The Nevada Chamber Orchestra performed Echo’s Lament and Out of the Shadows Sunday, May 6 at the Historic Fifth Street School Auditorium in Las Vegas. The concert was called “Celebrating Women,” which honored various women of the Nevada School of the Arts including dean Shakeh Ghoukasian and UNLV College of Fine Arts dean Nancy Uscher.
Guest Conductor Alexandra Arrieche led the ensemble, delivering a beautiful performance of Out of the Shadows, which featured the NSA strings with jazz trumpet, vibraphone (performed by guest faculty Rachel Julian), piano, electric bass and drums. This was the string orchestra premiere of the piece, that was originally written back in 2012 for string quartet and commissioned by Mike Kaupa (jazz trumpet) with vibes, piano, bass and drums for premiere at the Eastman School of Music.
Conductor Chuck Cushinery led the NSA strings in a beautiful performance of Echo’s Lament, a piece written back in 2009 for the Millersville University Orchestra under the direction of Reuben Blundell, inspired by the Greek mythological story of Echo along with being in memoriam of Jennifer Mathiason, an artist and friend, whose works inspired the piece.
This Sunday, the NSA Chamber Orchestra under the direction of guest conductor Alexandra Arrieche will perform my piece “Out of the Shadows” for string orchestra, jazz trumpet, vibraphone, piano, electric bass and drums. This will be the premiere of the string orchestra version. They rehearsed it beautifully last night and I’m very excited for Sunday! It’s going to be a great concert! 🎶🎻🎺🎹🎸🥁
The Composition Division faculty released their debut compilation album at their CD release concert on Thursday, May 3! Composers Jennifer Bellor, Charles Halka, Diego Vega and Cynthia Wong are featured. Photo credit: Shahab Zargari.
Jennifer Bellor, voice and pipe organ
Julian Tanaka, clarinet with improvisation
Adam Schroeder, bass clarinet
Gabby Ordonez Villalobos, congas and bass drum
Mixing/Recording by Ron George at UNLV
Producer (vocals) by Phil Joy
Piccolo – 2 Flute – Oboe – English Horn (opt.) – 2 Clarinet in Bb – Bass Clarinet – 2 Bassoon – Contrabassoon (opt.) – 2 Alto sax – Tenor Sax – Baritone Sax – 2 Horn in F – 3 Trumpet in Bb – Flugelhorn (or Trumpet 4) – 2 Trombone – Bass Trombone – Euphonium – Tuba – Timpani – Drum Set (feature) – Percussion 1 (triangle, suspended cymbal, temple blocks) – Percussion 2 (bass drum, large gong, medium gong) – Vibraphone – Piano – Electric bass (or double bass)
The West coast premiere of Uprising (rev. 2018) will be May 2018 by the Oregon State University Wind Ensemble under the direction of Chris Chapman.
Uprising (rev. 2018) was originally written for the Eastman Wind Ensemble under the direction of Mark Scatterday and premiered October 2012. A second performance featured drummer Tom Giampietro and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Wind Ensemble under the direction of James Patrick Miller in March 2013.
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From Greek Mythology, Echo was a nymph whom the goddess Hera cursed with just an echo
for a voice as punishment. Echo’s Lament was inspired by the story, as well as a painting by my late friend,
Jennifer Mathiason (1983-2009). It was originally commissioned and premiered by the Millersville University Orchestra under the direction of Reuben Blundell in 2009 and later revised for its 2018 Southwest premiere by the Nevada School of the Arts
orchestra in Las Vegas.
Duration: 6 minutes
PDF Score: $25
PDF Parts: $20
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Concert: “In Composition”
Choreography by Richard Havey
Jennifer Bellor is on stage with the dancers
This live video recording is featuring the dance with the mastered track from her album Stay: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/stay/1140547832
Video recording by Arthur Chivis
Out of the Shadows for string orchestra featuring jazz trumpet, vibraphone and rhythm section is now finished and available! This version will be premiered May 2018 at the Nevada School of the Arts in Las Vegas.
The string orchestra version is also a revision of the original chamber version:
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