The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, as part of its commemoration of the 15th anniversary of 9/11, presented Falling Man at the museum on October 7. The performance, as a monodrama, featured baritone Jarrett Ott, musical direction by Kevin Stites, and projections using original photos from 9/11, including photos from the museum’s collection. The presentation was in artistic partnership with The Juilliard School and Steinway & Sons. Following the performance, Don DeLillo, the author of the text (adapted by J. D. McClatchy), joined artist Eric Fischl and Kenneth Fuchs in a discussion of artistic responses to the events of 9/11. See a video of the performance here »
Surprised by Beauty by Robert R. Reilly has been released in a revised and expanded edition that devotes a chapter to the music of Kenneth Fuchs. The chapter collects previous writings (some quoted on the Reviews page of this website), including the following appreciations of the music of Kenneth Fuchs:
Kenneth Fuchs will continue his series of recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra on August 21–22, 2017, at Abbey Road Studios, along with conductor JoAnn Falletta, producer Tim Handley and engineer Jonathan Allen. The disc, which Naxos will release in 2018, will include three concerti and Poems of Life, for countertenor and orchestra:
The American Brass Quintet commissioned Brass Quintet No. 2 “American” and presented the première performance on July 27, 2016, at the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, Colorado. The commission came about because trumpeter Hanzlik and the composer are colleagues at the University of Connecticut. The American Brass Quintet is performing the work during the 2016–2017 season on tour in China, Brazil, and throughout the United States.
In fall 2015, the United States Coast Guard Band, stationed at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, began recording the complete band works of Kenneth Fuchs. Naxos will release the finished recording in 2017. Band Director Lieutenant Commander Adam R. WIlliamson conducts
Pianist Jeffrey Biegel organised a commission by the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, in Massachusetts, and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, in West Virginia, to underwrite the composition of a piano concerto by Kenneth Fuchs. On March 12, 2016, the Springfield Symphony performed the première of Concerto for Piano and Orchestra ("Spiritualist," After Three Paintings by Helen Frankenthaler). Music Director Kevin Rhodes conducted and Biegel was the soloist. On May 20, 2016, the Wheeling Symphony performed its première of the work, with Music Director André Raphel conducting and Biegel again as soloist.
The Center for Contemporary Orchestra asked Kenneth Fuchs if Falling Man might be performed as a monodrama for piano and baritone voice. Reviewing the orchestral score, Fuchs concluded that the orchestral part was too complex to be reduced to a satisfactory piano score. Instead, he turned to David Krane, a Broadway composer with 40 years of experience. Krane not only reduced the score to a work for 8 players, but directed the performance given at Symphony Space in New York City on April 29, 2016. In addition, Krane suggested projecting original photographs from the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and suggested the 9/11 Memorial Museum as a possible source. The museum welcomed the idea and made available photos by Roberto Rabanne, which projectionist Justin West put together with other photos from 9/11 to make a moving backdrop for the performance. The soloist was baritone Jarrett Ott, recently named one of 25 “Rising Stars” by Opera News.
Baritone Roderick WIlliams, the Delray String Quartet, and musicians from the University of Connecticut performed music of Kenneth Fuchs at Bargemusic, a unique floating venue at Fulton Ferry Landing in Brooklyn, New York, on April 3, 2015. The program consisted of
After performing String Quartet No. 4, the Delray String Quartet commissioned String Quartet No. 5 (“American”), which the quartet premièred in 2012 and recorded at the Hit Factory in Miami, with producer Judith Sherman and with the composer present. It is one of three performances on Fuchs’s disc of chamber music released by Naxos.
In celebration of Matthew Savery’s 20th anniversary as Music Director and Conductor of the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra, in Bozeman, Montana, the orchestra commissioned Kenneth Fuchs to compose a new work for electric guitar and orchestra. The orchestra performed the première of Glacier on March 8, 2015, with Savery conducting and Douglas Maher as electric guitar soloist.