April 20, 2022: A World Premiere of my “Dream Vapors” Suite to be performed by the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra in Yerevan, Armenia.
I love their mission statement! “Home of enthusiasts with a shared vision of elevating spiritual excellence of human nature by the power of classical music and effectively making the world a better place through noble art.”
Just wish I could teleport to join them for this premiere!
I am thrilled to announce the digital release of PASSAGES THROUGH TIME, an exciting creative step in my composing career.
Thanks to the incredibly masterful musicians who have brought my music to life and to the PARMA Recordings team for bringing this album to fruition.
This collection of orchestral and chamber works is close to my heart.
Three works were written in 2020, and include the premiere recording of Dreaming Through Fog.
There’s an encore release of violinist Audrey Wright‘s gorgeous recording of Balancing on the Edge of Shadows with pianist Yundu Wang, the official release of cellist Carmine Miranda‘s beautiful rendition of Resolves, and my violin duet Night Stream, plus remasters of several expansive orchestral pieces recorded with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Petr Vronský Conductor and the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanislav Vavřínek Conductor, and In Passages for violin soloist and string orchestra recorded by the Croatian Chamber Orchestra, Miran Vaupotić, Conductor.
The mysterious and evocative paths through which instrumental music can communicate the universality of human experiences always intrigue me. I invite you to delve into this nonverbal realm of our primal commonality, through musical journeys that can be delicate and vulnerable, yet powerful and transporting.
For those in the Baltimore, MD area, I’d like to invite you to Audrey Wright’s debut album release concert on Friday, February 25, at 7pm.
(Streaming tickets are available as well and accessible up to March 3rd.)
It will be a beautiful concert and I’d love to say hello if you can attend in person.
Violinist Audrey Wright and pianist Yundu Wang will perform works from their brand new album THINGS IN PAIRS, including the concert premiere of Balancing on the Edge of Shadows.
Available on * AmazonMusic * YouTube Music * AppleMusic * Deezer * Spotify *
Excitingly anticipating the February 11th debut album release by violinist Audrey Wright – THINGS IN PAIRS on Navona Records will include the premiere recording of “Balancing on the Edge of Shadows” commissioned for the album. Check out the beautiful premiere music video exquisitely performed by Audrey and pianist Yundu Wang, with sound responsive lighting created by Geoff Robertson for this video project. Very cool.
The version premiere of “On Curious Reflection” for vibe and piano, performed by Hypercube members: pianist Andrea Lodge and percussionist Chris Graham.
December 15, 2021 at the Greenwich House School of Music, New York City.
It’s been a long time coming – now in the year of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, I’m excited that Maestro Ulysses James will conduct the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic in the first North American performances of “Shredding Glass“. Both performances will be on Sunday, December 12, 2021. 2:30 at the Annandale United Methodist Church, Annandale, VA and 7:30 at the historic George Washington Masonic National Memorial, Alexandria, VA. Purchase tickets.
“Shredding Glass” began as an immediate cathartic response to the events and images of September 11, 2001. 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.
October 25: Joel Braun performed a concert of works for Double Bass, including DB versions of Jilted Tango & Steps in the Night.
Video features Joel’s gorgeously sensitive performance of this version of “Steps in the Night” for double bass. October 25, 2021 Faculty Recital at the Butler School of Music, University of Texas/Austin.
Check out the premiere performance videos of works that are the opening & closing works from a “pandemic suite” trio. Within Deep Currents was premiered by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanislav Vavřínek, Conductor. And, Turning Tides was commissioned by the Portland Youth Philharmonic for the Portland Youth Philharmonic Conservatory Orchestra strings.
(FYI, both works are suitable for youth orchestras)
North/South Consonance string ensemble performs the North American premiere of “Within Deep Currents in the North/South Season Finale Concert, June 29th Live webcast from St. John’s in the Village, NYC.
Within Deep Currents conveys some of the feelings I have had during this epic time of a global pandemic – a sense of immersion within a flow of time and a feeling of being slowly pulled along by underlying currents, as dynamic forces exert their influences through an interplay of diverse energies.
I hope you’ll tune in …& out & back in again… to catch some of this Composer’s Studio podcast, from your favorite listening spot. It will be available May 30th forward. (on Facebook, or your favorite sources for podcasts)
Composer Rain Worthington on Composer’s Studio. “Magical Realism, Reflective, Musical Angels“… Great taglines thanks to Tarik!
I loved having the chance to have a conversation with Tarik Ghiradella and Anna Linvill for their Composer’s Studio podcasts!
Tarik writes: “Magical Realism, Reflective, Musical Angels… These are some of the things that come to mind when listening to Worthington’s Music. Join us this Sunday, May 30th as we dive into the deep currents of Worthington’s musical stream, her muse and the emotional force that drives the still-motion of her creativity. Sunday, May 30th at https://www.facebook.com/composersstudio or wherever you get your podcasts.”
Thanks for listening whenever you can!
Check out the Portland Youth Conservatory Orchestra premiere of my commissioned piece “Turning Tides“
I am totally excited to invite you to the Portland Youth Philharmonic New Music Festival Vol. 2: “The Orchestra Strikes Back” Saturday, April 10 at 7pm PT (10pm EDT).
