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"O Magnum Mysterium" in film "Rebuilding the World Trade Center"
Morten Lauridsen's iconic choral work was the only fitting music for the moments in Marcus Robinson's documentary "Rebuilding the World Trade Center" when the beacon is placed on top of the spire of One World Trade Center.

Watch The History Channel Sept. 11 at 6PM Eastern.

The Passenger comes to New York
The Lincoln Center Festival presents Houston Grand Opera in 3 performances of "The Passenger" by Mieczyslaw Weinberg. David Pountney directs the production seen in Bregenz, London, Warsaw, and London to the Park Avenue Armory for performances on July 10, 12 and 13.

Zophia Posmysz, Auschwitz survivor and author of the novel "The Passenger" will participate in panels; Toronto's ARC Ensemble will perform Weinberg's chamber works prior to each opera performance.

"Sumeida's Song" in Boston
Mohammed Fairouz's opera "Sumeida's Song" has received its first fully staged performances in its orchestral version, at the hands of Boston Opera Collaborative.

"[I]ntense and tautly and multilayered," wrote one review. Another: "mezzo-soprano Heather Gallagher...gave the role [of Asakir] vivid, theatrical intensity."

The performances are conducted by Andrew Altenbach and directed by Nathan Troup.

Ives Symphony No. 2 --
Immersion in Chicago
The Chicago Symphony presents Charles Ives's Symphony No. 2 in its Beyond the Score series on April 25 and 27. The program, titled "The Things Our Fathers Loved," is directed by Gerard McBurney and conducted by Sir Mark Elder.

American Composers Orchestra --
Border Vanguards
Derek Bermel and Silvestre Revueltas were featured in ACO's April 4 Border Vanguards concert, in Carnegie's Zankel Hall.

Revueltas's "Alcancias" brings the street life of Mexico onto the concert stage. Bermel's "Mar de Setembro" sets poems by Eugenio de Andrade, sung by "category defying" Luciana Souza. NYTimes review.

Morten Lauridsen Weekend Presented by
The Los Angeles Master Chorale
In a highlight of its 50th anniversary season, the Los Angeles Master Chorale celebrates its long association with Morten Lauridsen in events on March 14 and 16.

Lauridsen, who served as LAMC's Composer-in-Residence from 1995 to 2001, will be celebrated in a sold-out Disney Hall concert of his music on March 16. Michael Stillwater's documentary on Lauridsen, "Shining Night," will screen on March 14 in Glendale's historic Alex Theatre.

New Year, U.S. Premieres (I)
Houston Grand Opera presents the U.S. Premiere performances of Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s gripping opera The Passenger, following acclaimed performances in Bregenz, London, Warsaw, and Karlsruhe, Germany.

Five HGO performances, Jan. 18-Feb. 2. David Pountney directs; Patrick Summers conducts. The production comes to the Lincoln Center Festival in July.

New Year, U.S. Premieres (II)
The Chicago Sinfonietta performs Mountain Top,a multimedia tribute to Martin Luther King by Jacob ter Veldhuis (JacobTV). The Martin Luther King Day concert is conducted by Mei-Ann Chen.

The work is scored for mixed chorus, multiple percussion and sampler, with video by Jaap Drupsteen.

Morten Lauridsen Named Honorary Artistic President, World Choir Games 2014
The 2014 World Choir Games will take place this July in Riga, Latvia, the 2014 European Capital of Culture, with Morten Lauridsen as Honorary Artistic Director. The composer's presence in seminars and workshops further highlights his full schedule of residencies in the U.S. and Europe.

"Listening to the Other"—
Mohammed Fairouz at U.C.L.A.
Listening to the Other, a week-long set of concerts, master classes, lectures and panel discussions exploring cultural relations in the Middle East culminates in a performance of "Symphony No. 3, Poems and Prayers" and "Tahrir" for clarinet and orchestra by Mohammed Fairouz.

Soloists include Sasha Cooke, David Kravitz, and David Krakauer. Neal Stulberg leads the UCLA Chorale, UCLA University Chorus and UCLA Philharmonia.

An Ensemble with New Ideas makes
U.S. Debut
Led by composer/conductor Gediminas Gelgotas, the New Ideas Chamber Orchestra (NI&Co) makes its first U.S. appearances in late October and November. The touring ensemble of six strings performs all works from memory, and works in theatrical elements with movement and vocalization.

To quote Kristjan Jarvi, "Fantastic – and Gelgotas' whole concept of performing is incredibly original." Repertory and dates here.

John Musto Piano Concertos released on Bridge Records
Just released -- Premiere recordings of these two very different piano concertos, in Musto's own superb interpretations. No. 1 is a thirty-minute dark, brooding score; No. 2 is a joyous and extroverted celebration. As encores, Musto performs two of his Five Concert Rags. Available on Amazon.

The Passenger Premieres in Bregenz: "A masterpiece"
Mieczyslaw Weinberg's opera The Passenger receives its staged premiere in four performances during this year's Bregenzer Festspiele. David Pountney directs; Teodor Currentzis leads the Vienna Symphony. The festival will also present a number of Weinberg's orchestra and chamber works and a symposium on the composer's life and works. More Information on Festival events and Reviews.
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Oct. 22-24 - Derek Bermel is principal guest composer in the Contemporary Music Festival, Indiana State University. Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the guest ensemble, will record his Ritornello for electric guitar and strings.

Oct. 23 - four chamber works by Stefan Wolpe at NYC's DiMenna Center. Performers include Momenta Quartet, Miranda Cuckson, Stephanie Griffin, Jayn Rosenfeld, David Holzman, and Cheryl Seltzer.

Oct. 25 - Three Toronto choruses participate in an all-Morten Lauridsen concert, with the composer at the piano. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Toronto.

Oct. 26 - The Evanston Symphony peforms Moldavian Rhapsody by Mieczyslaw Weinberg. Lawrence Eckerling conducts.

Oct. 26 - the Austin Symphony performs Danzon No. 2 and Conga del Fuego Nuevo by Arturo Marquez. Stephen J. Ramsey conducts.

Oct. 27 - three vocal works by Mohammed Fairouz are peformed in Mimesis Ensemble's Weill Recital Hall program "Beyond Boundaries".

Nov. 1 - Derek Bermel's Three Rivers is performed at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, presented by wild Up and the Colburn School. Christopher Rountree conducts.

Nov. 1 - S.F.'s Artist Sessions presents "After the Revels" featuring songs and piano works by Mohammed Fairouz, part of the Asian Museum's "Roads of Arabia" exhibition.

Nov. 1 - Donato Cabrera conducts Conga del Fuego Nuevo by Arturo Marquez, San Francisco Symphony.

Nov. 7,8 - World Premire of Oculus by Jean-Louis Agobet, San Antonio Symphony, Sebastian Lang-Lessing conducting.

Music Publishers Association
Paul Revere Awards for Graphic Excellence - 1st Prize Winners, 2014

Mohammed Fairouz:
Native Informant

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Artur Schnabel:
String Quartet No. 2

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3rd Prize Winner:
John Musto: Collected Songs, Vol. 2

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Morten Lauridsen - 70th Birthday, February 27, 2013

Jose Serebrier -75th Birthday, December 3, 2013