From the 8BC to Carnegie Hall: The improbable journey of composer Rain Worthington
From the 8BC to Carnegie Hall: The improbable journey of composer Rain Worthington
TUTTI Festival Thursday, 7:30 pm March 5, 2020: Conductor Philip Rudd will lead the TUTTI Festival Orchestra in a performance of Yet Still Night at Michael D. Eisner Center for the Performing Arts-Sharon Martin Hall, Denison University, Granville, OH
I am thrilled to announce this career highlight. Conductor Miran Vaupotić and Distinguished Concerts International NY (DCINY) selected my short orchestral piece Still Motion for their “Perpetual Light” concert program.
Here’s a preview excerpt video I created with the opening of Still Motion.
Wow, this is a wild ride that you will need to approach with a full open mind and adventurously open ears! With the erudition of a musicologist, Dave Lake is interested in all facets of the music scene. So in his exploration of my journey to becoming a composer it made total sense to add music from my early downtown NYC ensembles, Zone and Hizohi into the mix. Then moving on to some of my first notated instrumental duos and on to some pivotal orchestral pieces! It’s a journey for the adventurous for sure! On WRUU Contemporary Classics 107.5 FM Savannah, GA.
(The core Zone ensemble was bass Mitch McNeil, percussion Mustafa Ahmed, sax Charles Compo, guitar Mark Worthy, Susan Smith Compo adding some occasional vocals & me on a very basic early Casio keyboard. The Roulette performance is a duo gig with vocalist Jill Burton and me on synth. Music tracks also feature 2Flutes: Pamela Sklar & Laura Falzon; violinist Moonkyung Lee, & pianist Martha Locker; cellist Petr Nouzovský, conductor Petr Vronsky & the Moravian Philharmonic; and a shout out to cellist, Carmine Miranda and PARMA Recordings.)
Many thanks to musicologist & music journalist, Ona Jarmalavičiūtė for her intriguing questions and to Classical Music Daily for the publication of this profile conversation.
“Universality of Emotion”
Ona Jarmalavičiūtė talks to American composer Rain Worthington
Wow, I had a fantastic live-stream recording session today (with the full moon setting early morning NY time). PARMA Recordings‘ international sessions manager Jan Košulič, conductor Stanislav Vavrinek, & the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava musicians were terrific. The recording of “Shadows of the Wind” turned out gorgeous! I am one happy composer!
7-9 pm Wednesday, September 25th at The Tank. If you are a fan of beautiful flute music… here you have 2Flutes! Laura Falzon & Pamela Sklar are celebrating the release of their album “New York Tapestries” with a release party concert.
The CD weaves together works by composers Marilyn Bliss, Rain Worthington, Pamela Sklar, Alyssa Reit and Victoria Bond to form a tapestry of the city, creating a diversity of musical narratives and conversations.
Composers & works featured
Marilyn Bliss IT WAS THE WIND
Rain Worthington DUETS FOR A DUO
Alyssa Reit WHEN THE CLOUDS CLEAR
Pamela Sklar FLASHES OF INSPIRATION AND JOY
Victoria Bond WOVEN
Cadenza- Rain Worthington, composer Part 1
Cadenza- Rain Worthington, composer Part 2
Producer/Host David Osenberg concludes his “Summer Celebration of Women” on Cadenza, with a two-part conversation with Rain Worthington, Composer on WWFM – The Classical Network.
One of my great pleasures is having conversations about ideas, life, art and music. So, it was a treat to meet up with David Osenberg in New York City. David is a wonderful interviewer and easy conversationalist. Hope you enjoy listening.
Both segments are posted online, along with David’s phenomenal line up of previous Cadenza interviews!
Sunday, September 22, 2019 @ 5pm Violinist, Kinga Augustyn joins pianist, David Oei at the Mezzrow Classical Salon for an intimate recital of works by Johannes Brahms, Saint- Säens, Sergei Prokofiev, Henryk Wieniawski & Rain Worthington. Program includes Kinga’s beautiful performance of “An Evening Indigo” for solo violin.
Reservations $20 General/$10 students.
It was a wonderful treat and honor to be asked by Sonograma Magazine to write an article about my music. I am very proud of my article focusing on the “The Communicative Mystery of Instrumental Music.” It was an interesting process to formulate these thoughts about the intuitive emotional communication in music.
Plus what a great online format in Sonograma Magazine that allows for videos, audio and score samples to be part of the graphic presentation. Check it out online at Sonograma.
Many thanks to Maria Ivanova, Communication & Design editor.
