Release of Fourth Disc with the London Symphony Orchestra
In August 2014, Naxos released the fourth disc of music by Kenneth Fuchs performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor JoAnn Falletta. The recording features baritone and Naxos artist Roderick Williams and was produced by Grammy Award-winner Tim Handley. Repertoire includes: Falling Man (for baritone voice and orchestra); Movie House (seven poems by John Updike for baritone voice and chamber ensemble); and Songs of Innocence and of Experience (four poems by William Blake for baritone voice and chamber ensemble). The recording was completed at Abbey Road Studios in London, August 30–September 1, 2013. Physical discs and digital formats were released worldwide on Naxos American Classics.
JoAnn Falletta, Roderick Williams and the LSO record Falling Man in Abbey Road Studio 1.
Kenneth Fuchs at Sewanee Summer Music FestivalKenneth Fuchs was resident composer for four days in July 2014 at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival at the University of the South in Tennessee. The Sewanee Symphony, made up of advanced music students, performed Fuchs’s Atlantic Riband (for Orchestra) and American Rhapsody (Romance for Violin and Orchestra), with JoAnn Falletta conducting and Michael Ludwig as violin soloist. Fuchs also conducted seminars and gave individual instruction in composition. The following week, the Sewanee Symphony performed Fuchs’s Eventide (Concerto for English Horn), with Rossen Milanov conducting and on English horn, Luca de la Florin, who won the Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition at the festival.
Fanfare interviews Kenneth Fuchs — The New AmericanaFanfare magazine, in its September/October 2013 issue, published an extended interview with Kenneth Fuchs, in which he discusses life as a composer in the 21st Century, balancing commercial viability with artistic integrity, recent recordings, the state of public music education, and upcoming projects.
Rush on the National MallThe United States Air Force Band, under the baton of Commander Larry H. Lang, performs Kenneth Fuchs’s saxophone concerto, Rush, on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, National Mall, Washington D.C., July 16, 2013. The saxophone soloist was TSgt Ricky Parrell.
Naxos releases CD of chamber music by Kenneth Fuchs
On April 1, 2013, Naxos released Kenneth Fuchs’s fourth disc on its “American Classics” label. The disc consists of three chamber works:
- Falling Canons was composed especially for pianist and host of NPR's From the Top, Christopher O'Riley. The work grows out of compositional elements from Falling Man, an extended scena for baritone voice and orchestra based on a fragment from Don DeLillo’s powerful post-9/11 novel Falling Man. The London Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of JoAnn Falletta, will record Falling Man by Kenneth Fuchs for Naxos in August 2013.
- String Quartet No. 5 ("American") was commissioned especially for the Delray String Quartet, based in South Florida. The large-scale work embraces in sound and spirit the stylistic influences of the American symphonic school that have dominated Fuchs’s recent orchestral scores. The music is alternately lyrical and playful, sometimes brusque and muscular, at times elegiac, and it is meant to suggest the resilience and brash optimism of the American spirit.
- Falling Trio was commissioned by American pianist Jeffrey Biegel for Trio21 with violinist Kinga Augustyn and cellist Robert deMaine. The première performance was given at Bargemusic, an enclosed floating chamber music venue moored under the Brooklyn Bridge with a picture window view of lower Manhattan and Ground Zero. For details, see the feature on this disc on the Naxos website.
Gramophone magazine video interview with Kenneth FuchsJames Jolly, editor-in-chief of Gramophone magazine, interviewed Kenneth Fuchs and conductor JoAnn Falletta after the recording of Fuchs’s third and most recent disc with the London Symphony Orchestra. Jolly has posted on Gramophone’s blog a video interview, “A session report – with photos – from Abbey Road for Kenneth Fuchs’s new Naxos album.” See the Gramophone interview with photos here.
Naxos releases third CD of music by Kenneth Fuchs
Naxos released a recording of works by Kenneth Fuchs on its "American Classics" label in August 2012. The CD features the London Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of internationally known conductor JoAnn Falletta, with soloists Michael Ludwig, concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Paul Silverthorne, principal violist of the LSO. The CD was recorded at Abbey Road Studios, the legendary recording facility in London, with Grammy Award-winning producer Tim Handley and engineer Jonathan Allen in charge of recording and production. The CD includes five works:
- Divinum Mysterium (Concerto for Viola and Orchestra)
- American Rhapsody (Romance for Violin and Orchestra)
- Atlantic Riband (for Orchestra)
- Concerto Grosso (for String Quartet and String Orchestra)
- Discover the Wild (for Orchestra)
The CD and individual tracks are available for download at Naxos, Classics Online and iTunes.
U.S. Air Force Band of Flight premières From the Field to the Sky
Kenneth Fuchs and 1st Lieutenant
Daniel W. Boothe
The United States Air Force Band of Flight, Daniel W. Boothe, Commander and Conductor, commissioned Kenneth Fuchs to write From the Field to the Sky (Celebration Fanfare for Brass and Percussion). The Band of Flight Concert Band performed the première as part of “Summon the Heroes: A Veterans Day Concert” on November 3. The concert paid special tribute to all veterans and their families and included two world premières, a variety of marches, vocal selections, patriotic music, and a concert finale featuring more than 100 children from the Kettering Children’s Choir. The Concert Band presented the piece on a tour of Michigan, including Battle Creek, Interlochen, Dearborn, Port Huron, and Grand Rapids.
