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.
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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!
Looking for music for two flutes?
Check out the “New York Tapestries” CD – a collection of colorful contemporary works for two flutes by New York women composers, specifically written or transcribed for the duo 2Flutes. Includes music by composers Marilyn Bliss, Victoria Bond, Alyssa Reit, Pamela Sklar & Rain Worthington.
My piece, Duets for a Duo – for flute and alto flute is available at Sheet Music Plus.
Please consider passing along to any musician friends who might be interested. Thanks!
Worthington’s piece provides the listener with exquisite disintegration, mere glass filaments casting light in all directions, with an undercurrent of unresolved apprehension. – Scott Locke (Journal of International Alliance of Women in Music)
Anthony Joseph Lanman invited me to select one composition for an episode on his “1 Track Podcast.” The great concept of this show is that Lanman asks a composer to choose one work that they would use to introduce listeners to their music. The source points of my music have always come from emotional responses to life experiences. So, I chose “Shredding Glass” as this was an intensely poignant source point – bearing witness to 9/11 and the ensuing stages of grief that blocked my creative energies. I knew that I first had to find a way to translate my experience of bearing witness into music before I could continue composing.
My tribute and thanks to the Musicians who bring the music to life!
From Italy to Brazil,
Seattle to New York to San Antonio…
Thanks to these wonderfully gifted musicians for their exquisite performances of my music in 2018
I am so grateful for their skill and artistry!
Karen Bentley Pollick, violin/viola; Miolina: Lynn Bechtold & Mioi Takeda, violins; Ana Cervantes, piano; the V EIC Orchestra; I Solisti Veneti, Maestro Claudio Scimone, & Chiara Parrini, violin soloist; Sylvia Ahramjian, violin soloist, with Paula Gabriela De Sant’Ana, conductor, & with Rafael Torralvo, violin, at the Encontro Internacional de Cordas; Margaret Lucia, piano; Marvin Rosen, piano; Lux Musicae, conductor Emmanuel Godoy & Emily Madonia, violin soloist; Vent Nouveau w Katrina Owens, fl; Kristen Mather, cl; Briana Lehman, bsn; & Sam Kaester, bs cl; InterXchange: Melanie Mitrano & Gerson Galante; Barnard-Columbia Chamber Singers and Instrumentalists; and Leanne Friedman with woodwind quintet at NYU; and Jianda Bai, violin at JMU.
I have served as the Artistic Administrator/Composer Advocate for the New York Women Composers for over a decade now.
We are an innovative advocacy member organization with a mission to expand performance opportunities for women’s music.
Our program of Seed Money Grants has created concert opportunities all across America, and internationally in Brazil, Cyprus, Japan, Armenia, and Poland.
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Friends in San Antonio, TX region – Consider an evening out before Thanksgiving for this November 20, 2018 Lux Musicae concert – it will be a program of some gorgeous music including works by composer colleagues, Hilary Tann and Alyssa Reit! And, I’m thrilled that violinist Emily Madonia will be the soloist for my piece “In Passages.”
I’d like to invite you to The Muse’s Voice an evening of conversation and music 7:30 at Barnard College, NYC on October 31st. It’s free and open to the public.
Composer Kala Pierson and I will be talking about our music, careers as women composers, and other topics as host Gail Archer leads us in the conversation.
The program will include several of my works – a flute duet, violin solos, violin duet, and also the premiere of my one and only piece for chorus based on refrigerator word magnet phrases by Therese McNally, aptly called Refrigerator Poems.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 7:30 PM
The Sulzberger Parlor, located on the 3rd floor of Barnard Hall (enter through the main gate of the Barnard College campus at Broadway and 117th Street)
Barnard College | Columbia University | 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027
Hey, hey, finally, got the award list from the American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, ensemble division, 2017‑18, and conductor Chris Kelts’ world premiere performance with the MSU Symphony Orchestra of “Tracing a Dream” came in as a tie for Third Place:
Rain Worthington, composer
Missouri State University Symphony
Christoper Kelts, conductor
Tracing a Dream—Worthington
Excitedly busy preparing the score and all the parts for the upcoming recording PARMA Recordings session for my new piece, Full Circle – for cello soloist and small orchestra. Recording session will be September in Olomouc with Petr Vronsky conducting the Moravian Philharmonic with Petr Nouzovsky, cellist!
… extracting, formatting, printing, proofing, correcting, proofing, etc. etc. but got it done and off to PARMA!
Now happy, excited and just a little blurry-eyed!
A totally amazing experience to be there in Limeira, Brazil for the festival. The students and master musicians were wonderfully passionate about music and interested in contemporary composers. All the people were genuinely welcoming, open-hearted and appreciative. Truly a soul-nourishing, musically revitalizing and treasured experience. The South American premiere of In Passages was performed brilliantly by Sylvia Ahramjian, as soloist and conducted by Paula Sant’ana.
Karen Bentley Pollick will be mixing Serbian, Lithuanian, Oriental, Icelandic & Mid-Eastern harmonies and melodies in a violin & viola recital coming up
June 3, 2018 at 7pm
SPECTRUM Female Composers Festival
70 Flushing Avenue, Garage A, Brooklyn, New York 11205
And, I’m happy to say that the program includes two of my solo violin pieces and the NY premiere of a miniature for solo viola. Here’s the video of her earlier beautiful premiere performance of Mixed Times of Yearning in Seattle.
Coming up: April 24th in Shippensburg, PA
Pianist Margaret Lucia will perform “Conversation Before the Rain” in her concert “Music for Earth Day: Tempests, reflections and fantaisies” for the Shippensburg University Chapel Series at the Old Main Chapel.
(This is a video excerpt I created from a recording of a very early concert performance I did)
Fantastic! Conductor Christopher Kelts and I are both moving up the ranks for the “American Prize ERNST BACON for the Performance of American Music“. We’ve made the list of Finalists! for my orchestral work, “Tracing a Dream.” (I applied as a Composer in the Professional division, and Chris Kelts applied in the College/University division for the Missouri State University Symphony world premiere performance.)
Whooee, Conductor, Christopher Kelts and I both made it to the semi finals in the “American Prize ERNST BACON for the Performance of American Music.” We applied with Missouri State University Symphony’s premiere performance of my orchestral piece, “Tracing a Dream.”
(I applied as a Composer in the Professional division and Chris Kelts applied in the College/University division.)
Very competitive to get to the finals, but hey hey we’re both on the semi-finalists list.
It’s a bit of recognition and a nice little boost.
White Raven – Chamber Music by WomenHosted by Vent Nouveau and Compass New Music Series
Sunday, March 25th, 4:30 at the Marc A. Scorca Hall at the National Opera Center, NYC
Happy to say that two of my pieces will be included on this concert program. The one that’s for solo low wind, with the odd title of “BaDaBaDaDa” will be a premiere, which is always a treat to hear the music realized by a real musician! Can’t wait to hear it. (with fingers crossed that my writing works!)
Hope you can make it.