Great spending time with wonderful MSU conductor Christopher Kelts in Springfield, Missouri – here enjoying a breakfast together Friday morning, March 24th, before the evening premiere performance of In Passages with soloist, Pamela Davis and the Missouri State University Symphony Orchestra.
Just around the time corner… Friday, March 24th
I’d like to invite you to the world premiere of my orchestral work “In Passages” – for violin soloist and string orchestra by the Missouri State University Symphony with Conductor Christopher Kelts and soloist, Pamela Davis.
The evening promises to be a fabulous concert all-round under the direction of Conductor Christopher Kelts with the MSU Symphony Orchestra and soloist, Pamela Davis, premiering my work, “In Passages” and featured performances by the student musicians winners for the Aria and Concerto competition categories! – Aiyana Williams, soprano and Thomas Sanders, clarinet.
It’s always nice to connect with music colleagues – So, if you can go, please be sure to say hello!
Missouri State University, Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, 525 S John Q Hammons Pkwy, Springfield, MO 65897
P.S. Last year Maestro Kelts and the MSU Symphony delivered an awesome premiere of “Tracing a Dream”
A cool blog post on Second Inversion in celebration of International Women’s Day of women speaking about being women in music. I loved having the chance to chime in too as #20, THANKS Second Inversion
I just posted the second animated segment of the Classical Discoveries broadcast interview for my Dream Vapors CD. This part of the interview is about the emotional inspirations of my music and the concept of “dream vapors.”
The interview was animated by Sabrina Pena Young.
Young is a lecturer and writer on music technology, social media, online collaboration, marketing, and contemporary music, who enjoys combining futuristic fantasy with technology and creating innovative hybrid works that have never been seen before. Her animated opera Libertaria: The Virtual Opera, is the world’s first feature length machinima opera.
Marvin Rosen is the host and producer of the weekly radio program Classical Discoveries on WPRB 103.3FM, Princeton, NJ. This unique radio program is devoted to little known repertoire of all musical periods, with a special mission to expose beautiful, little-known 20th and 21st-century music to audiences.
A Special Thanks to the Musicians for the Premieres and Performances in 2016
Chris Kelts & the Missouri State University Symphony Orchestra, Miolina: Mioi Takeda & Lynn Bechtold, Eva Ingolf, Jane Boxall, Susanne Friedrich, Michael Braudy, Elizabeth A. Baker, and Sylvia Davis Ahramjian.
I am so grateful for your Musical Artistry!
This was a blast to do. Thanks to Sabrina Pena Young for her animation of this interview segment discussing Fast Through Dark Winds. Thanks also to Classical Discoveries Producer & Host, Marvin Rosen for his willingness to be transformed into an animated avatar.
Yes, very cool review by Dr. Anne Neikirk for the IAWM 2016 Fall Journal. As I am self-taught, I am so appreciative to have this kind of in-depth examination of my music from such an insightful and knowledgeable musical perspective. My favorite quote excerpt is:
Worthington’s orchestral writing in Dream Vapors takes us inside the sometimes illogical world of dreams and memories and uses a fusion of styles—ancient, medieval sounds expressed via modality and open sonorities, modernist minimalist ostinato, and classical approaches to basic ideas — to capture components of the human experience.
Kind of cool… during my birthday month I can say my solo piano music will be performed at the “White House”… Of course, that’s The Timucua Arts White House in Orlando, FL. Thanks to pianist, Elizabeth A. Baker and a great arts organization, Timucua Arts!
Sunday, October 16th, 7:30, Elizabeth A. Baker will perform my solo piano piece, Conversation Before the Rain. (p.s. on a real size piano)
Shredding Glass began as an immediate cathartic response to the events and images of September 11, 2001.
It was not until several years had passed that I was able to reconcile some moments of private transcendence into my recollections and thus complete the work.
