Kenneth Fuchs and JoAnn Falletta Record Fourth Disc with the LSOComposer Kenneth Fuchs and conductor JoAnn Falletta completed their fourth recording with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, August 30 – September 1. Physical discs and digital formats of their collaboration will be released worldwide on Naxos American Classics in 2014. The recording features baritone and Naxos artist Roderick Williams and is produced by Grammy Award-winner Tim Handley. Repertoire includes: Falling Man (for baritone voice and orchestra); Movie House (seven poems by John Updike for baritone voice and chamber ensemble); and Songs of Innocence and of Experience (four poems by William Blake for baritone voice and chamber ensemble).
Kenneth Fuchs, JoAnn Falletta, and Roderick Williams on the steps of Abbey Road Studios
Kenneth Fuchs greets the LSO on the first day of recording in Abbey Road Studio 1
JoAnn Falletta, Roderick Williams, and the LSO record Falling Man in Abbey Road Studio 1
JoAnn Falletta, Roderick Williams, and members of the LSO record Songs of Innocence and of Experience in Abbey Road Studio 2
Kenneth Fuchs, JoAnn Falletta, producer Tim Handley, along with engineer Jonathan Allen, members of the LSO, and Roderick Williams listen to a playback of Songs of Innocence and of Experience in the control room of Abbey Road Studio 2
Phillip Sommerich of Classical Music magazine interviews Kenneth Fuchs and JoAnn Falletta about their latest recording with the LSO
Fanfare interviews Kenneth Fuchs — The New AmericanaFanfare magazine, in its September/October 2013 issue, published an extended interview with Kenneth Fuchs, in which he discusses life as a composer in the 21st Century, balancing commercial viability with artistic integrity, recent recordings, the state of public music education, and upcoming projects.
Rush on the National MallThe United States Air Force Band, under the baton of Commander Larry H. Lang, performs Kenneth Fuchs’s saxophone concerto, Rush, on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, National Mall, Washington D.C., July 16, 2013. The saxophone soloist was TSgt Ricky Parrell.
Naxos releases CD of chamber music by Kenneth FuchsOn April 1st, Naxos released Kenneth Fuchs’s fourth disc on its “American Classics” label. The disc consists of three chamber works:
I. Falling Canons was composed especially for pianist and host of NPR's From the Top, Christopher O'Riley. The work grows out of compositional elements from Falling Man, an extended scena for baritone voice and orchestra based on a fragment from Don DeLillo’s powerful post-9/11 novel Falling Man. The London Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of JoAnn Falletta, will record Falling Man by Kenneth Fuchs for Naxos in August 2013.
II. String Quartet No. 5 ("American") was commissioned especially for the Delray String Quartet, based in South Florida. The large-scale work embraces in sound and spirit the stylistic influences of the American symphonic school that have dominated Fuchs’s recent orchestral scores. The music is alternately lyrical and playful, sometimes brusque and muscular, at times elegiac, and it is meant to suggest the resilience and brash optimism of the American spirit.
III. Falling Trio was commissioned by American pianist Jeffrey Biegel for Trio21 with violinist Kinga Augustyn and cellist Robert deMaine. The première performance was given at Bargemusic, an enclosed floating chamber music venue moored under the Brooklyn Bridge with a picture window view of lower Manhattan and Ground Zero.
For details, see the feature on this disc on the Naxos website
Gramophone magazine video interview with Kenneth FuchsJames Jolly, editor-in-chief of Gramophone magazine, interviewed Kenneth Fuchs and conductor JoAnn Falletta after the recording of Fuchs’s third and most recent disc with the London Symphony Orchestra. Jolly has posted on Gramophone’s blog a video interview, “A session report – with photos – from Abbey Road for Kenneth Fuchs’s new Naxos album.” See the Gramophone video interview.
Naxos releases third CD of music by Kenneth FuchsNaxos released a recording of works by Kenneth Fuchs on its "American Classics" label in August 2012. The CD features the London Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of internationally known conductor JoAnn Falletta, with soloists Michael Ludwig, concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Paul Silverthorne, principal violist of the LSO. The CD was recorded at Abbey Road Studios, the legendary recording facility in London, with Grammy Award-winning producer Tim Handley and engineer Jonathan Allen in charge of recording and production. The CD includes five works:
- Divinum Mysterium (Concerto for Viola and Orchestra)
- American Rhapsody (Romance for Violin and Orchestra)
- Atlantic Riband (for Orchestra)
- Concerto Grosso (for String Quartet and String Orchestra)
- Discover the Wild (for Orchestra)
The CD and individual tracks are available for download at Naxos, Classics Online and iTunes.