The PYP strings will perform the premiere of my commissioned piece “Turning Tides.”
These young musicians deserve so much respect for preserving with their music studies through the pandemic. Plus, they have been performing brand new works by contemporary composers!
Please show your support with an e-ticket purchase for the PYP New Music Festival Vol. 2 Saturday, April 10 at 7pm PT (10pm EDT). E-tickets are on a “pay-what-you-can” scale. A free e-ticket is also an option. All payments made towards our virtual concerts are considered tax-deductible donations.
Can’t make it at 7:00 PM? Sign-up for an e-ticket for the watch link. After the concert has “aired,” you can watch it on your own time through the same link. Please fill out a ticket form for each email address where you would like to receive the link to watch.
PYPFEST Vol. 2 features 10 new compositions primarily by women and musicians of color (as part of the Youth Orchestra Commissioning Initiative), performed by all of our ensembles.
Commissioned composers include Eduardo Alonso-Crespo, Tatev Amiryan, Jonathan Bingham, Sakari Dixon Vanderveer, Erberk Eryılmaz, Gabriel A. Meneses, Gordon Rencher, Bruce Stark, James Stephenson, and Rain Worthington.
Composer Rain Worthington’s new composition for unaccompanied cello, and it needed a title. We thought it might be fun for one of our Cello Museum family members to help her name the piece through a contest.
**J. Shea: “Steps in the Night“
*Susanne Friedrich: “Lonely Voyage“,
*Jacqueline Ridgeway: “Megaliths“,
*Roger Morelló Ros: “In Search of Hope“,
*Chris Robinson: “The Other Side of Tomorrow” & “As Time Evaporates“,
*Sean Penzo: “Shadows Dance“,
*Kevin Akin: “Night Ramble“,
*Corbin Keep: “Nectere“,
*Judy Lemke: “I Shall Not Go Gently“
“Within Deep Currents” conveys some of the feelings I have had during this epic time of a global pandemic – a sense of immersion within a flow of time and a feeling of being slowly pulled along by underlying currents, as dynamic forces exert their influences through an interplay of diverse energies. – RW
Recorded by the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava, Conductor, Stanislav Vavřínek.
World Premiere 2020: Moravian Philharmonic (Moravská filharmonie Olomouc), with conductor Stanislav Vavřínek, Olomouc, Czech Republic.
I am honored that bassist Joel Braun selected my piece BaDaBaDaDa for his presentation at the Texas Music Educators Association 2021 Convention. Joel will be presenting an excerpt, but also generously made this performance video of the full piece. I love the sense of lyricism and sensitivity of dynamics he brought to the work. Plus, I’m very grateful that he shared his thoughts on the technical aspects of the work.
In my presentation I’m giving it as an example of an intermediate level piece… so maybe a 4 or 5 out of 10 on a scale? Note-wise it’s not terribly difficult. The end of the first page and second page offer some challenges because it requires covering a little more space with the intervals in the longer lyrical lines. There are also intonation challenges since it leaves the bass so naked and there’s enough repetition that if it’s not the same for each time it’s very noticeable. Otherwise, most of the challenges are musical like you mentioned – dynamic contrasts, timing/tempo, etc. So I think an intermediate player could handle it but also be challenged and pushed musically.
In the past, I have made it a personal tradition to send out a Thank You to the musicians who performed my works during the year. But in this surreal year of 2020, when time seems to warp and nothing has been normal, my traditional thanks got overlooked. Now, as live performances seem more precious than ever, I want to send a much belated Thanks.
performances and premieres of my music in 2019.
From Wisconsin to D.C. to New York…
Thanks to these wonderfully gifted musicians
I am so grateful for their skill, sensitivity, and artistry!
Orquestra Sinfônica de Limeira, Rodrigo Müller, conductor, world premiere “Shredding Glass” Teatro Victoria, as part of the “VI Encontro Internacional de Cordas” Limeira, Brazil;
Kinga Augustyn, violin, “An Evening Indigo” & “Frost Vapors“, Wroclaw Old Town Hall, Poland; Kosciuszko Foundation, Washington D.C.; Queens New Music Festival, & Mezzrow, NYC;
Erëmira Çitaku, flute & Cagatay Akyol, harp, world premiere “Imagined Tango” Flute Sound Festival, National Library of Kosovo, Prishtinë, Kosovë;
Jane Boxall, marimba, “Gathering Steam” KM Music Conservatory, Tamil Nadu, India;
2Flutes: Pamela Sklar & Laura Falzon, “Duets for a Duo” “New York Tapestries” CD Release Party & Concert, The Tank, NYC;
Sergio de Oliveria, contrabass, “BaDaBaDaDa” Palacete de Levy, in the “VI Encontro Internacional de Cordas” Limeira, Brazil;
Calvin Wiersman & Conrad Harris, violins, “Night Stream” Locrian Chamber Players, Riverside Church, NYC;
eGALitarian Brass, “Only to Ask” Festival of Women Composers, Spectrum, Brooklyn NY;
Anna Maria Manalo, violin, “An Evening Indigo” Friday Noon Musicales, First Unitarian Meeting House, Madison, WI;
Géraldine Fastré, clarinet & Bruno Ispiola, cello, “A Moment’s Impression” Osmose Intermezzo concert, Bruxelles, Belgium
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