Claremont Trio Recording Release Set for January 2017

The Claremont Trio‘s newest recording project, Spheres, will be released on January 20, 2017 on the American Modern Recordings label. Spheres features three trios by composer Robert Paterson: Sun Trio, Moon Trio, and Elegy. The Claremonts are joined by their former pianist Donna Kwong on Sun Trio, and cellist Karen Ouzounian on Elegy. The entire album was recorded at the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City and produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by legendary producer and engineer Adam Abeshouse.

After recording Paterson’s Sun Trio, the Claremont Trio suggested the idea of Paterson composing a brand new trio especially for their ensemble, and for this album, which ended up being Moon Trio. To round out the album, Paterson suggested his Elegy for two cellos and piano. All three of the works on Spheres are inspired by or have something to do with celestial bodies—the sun, moon and the cosmos.

Spheres will be available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes, and from all other major retailers and digital outlets.

Dorian Wind Quintet Awarded Wigeland Fund Grant

The Dorian Quintet has just been awarded a grant by the American-Scandinavian Foundation in association with the Andrew E. and G. Norman Wigeland Fund. The Quintet has commissioned Norwegian composer, Wolfgang Plagge, who is writing a wind sextet that will have its world premiere in New York City in winter 2018. The Quintet expects to take the sextet on the road with Maestro Plagge, with premieres in cultural centers in Europe and Asia, and plans to release a studio recording of the piece as well. We are all very excited to see this project come to life!

Michael Owen Completes Orlando LOVE Mural

Known for creating the Baltimore Love Project, Michael Owen has recently left his mark on Florida, painting his iconic LOVE hands directly across from Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Michael spent part of his childhood in Orlando, and still has friends and family there. After the June 2016 tragedy, he set out to find a way to spread some love to the community that is still hurting so deeply.

Michael worked with the wonderful folks at the OnePulse Foundation and the Einstein Noah Restaurant Group to secure a location, plot out the project, and install the piece. Everyone involved on the project donated time and materials, and Michael donated his extraordinary talent. Monetary support was given by individual donors, as were in-kind donations from organizations including Sherwin-Williams, Sam Flax of Orlando, Sunbelt Rentals, Johnson’s Wrecker Service, and Downtown South.

The mural features forty-nine orange blossom flowers, adorning Michael’s symbolic hands. The orange blossoms, each one unique in its design and execution, honor the fallen victims. The ‘Love Blossoms’ mural is Michael’s love letter to a city he holds dear. He hopes it will be a lasting beacon of hope and healing for the Pulse community and the City of Orlando. Read more about the project in the Orlando Sentinel.

SONYC Wins Fromm Foundation Grant

String Orchestra of New York City has just been awarded the coveted Fromm Foundation Grant. SONYC will use the funds on an exciting new collaborative piece, for which the group has commissioned well-known Cuban composer, Keyla Orozco. The performance piece will showcase the work of percussive dance and tapper, Max Pollak. It promises to be a thrilling performance art experience, and is scheduled to premiere during the 17/18 season.