To me this piece represents the essence of an emotional remembrance of how a sense of time and timelessness unfolded while coping with the realization, heartbreak and impact of this catastrophic event.
I believe the music is ultimately about transcendence and hope that and that it may touch the hearts of others who have similarly experienced the devastating consequences of politically motivated aggressions and tragedies.
This music is in a world of its own. It has an original voice and is quite specific in what it has to say. …This is a very beautiful work, which weaves intricate patterns of sound in an hallucinogenic haze. It’s beautifully orchestrated, the material is well handled and it creates a dreamscape of exquisite allure. There are no heroes here, just we impotent onlookers. – Bob Briggs, MusicWeb-International
An abundant harvest of garlic. Hmm, a marketing niche… “composer-grown organic garlic”?! (& basil too, so gearing into pesto-making mode!)… & waiting to hear more dates & details for some upcoming premieres!
A wonderful new review of Dream Vapors by Jack Sullivan in the July/August issue of American Record Guide is beautifully written and includes these powerful lines as a quote from poet, Theodore Roethke.
There is a deep interiority to this music, which seems directly in touch with a private dreamworld
that the composer makes universal. ‘Tracing a Dream’, which flies into the listener’s imagination like
a dark bird, reminds me of the poet Theodore Roethke’s ‘Night Crow: “Over the gulfs of dream/Flew
a tremendous bird/Further and further away/ Into a moonless black/ Deep in the brain, far back.”
I am pleased to share this special post on PARMA Recordings Blog about the story of connection between my Dream Vapors orchestral album and my artist’s proceeds give back to Alzheimer’s research. I am hoping that every little bit counts.
What a terrific premiere performance of “Tracing a Dream” (start time 5:55) by the Missouri State University Symphony, conducted by Dr. Christopher Kelts. Thanks so much. I’m excitedly looking forward to being there at the MSU Festival for the repeat performance on March 1st.
I did a Composer on Fire podcast with Garrett Hope that I think came out nicely.
Hope you enjoy it.
Garrett’s mission is to give composers, conductors, and innovative thinkers in the new music field, some opportunities to share insights into the career of music, with the hope that it will be helpful to other composers, students, musicians, etc.
(Also, posting it on the chance that it might be of some interest in terms of sharing it with students.)
Always nice to get feedback. Thanks for listening!
Dear Grego Applegate Edwards,
My sources of inspiration are so directly rooted in emotions and my processing and translating life experiences, that it is always my hope that the music can, in turn, resonate with listeners in personal ways. Thank you so much for your thoughtful listening, for your openness, and for this wonderful understanding of my music.
Most appreciatively, Rain Worthington
I’m so excited to announce two career milestones coming in early 2016.
The release of my debut solo orchestral CD, DREAM VAPORS, February 12, 2016 on Navona Records and the March 1, 2016 premiere performance of Tracing a Dream – for orchestra, at the Missouri State University Composition Festival in Springfield, MO.
Where would composers be without the skilled mastery of musicians?
From Iceland to Italy,
California to Virginia to New Hampshire…
Thanks to these wonderfully gifted musicians for their exquisite performances of my music in 2015
I am so grateful for their skill and artistry!
Eva Ingolf, violin, PARMA Music Festival, Circuit Bridges, Vox Novus Festival; Miolina: Mioi Takeda & Lynn Bechtold, violins, Spectrum & Minding Your Business cable show; Ricochet Duo: Rose Chancler, piano & Jane Boxall, marimba, “Woodswoman Project,” Proctor’s Theater; Jane Boxall, solo marimba, “ControCanto: Gli Incontri con le Compositrici 2015”; 2Flutes: Pamela Sklar & Laura Falzon “Two Rivers” & “Woven”; Benedict Goodfriend, violin, Thursday Morning Music Club; Hayk Arsenyan, piano, Composer’s Voice; Janet Jacobson & Seina Shirakura, violins, Women Composers Festival of Hartford, and the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Petr Vronsky, Conductor.