-75 minutes of music will be scheduled. In the event that more than 75 minutes of music is submitted, scheduling priority will be on a first come first served basis. CFCF would like to thank the Timucua Arts Foundation for administrative assistance and use of the concert space.

Jan. 25: Sacred Sounds at Cathedral Church of St. Luke

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The Central Florida Composers Forum and the Cathedral Church of St. Luke proudly announce Sacred Sounds, a collaborative concert of contemporary spiritual music. Under the direction of Benjamin Lane, spiritual and sacred music will be performed by the adult choirs of the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, along with their Orlando Deanery Boychoir, Girls’ Choir. Guest instrumentalists include cellist Shona McFadyen-Mungall and the Orlando Brass Quintet (Rick Ingoglia and Ken Cutler, trumpets; Michael Barr, French horn; Ben Kon trombone; and William Miller, Tuba). Admission is free.

This will be a fascinating, diverse, and emotionally moving program. Carl Maultsby’s “I Hear Music in the Air” for children’s choir and organ is based upon and evokes the rich history of U.S. slave spirituals, while Keith Lay’s “Wonderous Love” is a 20th century arrangement of the 19th century Southern folk hymn that expresses awe at the love of God.

Benjamin Lane’s epic and joyful “Te Deum” for choir, organ and brass quintet, Michael Miller and Benjamin Lane’s collaborative “Let the People Praise You” for choir, organ, and brass quintet, and Stan Cording’s celebratory “Praise Ye the Lord” for choir and organ all evoke the celebratory and triumphal side of much sacred music while Glenn Osbourne’s chromatic “God, Your Golden Doorway Beckons” for children’s choir and piano highlights a more reflective side of the sacred.

Charles Griffin has two works on the program, a gut-wrenching setting of Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Pieta” for solo mezzo soprano, cello and organ, and “Out of nothingness,” for choir, organ and percussion, which weaves together fragments of poetic texts by various Sufi mystics and evokes non-Western spiritual dance traditions that rely on trance states.

Benoit Glazer’s “Into the Light (Prelude and Fugue in C minor)” for trumpet and organ was written specifically for this concert and marries elements of the improvisatory spirit of Jazz with the rigor of baroque counterpoint as found in the work of the Baroque master of church music, J.S. Bach.

Always Park Free. You can now park anytime 24/7 in the Regions Tower Garage. Entering the up-ramp on Washington, receive an Entrance ticket. At the Cathedral, pick up an Exit ticket from an usher. Using the two tickets, exit the garage free of charge. And street meters are still free all day on Sundays.

For more information call or text 407.951.0550.

Canines For Veterans Tickets On Sale Now!

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The Central Florida Composers Forum, Florida poets, and the Sovereign Brass are proud to honor the dedication and service American military veterans by presenting Canines for Veterans, a program of music and poetry November 9, 10, and 11 throughout the state of Florida. Proceeds from these concerts will be donated to K9s For Warriors, a Florida-based charity that provides service dogs to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. The performances are sponsored by the Bryce L. West Foundation, Herschel Lasik, the Timucua Arts Foundation, and Full Sail University.

The concerts will feature patriotic standards as well as world premieres of new music and poems presented by Florida composers and poets. The concert will be performed three times:

  • Nov. 9, 7:30pm
    Trinity Preparatory School Auditorium
    5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park, FL 32792
    also featuring the Trinity Prep Choir
    Tickets: $20 [purchase]
  • Nov. 10, 7:30pm
    University of South Florida School of Music Concert Hall
    4202 East Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33620
    Tickets: $20 [purchase]
  • Nov. 11, 7:30pm
    Community Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville (Atlantic Beach)
    150 Sherry Dr, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
    Tickets: $30 [purchase]

Tickets are on sale now for all three concerts through the links above. Please help us to support the great work K9s For Warriors does to help American military families.

Please also support Artists for Veterans, a companion art auction presented by the Timucua Arts Foundation. The auction will be held Nov. 3, beginning at 5:30pm at the Gallery at Avalon Island in downtown Orlando. See the Timucua projects page for more details.

Fall 2014 Composers Salon Video

Thanks to everyone who came out to last weekend’s concert at the white house. We had a great time and heard some wonderful performances. In case you missed it, we’d like to share this video of excerpts from the performance.

Thanks again for listening. We hope to see you next time. Check back here for information about our upcoming performances.

Mark your calendars for our next concert: Music for Saxophone and Electronics, Oct. 5, 7:30pm at the white house (2000 South Summerlin Ave.). 

Sept. 7: Composers Salon

NCSO at the Orlando white house We are proud to invite the Orlando-area community to our annual Composers Salon concert on Sunday, September 7, 7:30pm at the Orlando White House (2000 S Summerlin Ave.). Admission is free, though guests are encouraged to bring a bottle of wine to share. Donations are welcome to support the group. Come join this exciting group of local artists as they present a truly unique concert experience. Composer Salon Sep 2014 flyer

Salon concerts have long been a tradition in classical music. This performance will include vibrant, modern works from composers working in a diverse array of styles and media. The composers featured in this concert are all local to central Florida, including Larry Adams, Ramy Adly, Eric Brook, John Chapman, Stan Cording, Charles Griffin, David MacDonald, David Nielsen, and Ina Smith.

