Marks Music is pleased to announce the availability of a new band transcription of the William Bolcom orchestral work, Inventing Flight. The splashy 3-movement work, commissioned for the 2003 Centennial of Flight celebrations by the Dayton and North Carolina Symphonies, and little performed since, is something of a revelation in this transcription for band by Dr. Jason Nam, who is a visiting professor and assistant director of bands at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music.
Released in November 2015, new CD pairs works conducted by Carl St. Clair and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. Prometheus features Jeffery Biegel at the piano; Canciones de Lorca features tenor René Barbera.
We received a charming letter from Miss Brace’s primary class at Marimont Montessori School in Pflugerville, Texas with her children’s illustrations of The Serpent’s Kiss. Bill was named their “Composer of the Month” for February! Thanks to Asher, Ari, Sophia, Ingrid, Arra, and Ema for their letters.
William Bolcom’s exciting Grant Park Music Festival residency in Chicago concluded with the world premiere of his new orchestral piece written for the festival, Millennium: Concerto-Fantasia. The piece premiered to a packed Pritzker Pavilion, with an estimated 12,000 filling the Seating Bowl and Great Lawn.
In five years of existence the dynamic piano duo ZOFO (“20-finger orchestra”) has racked up two Grammy nominations and a competition win. Perhaps more impressively, they’ve given 11 world premieres of commissioned works. They brought the latest of these, by William Bolcom, to Morrison Artists Series at SFSU on Sunday afternoon, while dazzling the audience in a program of contemporary works.