U.S. Air Force Band of Flight premières From the Field to the SkyThe United States Air Force Band of Flight, Daniel W. Boothe, Commander and Conductor, commissioned Kenneth Fuchs to write From the Field to the Sky (Celebration Fanfare for Brass and Percussion). The Band of Flight Concert Band performed the première as part of “Summon the Heroes: A Veterans Day Concert” on November 3. The concert paid special tribute to all veterans and their families and included two world premières, a variety of marches, vocal selections, patriotic music, and a concert finale featuring more than 100 children from the Kettering Children’s Choir. The Concert Band presented the piece on a tour of Michigan, including Battle Creek, Interlochen, Dearborn, Port Huron, and Grand Rapids — see performance information below.Kenneth Fuchs and 1st Lieutenant Daniel W. Boothe
150th Anniversary CommissionThe Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, André Raphel, Music Director, has commissioned Kenneth Fuchs to compose a fanfare-overture for orchestra in celebration of the sesquicentennial of West Virginia statehood. The première will take place at a commemoration concert on June 20, 2013. Following the orchestral première, Fuchs will also create a version of the work for band, which will be performed by high school ensembles throughout West Virginia. For more information about the WSO, visit their website at: http://wheelingsymphony.com/2012/05/09/announcing-our-2012-2013-season/
Sylvan Winds perform Autumn RhythmSylvan Winds performed Kenneth Fuchs’s Autumn Rhythm (Idyll for Woodwind Quintet After a Painting by Jackson Pollock), on a program titled Art as Muse, at the Jack Tilton Gallery in New York City, May 23, 2012. The quintet members are Svjetlana Kabalin, flute; Kathy Halvorson, oboe; Pavel Vinnitsky, clarinet; Adrian Morejon, bassoon; and Eric Davis, horn. For the ending of Autumn Rhythm, three instruments change to their deeper-pitched counterparts: flute to alto flute; oboe to English horn; and clarinet to bass clarinet. Hear the ending as performed by members of the London Symphony Orchestra:
Morejon, Halvorson, Kabalin, Fuchs, Vinnitsky & DavisWind Quintet: Autumn Rhythm
Hal Leonard publishes Canticle to the SunHal Leonard Corporation is publishing the piano-reduction version of Canticle to the Sun (Concerto for Horn and Orchestra). Kenneth Fuchs wrote this concerto for Timothy Jones, principal hornist of the London Symphony Orchestra. The concerto is based on the hymn tune “All Creatures of Our God and King.” The solo part and piano reduction are available from Hal Leonard; orchestral parts are available on rental from Theodore Presser Company.
Delray String Quartet premières and records String Quartet No. 5 (“American”)The Delray String Quartet, which commissioned Kenneth Fuchs to compose his String Quartet No. 5 (“American”), gave the work its première performance on Sunday January 15 at The Colony Hotel and Cabaña Club in Delray Beach, Florida. Read a review here. The performance was repeated at All Saints Episcopal Church in Fort Lauderdale on January 20 and Sunday January 22 at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Coconut Grove. The following day, the Delray String Quartet recorded the work, with the composer in attendance and the legendary Judith Sherman as producer. Naxos will release the recording, along with Trio21 performing the Fuchs Falling Trio and pianist Christopher O’Riley performing Falling Canons, both of which Sherman recorded last year. The commission for the quartet resulted from the Delray String Quartet’s performance of Fuchs’s String Quartet No. 4 in December 2010. The quartet members are Mei Mei Luo and Tomas Cotik, violins; Richard Fleischman, viola; Claudio Jaffé, cello. For more information about the Delray String Quartet, visit their website at www.delraystringquartet.com
Luo, Cotik, Fuchs, Fleischman and Jaffé
Spartanburg Philharmonic premières Falling ManKenneth Fuchs takes a bow with baritone James Maddalena and music director Sarah Ioannides following the world première of Falling Man by the Spartanburg Philharmonic on September 10, 2011. The work sets to music the prologue of Don DeLillo’s searing post-9/11 novel Falling Man, with a libretto by poet J.D. McClatchy. The Spartanburg Herald-Journal called the work “remarkable,” with “orchestral interjections of great beauty and power.”
Falling Man is cast in the form of a dramatic scena for baritone voice and orchestra. The work’s principal melodic and harmonic elements are organized around a falling 12-tone theme, fragments of which emerge at the outset, first in the orchestra and then with the setting of the first line of text, “This was the world now, a time and space of falling ash and near night.”