150th Anniversary CommissionThe Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, André Raphel, Music Director, commissioned Kenneth Fuchs to compose a fanfare-overture for orchestra in celebration of the sesquicentennial of West Virginia statehood. The première took place at a commemoration concert on June 20, 2013. Following the orchestral première, Fuchs created a version of the work for band, which will be performed by high school ensembles throughout West Virginia.
Sylvan Winds perform Autumn Rhythm
Morejon, Halvorson, Kabalin, Fuchs, Vinnitsky & Davis
Sylvan Winds performed Kenneth Fuchs’s Autumn Rhythm (Idyll for Woodwind Quintet After a Painting by Jackson Pollock), on a program titled Art as Muse, at the Jack Tilton Gallery in New York City, May 23, 2012. The quintet members are Svjetlana Kabalin, flute; Kathy Halvorson, oboe; Pavel Vinnitsky, clarinet; Adrian Morejon, bassoon; and Eric Davis, horn. For the ending of Autumn Rhythm, three instruments change to their deeper-pitched counterparts: flute to alto flute; oboe to English horn; and clarinet to bass clarinet. Hear the ending as performed by members of the London Symphony Orchestra:Autumn Rhythm
Hal Leonard publishes Canticle to the SunHal Leonard Corporation published the piano-reduction version of Canticle to the Sun (Concerto for Horn and Orchestra). Kenneth Fuchs wrote this concerto for Timothy Jones, principal hornist of the London Symphony Orchestra. The concerto is based on the hymn tune “All Creatures of Our God and King.” The solo part and piano reduction are available from Hal Leonard; orchestral parts are available on rental from Theodore Presser Company.
Delray String Quartet premières and records String Quartet No. 5 (“American”)
Luo, Cotik, Fuchs, Fleischman and Jaffé
The Delray String Quartet, which commissioned Kenneth Fuchs to compose his String Quartet No. 5 (“American”), gave the work its première performance on Sunday January 15, 2012, at The Colony Hotel and Cabaña Club in Delray Beach, Florida. The performance was repeated at All Saints Episcopal Church in Fort Lauderdale on January 20 and Sunday January 22 at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Coconut Grove. The following day, the Delray String Quartet recorded the work, with the composer in attendance and the legendary Judith Sherman as producer. Naxos released the recording, along with Trio21 performing the Fuchs Falling Trio and pianist Christopher O’Riley performing Falling Canons, both of which Sherman recorded in 2011. The commission for the quartet resulted from the Delray String Quartet’s performance of Fuchs’s String Quartet No. 4 in December 2010. The quartet members are Mei Mei Luo and Tomas Cotik, violins; Richard Fleischman, viola; Claudio Jaffé, cello. For more information about the Delray String Quartet, visit their website at www.delraystringquartet.com
Spartanburg Philharmonic premières Falling Man
Kenneth Fuchs takes a bow with baritone James Maddalena and music director Sarah Ioannides following the world première of Falling Man by the Spartanburg Philharmonic on September 10, 2011. The work sets to music the prologue of Don DeLillo’s searing post-9/11 novel Falling Man, with a libretto by poet J.D. McClatchy. The Spartanburg Herald-Journal called the work “remarkable,” with “orchestral interjections of great beauty and power.” Falling Man is cast in the form of a dramatic scena for baritone voice and orchestra. The work’s principal melodic and harmonic elements are organized around a falling 12-tone theme, fragments of which emerge at the outset, first in the orchestra and then with the setting of the first line of text, “This was the world now, a time and space of falling ash and near night.”
Trio21 premières Falling Trio
Biegel, Augustyn, deMaine, Fuchs
Trio21 — Jeffrey Biegel, piano, Kinga Augustyn, violin, and Robert deMaine, cello — commissioned Kenneth Fuchs to write Falling Trio for the opening concert of their 2011–12 season and performed the world première at Bargemusic in Brooklyn, New York, on September 18, 2011. The trio is based on the theme of Falling Man and was performed with lower Manhattan and the rising Freedom Tower as the backdrop. The group recorded the work the following day. The Falling Man theme is organized around a sequence of 12 different descending pitches and is developed as a set of seven fantasy variations, each a canon on successive ascending scalar pitches. Falling Trio also features a lyrical “reconciliation theme,” interpolated twice in the work, with which the instruments attempt to reconcile the work’s tonal and non-tonal musical language.
JoAnn Falletta rehearses Canticle to the Sun in ChileMusic Director JoAnn Falletta and Principal Horn Jacek Muzyk, both of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, performed Canticle to the Sun (Concerto for Horn and Orchestra) with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile, Santiago, Teatro Universidad de Chile, July 8-9, 2011. Read a review excerpt here.
