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San José Chamber Orchestra performs Weaving Olden Dances: Concerto for Chamber Orchestra, August 29 & 30

The San José Chamber Orchestra’s Season Opening Concerts will feature pianist Jon Nakamatsu playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto #21 in C major, and the West Coast premiere of my Weaving Olden Dances: Concerto for Chamber Orchestra. These performances, led by conductor

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Concerto for Chamber Orchestra (2008)

I have written four of what I hope to be five movements of Concerto for Chamber Orchestra (Weaving Olden Dances), a consortium commission comprised of: Westchester Chamber Orchestra (NY), Barry Charles Hoffman, Director Western Piedmont Symphony (NC), John Gordon Ross,

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Pick it up and Run with it (Orchestra)

Pick it up and Run with it (2001, rev. 2005) ca. 6’15” Orchestra. 3333 4331 Timp, 2 Perc, Pf, Strings Selected for a reading session by the Plymouth Music Series Orchestra in February 2001 as part of the American Composers

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The Vampire Chronicles (Orchestra)

The Vampire Chronicles (1995) Four Movements. ca. 24’ Orchestra. (See below for specific instrumentation.) Received performance prize of premiere by the University of Minnesota Orchestra, Keith Clark, director. Listen to excerpts from the premiere: Movement I: unauthorized-vampire-chronicles-mvt-1-excerpt-2.mp3 Movement II: unauthorized-vampire-chronicles-mvt-1-excerpt.mp3

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Instant Audio

Most pieces can be auditioned on their post pages. But you can sample some audio here.

Quick Bio

CBG2_WPRKOriginally from New York, Charles Griffin returned to the U.S. in 2010 to take a position at Florida's Full Sail University as course director of Advanced Music Composition in their MPBS program, after spending 5 years living and working in Latvia. His compositions and arrangements have been performed at festivals and concert halls throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, Brazil, Cuba, and Puerto Rico.

He is also a radio show host on 91.5 WPRK FM. His show Zero Crossings incorporates live interviews with composers, conductors and performers with a focus on the local contemporary art music scene.

Read more in the biography section.