Central Florida Saxophone Show on the Road

The fantastic Hippocrene Saxophone Ensemble performed three new works by CF2 members at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference at Texas Tech University, March 10-13, in Lubbock, Texas.

David MacDonald: Ungroup

Daniel Saylor: Waves to Oceans (Organic Suite Composition #1)

Benoit Glazer: Petite Fete de Sax

Thanks to George Weremchuk for organizing the ensemble. Special thanks to Carolyn Bryan and Jeffrey Loeffert for joining the group especially for these performances.

Hippocrene Saxophone Ensemble: 15 Feb. and 1 Mar.

Hippocrene Saxophone Ensemble

Central Florida Composers Forum presents the Hippocrene Saxophone Ensemble in two upcoming performances in the Orlando area:

  • Monday, February 15 at 7:00pm at the Gallery at Avalon Island
  • Tuesday, March 1 at 8:00pm at the UCF Rehearsal Hall Auditorium

The program features pieces by CF2 members and others, including three world premieres for saxophone octet.

We look forward to see you there!

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Video: Salon 2015

Thank you to everyone who joined us in person and online for this year’s Composers Salon! Below are videos of each piece on the program. If you like these pieces, let us know in the comments. Or better yet, tell your friends! Check back soon for information about future performances!

Benoit Glazer: Fanfare 15

Benoit Glazer, trumpet; Juan Berrios, horn; Joey Fascik, bass trombone

Daniel Saylor: Character No. 1 and Eventualities

Kelli Boquet, flute; Gregory Monroe, piano

Eric Brook: Six Sketches

Eric Brook, piano

David James Nielsen: Unfolding

David Nielsen, piano

Sun Mi Ro: Three Invocations

Nora Lee Garcia, flute

Thad Anderson: Within

Christian Martin, Chris Baird, Joe Jones, and John Gavin, percussion

Keith Lay: When Leaders Stop Listening

Benoit Glazer, trumpet; Juan Berrios, horn; Joey Fascik, bass trombone; Witek Biegaj, Pawel Biegaj, and Daniel Rawe, mimes

Art by Linda Saracino throughout the concert.

Composers Salon: 13 Sept 2015, 7:30pm

CF2 group photo: Fall 2014

The Central Florida Composer’s Forumis proud to host their 3rd annual Composer’s Salon on Sunday, September 13th 7:30 PM at the Orlando White House (2000 South Summerlin, Orlando, FL, 32806). Original compositions by central Florida composers will be featured. Composers include Thad Anderson, Eric Brook, Benoit Glazer, Keith Lay, Gregory Monroe, David Nielsen, Mark Piszczek, Sun Mi Ro, and Daniel Saylor. Doors open at 7, and that while the concert is free, donations are accepted.

UPDATE: If you can’t make it in person, join us on the live stream of the concert!

July 5: New Piano Music at the White House

piano-eventNew Piano Music by Central Florida Composers at the Timucua White House, presented by Central Florida Composers ForumFree admission, but donations are accepted, and guests are encourage to bring a bottle of wine or some tasty food to share.

2000 S Summerlin Ave,
Orlando, Florida 32806

Program:

Jeff M. Brown: 2 Preludes, Jeff Brown
Mark Piszczek: Down Range, Lynn Peghiny
Keith Lay: Joyful Play for Four Hands, Eda Shlyam and Rose S. Grace
Sun Mi Ro: Once Upon a Time, Ana Rosa Hernandez
Troy Gifford: Two Preludes: I. Into Light, II. In Darkness, David Yu
Ryan McQuinn: D’Passio’s, Ryan McQuinn
M. Shawn Hundley: A New American Ballad, Rose S. Grace

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.

Oct. 5: Music for Saxophone and Electronics

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You’re invited to a concert of Music for Saxophone and Electronics on Sunday, October 5, 7:30pm at the Orlando White House (2000 S Summerlin Ave.). Timothy Rosenberg, Brian Smithers, and George Weremchuk will perform music by Central Florida composers Thad Anderson and Timothy Stulman, as well as works by Jay Batzner, Bill Ryan, and Morton Subotnick. Admission is free, though guests are encouraged to bring a bottle of wine to share. Donations are welcome to support the group.

Weremchuk and Anderson are professors at the University of Central Florida Music Department. Rosenberg, Stulman, and Smithers teach at Full Sail University. The concert will feature music that combines the expressive range of the saxophone with the infinite sonic possibilities of computer technology.