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ZERO CROSSINGS – AUGUST 3, 2015, FEATURING AN INTERVIEW WITH STEPHEN SIEFFERT

stevesiefertToday’s show featured an interview with dulcimer player Stephen Siefert. Siefert was in town from Nashville to perform with the Orlando Philharmonic for their concert featuring music of the Americas. Led by Duo Sole (Mauricio Céspedes Rivero and Alexander Stevens), this concert featured music from Canada, North America, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. Featured composers include Connie Ellisor, Ennio Morricone, Astor Piazzolla, Alberto Ginastera, and a world premiere by Benoit Glazer. Featuring Mauricio Cespedes Rivero on viola and guitar, Alexander Stevens on violin and Stephen Seifert, dulcimer.

The music aired during the program included:
Stephen Siefert – Black Mountain Rag, from Delcimore Revisited
Stephen Siefert – Twilight Eyes, from Delcimore Revisited
Connie Ellisor – Blackberry Winter Movement 1, performed by Stephen Siefert and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra
Stephen Siefert – Mode for Dulcimer, from Key West Dulcimer Fest
Benoit Glazer – Chance’s Main Theme, from 7 Lives of Chance (Soundtrack) (Timucua Records)
Alberto Ginastera – Danzas Argentinas, performed by Michiko Tsuda
Alberto Ginastera – String Quartet No. 1, performed by Enso Quartet
Alberto Ginastera – Concerto for Harp and Orchestra
Ennio Morricone – The Mission: Gabriel’s Oboe

Listen to the show here:

      Zero Crossings – August 3, 2015, featuring an interview with Stephen Siefert

“Out of nothingness” and Pieta performed on CF2 Sacred Sounds concert at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Orlando on January 25

CFCF-Sacred-4Local composers present world premieres and recently composed music for a variety of sacred faith traditions. Featuring the Cathedral Choir and Orlando Deanery Boychoir and Girls Choir of the Cathedral Church of St Luke – Orlando, FL. Featuring organist Ben Lane, trumpeter Benoit Glazer and other musical guests. A collaboration between St. Luke’s and the Central Florida Composers Forum, composers include Ben Lane, Charlie Griffin, Stan Cording, Keith Lay, Carl MaultsBy, Glenn Osbourne and Benoit Glazer.

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.

I have two works on this program, a 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.

set fire to have light performed at the Orlando White House by principals of the Orlando Philharmonic

rimmaTop string players from the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra come together to play my string quartet, set fire to have light, along with music by award-winning, local composers.

CF2 (Central Florida Composers Forum) is organizing a concert for string quartet and other local musicians, featuring the talents of Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra musicians Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, Alex Stevens, Mauricio Cespedes and David Bjella.

The concert will take place on May 12th, 2013 (7:30 PM) at the White House in Orlando.

The White House is the perfect venue for chamber music concerts, since it is in a private home. The Timucua Arts Foundation, led by Benoit Glazer (Conductor at La Nouba, Cirque du Soleil), has been serving the Central Florida community through FREE concerts at his home for over 12 years. The venue contains balcony-seating, modern art by local artists, and state of the art recording technology. It can comfortably accommodate 160 seated guests, but has hosted up to 220 people in a single concert.

Featured composers include Thad Anderson, Benoit Glazer, Eric Brook, Charles Griffin, Keith Lay, Danny McIntyre, Tim Stulman, and Karen Van Duyne.

Emergence at the Orlando White House with CF2, April 29

A lot of work is coming to fruition at the Orlando White House on April 29. The Central Florida Composers Forum, now nearly a year old, is getting its land legs. In late January, CF2 member works were included in UCF’s percussion-focused Collide Festival with great success, and the momentum from that concert has lead to a well-publicized and much anticipated multi-media event at the Timucua White House at 7PM on April 29. See the Orlando Weekly write-up here.

Two new works will premiere on this concert: local arts luminary and musical director of La Nouba (Cirque du Soleil) Benoit Glazer‘s Suite Circassienne #6 for brass quintet and percussion quintet and Full Sail University’s Rebekah Todia‘s The Solitary for soprano and piano.

Also on the concert will be Rollins College professor of composition Daniel Crozier‘s Winter Aubade, for piano solo and my Emergence, for flute quartet, prerecorded audio and video projection.

The composers will all be present and are joined by an impressive body of performers: Benoit Glazer & Mike Avila, trumpets; Kathy Thomas, horn; Jeff Thomas, trombone; Bob Carpenter, tuba; Jeff Moore, Matt Roberts, Wesley Strasser, Thad Anderson & Garth Steger, percussion; Julie Batman, Soprano; Heidi Louise Williams & Rebekah Todia, piano; and Elsa Kate Nichols, Nicholas Buonanni, Adriane Hill, Anielka Silva, flutes.