Today's recordings include works by the following composers:
Xia Guan born in 1957, graduated from the China Central Conservatory of Music in 1985. By that time, he had won awards in composition competitions at home and abroad. He is well regarded for both his classical compositions and TV soundtracks Of note is his opera Mulan Psalm played to great acclaim in China, New York, Vienna, Tokyo, and Moscow, where it was the first Chinese opera to be staged at the Mariinsky Theater.
Harold Littledale has been writing and playing music since he was eight years old. He was a special student at the Peabody Conservatory while in high school in Baltimore. He studied composition at Bard College, and was a scholarship student at the Bennington Composers Conference. He has written for piano, string quartet, woodwind and brass groups, and several orchestral works. He composed a children's opera. Today "Hornpipe", a short piece for piano will be played. It was composed in 2000, when the composer was living in Connecticut.
Carter Pann's music was selected for recording by Naxos, from among the hundreds of scores sent, for its "boldness and outrageousness", when the composer was in his 20s and still in school. He was praised for his orchestration technique, ideas that show they are well planned and mature.
Russ Salk will bring his collection of recordings by contemporary composers for your listening pleasure. Enjoy musical excerpts and learn a bit about selected contemporary composers. Registration is appreciated.