Trio21 premières Falling TrioTrio21 — Jeffrey Biegel, piano, Kinga Augustyn, violin, and Robert deMaine, cello — commissioned Kenneth Fuchs to write Falling Trio for the opening concert of their 2011–12 season and performed the world première at Bargemusic in Brooklyn, New York, on September 18, 2011. The trio is based on the theme of Falling Man and was performed with lower Manhattan and the rising Freedom Tower as the backdrop. The group recorded the work the following day for inclusion on an upcoming disc of Fuchs’s chamber music to be released by Naxos. For more information about Trio21, visit their website at www.trio-21.com.
The Falling Man theme is organized around a sequence of 12 different descending pitches and is developed as a set of seven fantasy variations, each a canon on successive ascending scalar pitches. Falling Trio also features a lyrical “reconciliation theme,” interpolated twice in the work, with which the instruments attempt to reconcile the work’s tonal and non-tonal musical language.
JoAnn Falletta rehearses Canticle to the Sun in ChileMusic Director JoAnn Falletta and Principal Horn Jacek Muzyk, both of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, performed Canticle to the Sun (Concerto for Horn and Orchestra) with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile, Santiago, Teatro Universidad de Chile, July 8-9, 2011. Read a review excerpt here.
Space Coast Symphony Orchestra performs United ArtistsOn June 25 and 26, at Merritt Island and Vero Beach, Florida, the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra and conductor Aaron Collins performed Kenneth Fuchs’ United Artists. The program included concertos by Keith Emerson and Leroy Anderson performed by Jeffrey Biegel. Photo: Rod Ostoski
Collins, Fuchs and Biegel
Blog features Kenneth Fuchs's choral musicRead the feature about Kenneth Fuchs's choral music on the Yelton Rhodes Music blog Choralicious!
Christopher O’Riley premières Falling CanonsChristopher O'Riley, one of the leading pianists of his generation and host of NPR's From the Top, gave the première performance of Kenneth Fuchs's Falling Canons for piano at the Caramoor Festival on July 30, 2010, in Katonah, New York. He continued to perform them in concerts during the 2010—2011 season. The seven canons are based on the theme from Fuchs's extended work for baritone voice and orchestra Falling Man. Hear three preview performances O'Riley gave on From the Top broadcasts:Falling Canon No. 1Falling Canon No. 2Falling Canon No. 3
Saxophone concerto commissionRyan Janus, principal saxophonist of the United States Air Force Academy Band (Colorado Springs), has organized a consortium to commission Kenneth Fuchs to compose a saxophone concerto. Fuchs is composing both a band and orchestral version of the concerto. For more information about the project, visit Ryan Janus's website at www.ryanjanus.com/commissions.html
Air Force Academy Band records United ArtistsThe U.S. Air Force Academy Band (Colorado Springs, Colorado), has released Windscapes, a disc that includes Kenneth Fuchs’s United Artists. Lt. Col. Larry H. Lang, commander and conductor, commissioned the band transcription from the original work for orchestra. Score and parts available here. Hear an excerpt from United Artists:United Artists (for Band)
Hal Leonard publishes United Artists and Discover the Wild for wind ensembleHal Leonard Corporation has published Discover the Wild (Overture for Band) as part of its Concert Band Series. The company, America’s largest seller of band music, describes the piece: “this powerful work opens with the horn section stating the main theme … A beautiful and lyrical middle theme creates a mesmerizing and calming effect before the opening theme and faster pace makes a return for the dramatic finish. Concisely scored with an intriguing variety of textures, this is an impressive work for contest or festival. Dur: 4:40." Score and parts available here. Discover the Wild is Fuchs’s second addition to the Hal Leonard Concert Band Series. The first, United Artists, was published in 2009: “From the striking opening chords to the blazing woodwind passages and dynamic brass and percussion writing, you are in for a special treat with this powerful concert opener by acclaimed composer Kenneth Fuchs. Commissioned by the USAF Academy Band, Colorado Springs, CO, this is certain to become an important addition to the repertoire for winds. Dur: 5:30." Score and parts available here.
Second Fuchs CD with the London Symphony OrchestraNaxos released a new disc of orchestral and chamber works by Kenneth Fuchs recorded by conductor JoAnn Falletta leading the LSO. A conductor visiting London reported, "The orchestra started raving about your music the moment I got here! And don’t forget: that praise is coming from the musicians." The disc is available for sampling and downloading at Amazon, Naxos and iTunes, and available for purchase as a CD at Amazon. Repertoire includes
- United Artists (for Orchestra)
- Canticle to the Sun (Concerto for Horn and Orchestra), composed especially for principal Timothy Jones
- Autumn Rhythm (Idyll for Woodwind Quintet After a Painting by Jackson Pollock)
- Fire, Ice, and Summer Bronze (After Two Works on Paper by Helen Frankenthaler), for brass quintet
- Quiet in the Land (American Idyll), for flute, clarinet, English horn, viola, and cello.