Hope you enjoy it. (the article is written in English)
It was a total thrill to be in Limeira, Brazil with conductor, Rodrigo Müller and the Orquestra Sinfonica de Limeira for the world premiere performance of Shredding Glass. So happy to be with Mark Berger, Author and friends Rafael Torralvo, Artistic Director of the Encontro Internacional de Cordas, Luisa Pambuan, cellist Ji Yon Shim, Farid Zaine, Edilaine Torralvo & family after the concert!
June 27, 2019 Conductor Rodrigo Müller and the Orquestra Sinfônica de Limeira will present the World Premiere performance of Shredding Glass at the Teatro Vitória, in Limeira, SP, Brazil. The concert will take place as part of the VI Encontro Internacional de Cordas festival.
I’m also excited to announce that Brazilian contrabassist, Sergio de Oliveira will perform my piece, “BaDaBaDaDa” for solo contrabass June 26, at the classical string festival, VI Encontro Internacional de Cordas, Limeira, Brazil.
I am pleased to say that flutist Erëmira Çitaku & harpist Cagatay, Akyol presented the world premiere of my miniature Imagined Tango for flute and harp at the National Library of Kosovo/ Biblioteka Kombëtare e Kosovës, Prishtinë, Kosovë. Thank you also to Dafina Zeqiri Nushi for coordinating this collaboration.
Thursday, May 30 at 8pm the Locrian Chamber Players present a program of music of our time at Riverside Church. Program includes the violin duet Night Stream.
The Locrian Chamber Players are a group of performers and composers dedicated to the music of our time. Their concerts are devoted exclusively to works less than a decade old, and their programs include both established and emerging composers. They perform contemporary music without pre-concert discussions and voluminous program notes, believing that the best music, when presented directly, speaks for itself.
This was fun! Hope you enjoy this new “Inside Story” Q&A for the orchestral release of “Full Circle” on PRISMA Vol 2 beautifully recorded by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Petr Vronský, Conductor, & Petr Nouzovský, cello soloist.
Talking about my very first piano concert, my first mentor composer/pianist Charlemagne Palestine, friend and master cellist Carmine Miranda and more. Thanks PARMA Recordings!
The new PARMA Recordings‘ album, PRISMA Vol 2 includes Full Circle – for cello soloist and orchestra beautifully recorded by cellist Petr Nouzovský with conductor Petr Vronský and the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra. As reviewed by Núria Serra for Sonograma Magazine, Suplement de discos, 29 Abril, 2019
Petr Vronský, with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, reflects the emotional density of the work Full Circle, for soloist cello and small orchestra by the composer Rain Worthington. The American composer expresses herself with a remarkable chromaticism, strongly rooted in her musical language. The Czech cellist Petr Nouzovský exposes, with ardent delivery, the concise and clear voice of Worthington.
Violin soloist Kinga Augustyn offers a demanding and evocative program of 20th and 21st Century works that push the boundaries of both instrument and player. Sparks fly when bow meets string in this extraordinary salon-style performance.
Kinga Augustyn is a Polish-born, New York City-based classical concert violinist and recording artist. She has been described as stylish and vibrant (The Strad Magazine), and beyond amazing, one hell of a violinist! (Fanfare Magazine).
The program includes works by New York Women Composers, Debra Kaye, Jessica Meyer, Kala Pierson and Rain Worthington’s An Evening Indigo and Frost Vapors.
Thursday, May 16 at 8pm, Queens New Music Festival, The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City, NY.
Now Available – “In Passages” for violin soloist and string orchestra on Navona Records BENEATH THE TIDE – Beautifully performed by the Croatian Chamber Orchestra (Hrvatski komorni orkestar), Miran Vaupotić, Conductor, and Mojca Ramušćak, violin soloist.
* Amazon * ArkivMusic * iTunes * Spotify * AppleMusic * Score: PARMA Music Publishing
World Premiere: by Christopher Kelts, conducting the Missouri State University Symphony Orchestra with violin soloist, Pamela Davis
European Premiere: in Italy with Maestro Claudio Scimone with I Solisti Veneti and Chiara Parrini, violin soloist
South American Premiere: in Brazil with the V Encontro Internacional de Cordas Orchestra, Paula Sant’ana conducting and Sylvia Ahramjian the violin soloist
Texas Premiere: with Emanuel Godoy conducting the Lux Musicae Ensemble with Emily Madonia, violin soloist
These performances are very sweet and gratifying affirmations that the music can be performed successfully and beautifully by a range of musicians from advanced students to master professionals!