July 5: New Piano Music at the White House

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New Piano Music by Central Florida Composers at the Timucua White House, presented by Central Florida Composers ForumFree admission, but donations are accepted, and guests are encourage to bring a bottle of wine or some tasty food to share.

2000 S Summerlin Ave,
Orlando, Florida 32806

Program:

Jeff M. Brown: 2 Preludes, Jeff Brown
Mark Piszczek: Down Range, Lynn Peghiny
Keith Lay: Joyful Play for Four Hands, Eda Shlyam and Rose S. Grace
Sun Mi Ro: Once Upon a Time, Ana Rosa Hernandez
Troy Gifford: Two Preludes: I. Into Light, II. In Darkness, David Yu
Ryan McQuinn: D’Passio’s, Ryan McQuinn
M. Shawn Hundley: A New American Ballad, Rose S. Grace

Jan. 25: Sacred Sounds at Cathedral Church of St. Luke

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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.

Charles Griffin has two works on the program, a gut-wrenching 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.

For more information call or text 407.951.0550.

Canines For Veterans Tickets On Sale Now!

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The Central Florida Composers Forum, Florida poets, and the Sovereign Brass are proud to honor the dedication and service American military veterans by presenting Canines for Veterans, a program of music and poetry November 9, 10, and 11 throughout the state of Florida. Proceeds from these concerts will be donated to K9s For Warriors, a Florida-based charity that provides service dogs to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. The performances are sponsored by the Bryce L. West Foundation, Herschel Lasik, the Timucua Arts Foundation, and Full Sail University.

The concerts will feature patriotic standards as well as world premieres of new music and poems presented by Florida composers and poets. The concert will be performed three times:

  • Nov. 9, 7:30pm
    Trinity Preparatory School Auditorium
    5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park, FL 32792
    also featuring the Trinity Prep Choir
    Tickets: $20 [purchase]
  • Nov. 10, 7:30pm
    University of South Florida School of Music Concert Hall
    4202 East Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33620
    Tickets: $20 [purchase]
  • Nov. 11, 7:30pm
    Community Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville (Atlantic Beach)
    150 Sherry Dr, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
    Tickets: $30 [purchase]

Tickets are on sale now for all three concerts through the links above. Please help us to support the great work K9s For Warriors does to help American military families.

Please also support Artists for Veterans, a companion art auction presented by the Timucua Arts Foundation. The auction will be held Nov. 3, beginning at 5:30pm at the Gallery at Avalon Island in downtown Orlando. See the Timucua projects page for more details.

Oct. 5: Music for Saxophone and Electronics

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You’re invited to a concert of Music for Saxophone and Electronics on Sunday, October 5, 7:30pm at the Orlando White House (2000 S Summerlin Ave.). Timothy Rosenberg, Brian Smithers, and George Weremchuk will perform music by Central Florida composers Thad Anderson and Timothy Stulman, as well as works by Jay Batzner, Bill Ryan, and Morton Subotnick. Admission is free, though guests are encouraged to bring a bottle of wine to share. Donations are welcome to support the group.

Weremchuk and Anderson are professors at the University of Central Florida Music Department. Rosenberg, Stulman, and Smithers teach at Full Sail University. The concert will feature music that combines the expressive range of the saxophone with the infinite sonic possibilities of computer technology.

Fall 2014 Composers Salon Video

Thanks to everyone who came out to last weekend’s concert at the white house. We had a great time and heard some wonderful performances. In case you missed it, we’d like to share this video of excerpts from the performance.

Thanks again for listening. We hope to see you next time. Check back here for information about our upcoming performances.

Mark your calendars for our next concert: Music for Saxophone and Electronics, Oct. 5, 7:30pm at the white house (2000 South Summerlin Ave.). 

Sept. 7: Composers Salon

NCSO at the Orlando white house We are proud to invite the Orlando-area community to our annual Composers Salon concert on Sunday, September 7, 7:30pm at the Orlando White House (2000 S Summerlin Ave.). Admission is free, though guests are encouraged to bring a bottle of wine to share. Donations are welcome to support the group. Come join this exciting group of local artists as they present a truly unique concert experience. Composer Salon Sep 2014 flyer

Salon concerts have long been a tradition in classical music. This performance will include vibrant, modern works from composers working in a diverse array of styles and media. The composers featured in this concert are all local to central Florida, including Larry Adams, Ramy Adly, Eric Brook, John Chapman, Stan Cording, Charles Griffin, David MacDonald, David Nielsen, and Ina Smith.

June 29: CF2 Does Funk

Join us in getting a little funky this summer.