Kenneth Fuchs tracks available on iTunesThree albums of music by Kenneth Fuchs — Canticle to the Sun and An American Place, both recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra, and String Quartets 2, 3, 4, recorded by the American String Quartet — are available for sampling and downloading from iTunes. Also available is Christina’s World, recorded by the University of Miami Wind Ensemble. See links here.Left: 2005 Grammy®Award nominee, "Best Instrumental soloist with Orchestra" (Thomas Stacy, English horn, and JoAnn Falletta, conductor, for Eventide) and "Producer of the Year, Classical" (Michael Fine)
Air Force Band of Liberty records On Silver WingsThe U.S. Air Force Band of Liberty (Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts), has released On Silver Wings, a disc that includes Kenneth Fuchs’s piece of the same title. Lt. Col. Larry H. Lang, commander and conductor, commissioned three of the nine works, including On Silver Wings. The CD is sent primarily to the military, libraries, schools, and universities. To request a copy, write toSSgt Jason MillotFive tracks are available online in MP3 format. Hear an excerpt from On Silver Wings, by Kenneth Fuchs:
USAF Band of Liberty
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HAFB MA, 01731On Silver Wings
Discover the Wild (Overture for Orchestra)Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Sarah Ioannides, conductor
September 28, 2013, 7 p.m.
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Rush (Concerto for E-flat Alto Saxophone and Orchestra) — world premièreSpace Coast Symphony Orchestra
Aaron Collins, conductor
George Weremchuk, saxophone
- November 9, 2013, 7 p.m.
Vero Beach Performing Arts Center
1707 16th Street
Vero Beach, Florida
- November 10, 2013, 3 p.m.
The Scott Center
5625 Holy Trinity Drive
- November 9, 2013, 7 p.m.
Eventide (Concerto for English Horn and Orchestra)Kevin Chavez, English horn
Carol Ann Archer, piano
November 10, 2013 4 p.m.
Newtown Presbyterian Church
Forever Free (Fanfare-Overture for Orchestra)Wheeling Symphony Youth Orchestra
Matthew Inkster, conductor
December 3, 2013
Vance Memorial Church
Wheeling, West Virginia
Here and Now Winter Festival at BargemusicFulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn, New York
Falling Canons (Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 5)Olga Vinokur, piano
January 3, 2014, 4 p.m.
String Quartet No. 4Jennifer Choi and Pala Garcia, violins; Kyle Armbrust, viola; Michael Nicolas, violoncello
January 2, 2014, 7 p.m. and January 3, 2014, 4 p.m.
Forever Free (Overture for Band)Edwin O. Smith High School Symphonic Band
Aaron Burgess, conductor
January 9, 2014, 7 p.m.
von der Mehden Recital Hall
University of Connecticut
Discover the Wild (Overture for Orchestra)Orange County School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra
Christopher Russell, conductor
February 21, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Orange County School of the Arts Symphony Hall
Santa Ana, California
Discover the Wild (Overture for Orchestra)University of Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Harvey Felder, conductor
March 6, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
von der Mehden Recital Hall
University of Connecticut
String Quartet No. 4Delray String Quartet
(Mei Mei Luo and Tomas Cotik, violins; Richard Fleischman, viola; Claudio Jaffé, cello)
The program, "Three Centuries of String Quartets," includes Haydn, Op. 20, No. 5, and Tchaikovsky No. 1.
- All Saints Episcopal Church
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Friday, March 7, 2014, 8 p.m.
- The Colony Hotel and Cabaña Club
Delray Beach, Florida
Sunday, March 9, 2014, 4 p.m.
- All Saints Episcopal Church
Discover the Wild (Overture for Orchestra)Buffalo State College Philharmonia
Paul K. Ferington, conductor
March 18, 2014, 7 p.m.
Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall
Buffalo, New York
Autumn Rhythm (Idyll for Woodwind Quintet After a Painting by Jackson Pollock)Olmos Ensemble (Martha Long, flute and alto flute; Mark Ackerman, oboe and English horn;
Ilya Shterenberg, clarinet and bass clarinet; Sharon Kuster, bassoon; Jeff Garza, horn)
April 7, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
First Unitarian Universalist Church
San Antonio, Texas