Willamette Falls Plays Wittry

This Sunday, June 4, the Willamette Falls Symphony in Oregon City, Oregon will perform Mist by Diane Wittry.  The ensemble, which is lead by Dr. Mark Perlman, is a nonprofit community orchestra, and we are delighted to support this performance with a WPA Performance Grant. Wittry is primarily recognized internationally as conductor and clinician, guiding young composers in seminars across the country.  However, in recent years, Wittry has also devoted her time and attention to composition – the results of which have lead to international recognition. Learn more about Mist on Wittry’s website – and for those of us who are unable to attend this…

Upcoming Performances

The fantastic performances keep coming with another round of concerts supported in part by WPA Performance Grants! On Saturday, April 9, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra of Houston will present the world premiere of a new Trombone Concerto by Dorothy Gates (herself also a trombonist) .  The work was commissioned by the ROCO.  Find out more information about the concert here.    TODAY (Apr. 9) you can Listen Live! ROCO  offers their concert today STREAMING  here  –4:20 Central time for composer talk, 5 pm for the concert!    On both Saturday and Sunday, the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, will be…

Allentown Symphony Orchestra World Premiere

The Allentown Symphony Orchestra, winner of a 2014 Performance Grant, will be giving the World Premiere of Ode to Joy Fanfare by Diane Wittry on Saturday, April 11.  The work was written to precede Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.  Wittry has this to say about the work: It’s the melody that everyone who attends the concert wants to hear, but “Ode to Joy,” with words based on a poem by Friedrich Schiller in 1785, sung by four soloists and a chorus doesn’t occur until about 45 minutes into the piece. To solve this dilemma, I decided to write an “Ode to Joy Fanfare”…