This month at the Orlando White House, local funk band ISM will present a concert of new works by Central Florida composers. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by backing our Indiegogo project. If you can’t make it, you can still get an audio or video recording of the concert by supporting it.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Details:

Sunday, 29 June 2014
7pm
Orlando White House
2000 S Summerlin Ave
Orlando, Fl 32806
Admission: $15, reserve tickets here

Composer’s Salon Fall 2013

The Central Florida Composers Forum Presents:

Composer’s Salon Fall 2013

Sunday, October 27th @ 7:30 PM

Orlando White House
2000 S Summerlin Ave
Orlando, Fl 32806

Join us for an evening of new music by local composers and musicians.  Doors open at 7:00.  The concert is free.  Donations are welcome.  BYOB and food to share.

 

Featured Composers
Paul Haryln, Rebakah Todia, Sun Mi Ro, Bobby Sirkin, David Nielsen. L. Crosby García, Eric Brook, Bob Walker, and Christy Holmes.

 

Featured performers
Nora Lee García, Keith Koons, Jean-Marie Glazier, Greg McCandless, and Michael Brook, and Ian McLeod.

 

Hope to see you there!

Jeff Heisler and I-Chen Yeh

The Heisler / Yeh Duo is coming to the Orlando white house on Sunday, November 24th at 7:30pm. Their concert will feature music by local composers such as Thad Anderson, Scott Dickinson, Robby Elfman, Keith Lay, David Nielsen, Sun Mi Ro, and Justin White.

Tickets can be purchased at https://www.artful.ly/store/events/1603.

Heisler-Yeh Duo

The Heisler / Yeh Duo is an award winning chamber ensemble devoted to the creation and promotion of contemporary for the saxophone and piano. Saxophonist Jeffrey Heisler and pianist I-Chen Yeh have performed throughout the world and have worked with notable composers such as Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Steven Stucky, David Gillingham, Marc Mellits, Andrea Reinkemeyer, Jeff Weston and Timothy Stulman to create new repertoire for this ensemble. Recent concert appearances include performances at (le) poisson rouge (NYC), the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Yamaha Performing Artist Center (Taipei, Taiwan), the Taiwan National Concert Hall, New Music Festivals at Bowling Green State University, Ball State University, Kent State University, and Manchester University, and many other Universities and Conservatories throughout the United States. The Heisler / Yeh Duo is a major proponent for new music, however frequently perform transcriptions, masterpieces of the classical repertoire, and stylized popular music as well.

Members

I-Chen Yeh

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A native of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, award-winning pianist I-Chen Yeh enjoys an international career as a solo and collaborative performer. Among her significant accomplishments include competition prizes throughout Taiwan, Japan, and the United States. A performer devoted to contemporary music, Yeh’s solo and collaborative performances strive to highlight a new and exciting repertory. Her passion for new music has led to collaborations with notable composers such as Steven Stucky, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, David Rakowski, Greg Sandow, and Andres Carrizo. Yeh has appeared at many world renowned music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, the Bowdoin Music Festival, Bowling Green State University’s New Music and Art Festivals, Eastern Music Festival, the Internationale Wiener Musik Seminar, and the Threshold Electroacoustic Festival. Yeh holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BM), the Eastman School of Music (MM), and Bowling Green State University (DMA). Her primary teachers include Laura Melton, Angela Cheng, and Thomas Schumacher. In addition, she is a member of several professional chamber music ensembles, including the Heisler/Yeh Duo with saxophonist, Jeffrey Heisler, the Primary Colors Trio (saxophone, piano, and percussion), and an exciting new piano duo with pianist Jiung Yoon. Currently, Dr. Yeh is on the piano faculties of Bowling Green State University (OH) and Oakland University (MI) and teaches her own private studio (Dr. Yeh’s Piano Studio). http://ichenyeh.weebly.com

Jeffrey Heisler

HeislerAward winning saxophonist, Jeffrey Heisler, has recently been appointed to the faculty of Oakland University (professor of saxophone / associate director of bands). He holds degrees from Bowling Green State University (D.M.A. and M.M.) and Central Michigan University (B.M.E.). Among his many significant accomplishments is a 1st prize gold medal at the 2005 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Outstanding Classical Soloist in Downbeat Magazine’s Music Awards. An advocate of contemporary music, Heisler has worked with several Pulitzer-Prize winning composers such as Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Steve Reich on transcriptions of their works for the saxophone. In 2007, he collaborated with electronic music composer Morton Subotnick in creating a new version of his In Two Worlds for alto saxophone and interactive computer (MAX/MSP). In 2008, he gave the North American premiere of Luciano Berio’s Recit (Chemins VII) for alto saxophone and orchestra and performed the world premieres of his composer approved transcriptions of Steve Reich’s Vermont Counterpoint, Chen Yi’s Monologue, and Louis Andriessen’s Elegy. In addition, he presented the American premiere Entfuhrung by Karlheinz Stockhausen and in 2009, premiered Double Image, a concerto for saxophone(s) and wind ensemble by David R. Gillingham. Prior to his appointment at Oakland University, Heisler served on the faculties of Kent State University and Wayne State University. http://jeffheisler.weebly.com