September 11, 2006



Adler's AIDS Requiem

JAMES ADLER'S Memento mori: An AIDS Requiem received its West Coast Premiere on April 30 and May 2 at the Mission Dolores Basilica in San Francisco. Grammy Award-winning conductor Joseph Jennings led the Golden Gate Men's Chorus and Orchestra in the fourth performance of this 75-minute requiem, dedicated to those who have succumbed to AIDS. San Francisco Classical Voice referred to the a cappella writing as "particularly beautiful." Following the West Coast premiere of Memento mori, the Albany Records CD (Troy 463) of the work was the #1 uniquely selling CD in San Francisco on

DAN ADAMS concerti at the University of South Florida (USF) Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Tampa. Concerto for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble was premiered by the USF Percussion Ensemble, conducted by Robert McCormick, on March 6. The solo marimba part was performed by University of South Florida student percussionist Beran Harp. On March 7, Robert McCormick performed the solo timpani part for Concerto for Timpani, Percussion, and Winds, premiered by the USF Wind Ensemble under the direction of William Wiedrich.

KAREN AMRHEIN's ballet Little Nemo in Slumberland by the Missouri Symphony Orchestra on June 10, 2006 in Columbia, MO

PHILLIP BIMSTEIN's Lockdown! This unique three-movement work, based on the sounds and voices of youth in detention, premiered at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center on April 15, 2006.

SY BRANDON's The First State. The University of Delaware Wind Ensemble premiered the work on March 19, 2006. Xi Mu Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia commissioned it.

WALLACE DE PUE's The Bird, Frog and Tree Club, Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra II and An Orchestral Passacaglia. The Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony and Chorale in Hamilton, OH premiered these three works on March 5, 2006.

EDIE HILL's "Jambalaya Stomp" by 415 students at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, MN as part of the Upbeat Metro program on March 6, 2006.

BOB LEVY's "What Are We Doing Here?" on February 11, 2006 at the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem, MA by Dane Vannatter.

STEPHEN LIAS' "Pursued" in Moscow, Russia by the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin as a finalist in the "Homage to Mozart" competition.

LUVIU MARINESCU's Ostinato for cello solo and chamber orchestra in Philadelphia in March. The Fromm Foundation at Harvard University commissioned it in 2002.

ASHER RABOY's Three Small Musicians. The piece, which was first performed at the Napa Valley Symphony at its 5th grade concert on March 7, 2006, introduces young audiences to the sections of the orchestra.

THOMAS SLEEPER's short opera Last Minute. The premiere occurred at the Frost School of Music in Miami, FL on February 15, 2006.

ROBIN SPIELBERG's works by the West Florida Youth Ballet. The new dances are set to Spielberg's compositions and center around the mother-child bond.

ZUPE AND CHUCK KNEPPER's "The Reluctant Mambo" on February 16, 2006 at the Paul R. and Margery Wolf Kuhn Theatre at Penn State-Altoona, PA, as an interpretive dance by Allied Motion Dance Company.