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Selected Events

Upcoming Premieres

Rolston String Quartet

OCTOBER 16, 2020
World Premiere of CON MOTO for percussion quartet by Third Coast Percussion during Featured Composer residency at the 41st Annual New Music Festival, Bowling Green University.

DECEMBER 20, 2020, 3 PM EST
World Premiere of BELL ILLUMINATIONS for solo piano by Daniel Pesca as presented by Constellations Chamber Concerts on this concert in Washington D.C

April 17, 2021
World Premiere of GWENDOLYN BROOKS SETTINGS for Treble Chorus and Orchestra. Text by Gwendolyn Brooks. World premiere by Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus and the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Stilian Kirov, conducting, Charles Sundquist, Chorus, Director. This commission and associated activities are partially supported by a 2019 grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and Illinois Humanities.

MAY 2, 2021
World Premiere of MAGIC GARDENS for string quartet performed by Rolston String Quartet at the Perelman Theatre in the Kimmel Center during the celebrations of Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia’s 200th anniversary. This was commissioned by the McCollin Fund and the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, Linda Reichert, President, in celebration of the organization’s Bicentennial.

AUGUST 2021
World Premiere of NEW WORK for string quartet commissioned by The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Marc Neikrug, Artistic Director and premiered by FLUX Quartet

AUTUMN 2021
World Premiere of DANCE MOBILE for 13 player or chamber orchestra. Commissioned by the Howard Hanson Institute for American Music in Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Eastman School of Music; premiered by Brad Lubman conducting the ESM Musica Nova, Rochester, NY

OCTOBER 17, 2021
World Premiere of FAR PAST WAR for large chorus and orchestra commissioned and premiered by the Cathedral Choral Society of Washington, D.C., conducted by Steven Fox in the Washington National Cathedral. Made possible by the William Remsen Strickland Endowment Fund “to remember the concerts of the Cathedral Choral Society during World War II.”

DATE TBD, 2021
World Premiere of SUN DANCE for orchestra commissioned by the Indianapolis Symphony, conducted by Music Director Krzysztof Urbanski.

DATE TBD, 2021
World Premiere of BEADS OF SUNLIGHT for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, and Cello commissioned by Music Teachers' Association of California; performed by students at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport, 5711 Century Blvd., Los Angeles, California.

DATE TBD, 2021
World Premiere of STAR BOX for percussion quartet, Commissioned by Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra for a world premiere by Sandbox Percussion. In Memoriam Jacob Druckman.

 

Upcoming Events

NOVEMBER 13, 2020, 7:30 PM
SUN THREADS for string quartet, Movement #2 Invocations will be performed before a limited, socially distanced audience by the string quartet of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra presented at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music with the Tommy Banks Institute for Musical Creativity.

NOVEMBER 14, 2020, 4 PM and 8 PM
SUN THREADS for string quartet, Movement #2 Invocations will be performed before a limited, socially distanced audience by the string quartet of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra presented at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music with the Tommy Banks Institute for Musical Creativity.

NOVEMBER 15, 2020, 4 PM
SUN THREADS for string quartet, Movement #2 Invocations will be performed before a limited, socially distanced audience by the string quartet of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra presented at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music with the Tommy Banks Institute for Musical Creativity.

NOVEMBER 17, 2020, 3 PM
EAGLE AT SUNRISE for string quartet performed by the Rockefeller String Quartet of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Trisha McGovern Freeney, violin; Linnaea Brophy, violin; Katherine Reynolds, viola; and Jacob Wunsch, cello.