Blog features Kenneth Fuchs's choral musicRead the feature about Kenneth Fuchs's choral music on the Yelton Rhodes Music blog Choralicious!
Air Force Academy Band records United Artists
The U.S. Air Force Academy Band (Colorado Springs, Colorado), has released Windscapes, a disc that includes Kenneth Fuchs’s United Artists. Lt. Col. Larry H. Lang, commander and conductor, commissioned the band transcription from the original work for orchestra. Score and parts available here. Hear an excerpt from United Artists:United Artists (for Band)
Second Fuchs CD with the London Symphony Orchestra
Photo: Jim Bush
Naxos released a new disc of orchestral and chamber works by Kenneth Fuchs recorded by conductor JoAnn Falletta leading the LSO. A conductor visiting London reported, "The orchestra started raving about your music the moment I got here! And don’t forget: that praise is coming from the musicians." The disc is available for sampling and downloading at Amazon, Naxos and iTunes, and available for purchase as a CD at Amazon. Repertoire includes
- United Artists (for Orchestra)
- Canticle to the Sun (Concerto for Horn and Orchestra), composed especially for principal Timothy Jones
- Autumn Rhythm (Idyll for Woodwind Quintet After a Painting by Jackson Pollock)
- Fire, Ice, and Summer Bronze (After Two Works on Paper by Helen Frankenthaler), for brass quintet
- Quiet in the Land (American Idyll), for flute, clarinet, English horn, viola, and cello.
Kenneth Fuchs tracks available on iTunes
Three albums of music by Kenneth Fuchs — Canticle to the Sun and An American Place, both recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra, and String Quartets 2, 3, 4, recorded by the American String Quartet — are available for sampling and downloading from iTunes. Also available is Christina’s World, recorded by the University of Miami Wind Ensemble. See links here.Left: 2005 Grammy® Award nominee, "Best Instrumental soloist with Orchestra" (Thomas Stacy, English horn, and JoAnn Falletta, conductor, for Eventide) and "Producer of the Year, Classical" (Michael Fine)
Air Force Band of Liberty records On Silver Wings
The U.S. Air Force Band of Liberty (Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts), has released On Silver Wings, a disc that includes Kenneth Fuchs’s piece of the same title. Lt. Col. Larry H. Lang, commander and conductor, commissioned three of the nine works, including On Silver Wings. Hear an excerpt from On Silver Wings, by Kenneth Fuchs:On Silver Wings
Paul Silverthorne performs Divinum Mysterium in Dallas
Fuchs, Simon and Silverthorne
Paul Silverthorne, principal violist of the London Symphony Orchestra, gave three electrifying performances of Divinum Mysterium (Concerto for Viola and Orchestra) under the baton of Geoffrey Simon with Symphony Arlington, the Garland Symphony Orchestra, and the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra in the Dallas metro area, February 17, 18, and 19. At Southern Methodist University on the 18th, Silverthorne, Simon, and Fuchs talked with composition students about the detailed collaboration that took place between the composer and the soloist and conductor. Dan Lazarescou, who holds a graduate degree in composition from SMU, wrote to Fuchs, "You proved that memorable music with beautiful melody can sound modern too. Congratulations!"
Blog features Kenneth Fuchs's choral musicRead the feature about Kenneth Fuchs's choral music on the Yelton Rhodes Music blog Choralicious!
Saxophone Concerto Commission
Ryan Janus, principal saxophonist of the United States Air Force Academy Band (Colorado Springs), is organizing a consortium to commission Kenneth Fuchs to compose a saxophone concerto. Fuchs will compose both a band and orchestral version of the concerto. For more information about the project, visit Ryan Janus's website at www.ryanjanus.com/commissions.html
Grand Symphonic Winds performs United Artists in ChinaKenneth Fuchs’s United Artists was the opening selection on two concerts performed by the Grand Symphonic Winds (below) during the 2010 World Expo Shanghai International Band Festival, April 25–May 4. Under the direction of Dr. Matthew George, the 55-member civic wind ensemble from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, performed United Artists both in Shanghai and at the National Center for the Performing Arts (known as “The Egg”) in Beijing.
Virginia Symphony Orchestra performs Canticle to the Sun
Photo: John Lindberg
Music Director JoAnn Falletta led the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, with soloist David Wick, principal horn of the orchestra, in a performance of Kenneth Fuchs’s Canticle to the Sun (Concerto for French Horn and Orchestra) on September 18th and 20th in Norfolk, Virginia. Maestro Falletta conducted the piece with the London Symphony Orchestra for the Naxos recording released earlier in 2008. Left to right, Wick, Falletta and Fuchs.
Hartford Symphony Orchestra premières Canticle to the Sun
Hartford Symphony photo:
Richard Todd, principal horn of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, joined the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Edward Cumming in the première performances of Canticle to the Sun (Concerto for French Horn and Orchestra) on April 29 and 30, 2008, at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, in Hartford, Connecticut. Right: Fuchs, center, confers with Cumming at a rehearsal with soloist Todd, right.