Composer’s Salon Fall 2013

The Central Florida Composers Forum Presents:

Composer’s Salon Fall 2013

Sunday, October 27th @ 7:30 PM

Orlando White House
2000 S Summerlin Ave
Orlando, Fl 32806

Join us for an evening of new music by local composers and musicians.  Doors open at 7:00.  The concert is free.  Donations are welcome.  BYOB and food to share.

 

Featured Composers
Paul Haryln, Rebakah Todia, Sun Mi Ro, Bobby Sirkin, David Nielsen. L. Crosby García, Eric Brook, Bob Walker, and Christy Holmes.

 

Featured performers
Nora Lee García, Keith Koons, Jean-Marie Glazier, Greg McCandless, and Michael Brook, and Ian McLeod.

 

Hope to see you there!

Jeff Heisler and I-Chen Yeh

The Heisler / Yeh Duo is coming to the Orlando white house on Sunday, November 24th at 7:30pm. Their concert will feature music by local composers such as Thad Anderson, Scott Dickinson, Robby Elfman, Keith Lay, David Nielsen, Sun Mi Ro, and Justin White.

Tickets can be purchased at https://www.artful.ly/store/events/1603.

Heisler-Yeh Duo

The Heisler / Yeh Duo is an award winning chamber ensemble devoted to the creation and promotion of contemporary for the saxophone and piano. Saxophonist Jeffrey Heisler and pianist I-Chen Yeh have performed throughout the world and have worked with notable composers such as Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Steven Stucky, David Gillingham, Marc Mellits, Andrea Reinkemeyer, Jeff Weston and Timothy Stulman to create new repertoire for this ensemble. Recent concert appearances include performances at (le) poisson rouge (NYC), the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Yamaha Performing Artist Center (Taipei, Taiwan), the Taiwan National Concert Hall, New Music Festivals at Bowling Green State University, Ball State University, Kent State University, and Manchester University, and many other Universities and Conservatories throughout the United States. The Heisler / Yeh Duo is a major proponent for new music, however frequently perform transcriptions, masterpieces of the classical repertoire, and stylized popular music as well.

Members

I-Chen Yeh

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A native of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, award-winning pianist I-Chen Yeh enjoys an international career as a solo and collaborative performer. Among her significant accomplishments include competition prizes throughout Taiwan, Japan, and the United States. A performer devoted to contemporary music, Yeh’s solo and collaborative performances strive to highlight a new and exciting repertory. Her passion for new music has led to collaborations with notable composers such as Steven Stucky, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, David Rakowski, Greg Sandow, and Andres Carrizo. Yeh has appeared at many world renowned music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, the Bowdoin Music Festival, Bowling Green State University’s New Music and Art Festivals, Eastern Music Festival, the Internationale Wiener Musik Seminar, and the Threshold Electroacoustic Festival. Yeh holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BM), the Eastman School of Music (MM), and Bowling Green State University (DMA). Her primary teachers include Laura Melton, Angela Cheng, and Thomas Schumacher. In addition, she is a member of several professional chamber music ensembles, including the Heisler/Yeh Duo with saxophonist, Jeffrey Heisler, the Primary Colors Trio (saxophone, piano, and percussion), and an exciting new piano duo with pianist Jiung Yoon. Currently, Dr. Yeh is on the piano faculties of Bowling Green State University (OH) and Oakland University (MI) and teaches her own private studio (Dr. Yeh’s Piano Studio). http://ichenyeh.weebly.com

Jeffrey Heisler

HeislerAward winning saxophonist, Jeffrey Heisler, has recently been appointed to the faculty of Oakland University (professor of saxophone / associate director of bands). He holds degrees from Bowling Green State University (D.M.A. and M.M.) and Central Michigan University (B.M.E.). Among his many significant accomplishments is a 1st prize gold medal at the 2005 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Outstanding Classical Soloist in Downbeat Magazine’s Music Awards. An advocate of contemporary music, Heisler has worked with several Pulitzer-Prize winning composers such as Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Steve Reich on transcriptions of their works for the saxophone. In 2007, he collaborated with electronic music composer Morton Subotnick in creating a new version of his In Two Worlds for alto saxophone and interactive computer (MAX/MSP). In 2008, he gave the North American premiere of Luciano Berio’s Recit (Chemins VII) for alto saxophone and orchestra and performed the world premieres of his composer approved transcriptions of Steve Reich’s Vermont Counterpoint, Chen Yi’s Monologue, and Louis Andriessen’s Elegy. In addition, he presented the American premiere Entfuhrung by Karlheinz Stockhausen and in 2009, premiered Double Image, a concerto for saxophone(s) and wind ensemble by David R. Gillingham. Prior to his appointment at Oakland University, Heisler served on the faculties of Kent State University and Wayne State University. http://jeffheisler.weebly.com