Atlanta-born Margaret Fairlie-Kennedy (b. 1925) has been commissioned by many contemporary dance companies and chamber groups, and worked with noted choreographers Takehiro Ueyama in New York, Bill Bayles at Bennington College, and Peggy Lawler at Cornell University. Her has a strong rhythmic drive at its core.
She also composes for piano, voice, orchestra, and mixed media. She was Composer in Residence for Dance and Theater Arts at Bennington College and Cornell University.
Awards and Grants include the NEA and NEH Endowments, Georgia Commission on the Arts, “Meet the Composer” Grants and the Cornell Council for Creative and Performing Arts. She was a winner in the Philadelphia Classical Symphony/Maxfield Parrish and Women Composers' Showcase, New Jersey City University competitions.
Commissions include the Walker Art Center, Cornell Theater Arts Dept., several choreographers and commissions for the 20th and 21st century works. Performances include the Alabama Symphony, Atlanta String Quartet and Relache Ensemble; venues at Eastman School of music, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Bowling Green College of Musical Arts Festival,'05. Her works were performed in Paris, Upsala and Beijing. She is published by ACA, in the SCI Journal of Music Scores, and EC Schirmer Publishing. CDs are Capstone and Euterpe labels. Fairlie-Kennedy is a member of ACA, SCI, NYWC, IAWM, NYCC and BMI.
Reviewers have commented: "Expressive use of a 12 tone row...eloquence and energy... atmospheric and dreamy" N.Y. Times. "extended the usual sonorities of the instruments... its emotional focus was strong and the expressive range of the instruments spoke well for the composer's gift." Philadelphia Inquirer: "Mr. Ueyama's opening dance was set to urgent and atmospheric music by Margaret Fairlie-Kennedy" N.Y. Times Dance Review. '05.
Francis Fairman (b. 1923) was born in Annapolis MD. Growing up in a musical family—his father played the violin, his mother the piano, his brother the trumpet, and his sister the violin—Fairman was exposed to music at an early age; he had his first piano lesson in Pittsburgh at the age of 5, and was soon able to sight read and play Beethoven's Sonata Pathetique Op. 13. At age 10, his family moved to Philadelphia, where he continued music lessons under Ms. Gertrude Hamilton, a Curtis Institute graduate.
During his teenage years, Fairman started to play the bassoon with Mr. Greuner of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra as his teacher and played in his high school orchestra. During this period, he played Mendelssohn's Concerto in G Minor with the Curtis Institute Orchestra conducted by Mr. Cox, and performed with his brother in a Philadelphia-area dance band until they had to enter military service during World War II. After serving in the armed forces, he took an engineering-type job to earn a living wage while continuing to work on his music.
Since 1993, Fairman has devoted himself to composing symphonic music. In 1995 he became an apprentice for approximately ten years to William Thomas McKinley of Boston, a noted musician and composer, to gain more knowledge in the world of composing. Under McKinley's Master Musician's Collective organization, Fairman composed several symphonic-type pieces which were played and recorded by European symphony orchestras.
Shyly courting the limelight, composer and librettist Edward Ficklin focuses his creative energy on the various forms of music theater. He has realized his works in a number of unusual venues, like a store window near Grand Central Station and a vacant bank lobby near the World Trade Center (with the support of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the September 11th Fund). His work has also been presented by American Opera Projects (Brooklyn, NY), Opera Company of Astoria (Astoria, NY), Little Opera Theatre of New York, the Spring Fever Festival (New York, NY), David Parker/The Bang Group (a collaboration with choreographer Lise Brenner) and Opera Vista (Houston, TX).
Internationally, his work has been presented by the Novi Sad Cultural Center (Novi Sad, Serbia) and the Staatstheater Kassel (Kassel, Germany). A selection of songs from his one-act opera, Context of Love Lives, is included here.
In addition to music theater, Edward has published articles and guides for composers for the American Music Center and Meet The Composer. His new media work includes "soundbiting", an audio blog about urban existence, "Sounds Like Staten Island", a forthcoming audio database of recordings made on and about New York City's forgotten borough, and specialized databases of commissioned repertoire for the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Schola Cantorum on Hudson and Meet The Composer.
Trained in classical composition and English literature at the University of Denver, Ficklin finds inspiration in the small details and sounds of everyday life. Since 2003, he has been actively involved in the composers collective, The South Oxford Six. This group of six composers is dedicated to presenting new works, collaborating, and training new generations of composers.
Edward also serves on the Artists Advisory Council of Fractured Atlas, a national service organization for independent and self-producing artists.
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Robert Fleisher attended the High School of Music and Art in New York City, graduated with honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and earned his doctorate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has served on the music facilities of the University of Illinois (1978-1980), U.C.L.A. (1980-1982), and Northern Illinois University (1983-2014), where he is Professor Emeritus.
Fleisher's solo and chamber music has been described as "eloquent" (Ann Arbor News), "lovely and emotional" (Toranto Musicworks), and "astoundingly attractive" (Perspectives of New Music); his electro-acoustic composition as "rich, tactile" and "endearingly low-tech" (New York Times). His works have been heard globally and throughout the United States Recordings appear on Capstone, Centaur, SEAMUS, and Navona labels.
The author of Twenty Israeli Composers: Voices of a Culture (1997), Fleisher is also a contributing composer and essayist in Theresa Sauer's Notations 21 (2009). He has been awarded resident fellowships at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, Millay Colony for the Arts, Mishkenot Sha'ananim, Montalvo Center for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Yaddo. www.societyofcomposers.org/members/RobertFleisherclose
Composer, teacher and conductor William A. Fletcher can trace his fascination with music to a specific event: a free concert given by a then-new duo, Simon and Garfunkel, when he was 12 years old. He took up guitar that very week, and joyfully played it all day, every day for the next 15 years…
Fletcher is choirmaster and music theory teacher at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire. As music director of the Concord Chorale, a 75-voice auditioned community chorus, he led tours of France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Ireland, Canada and (what was then) Czechoslovakia. Additionally, he was a founding member, singer and pandorist with The Goodmorrow Consort, a group that performed Elizabethan broken consort music on period instruments.
An ardent supporter of new music, he has conducted the premieres of works by Michael Annicchiarico, Gwyneth Walker, Augusta Read Thomas, James Grant, Robert Powell, Marilyn Ziffrin, Petr Reznícek and Henryk Górecki, among others.
He has fulfilled commissions from the Christa MacAuliffe Planetarium, The Concord Community Music School, The Concord Chorale, The Infinities Ensemble, The Larksong Trio, and St. Paul's School, as well as from performers Peggo Horstmann Hodes, Peggy Senter, Katie Lyon-Pingree, Mark Andrew Cleveland, Gregg Pauley and Jean Benson.
At home in the studio, Fletcher has produced recordings for Steve Schuch, The Night Heron Consort, Wellspring, femme m’amie, Peggo & Paul, St. Paul's School, Lucy Chapin, Johnny Nicholson, and soprano Holly Outwin-Tepe, among others.
In addition to his musical activities, he is also known as a portrait painter and graphic artist/web designer. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife, Margaret, and their three daughters. His website is www.williamafletcher.com.
And he still plays guitar, with The Fletchtones.
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ALEX FREEMAN (b. 1972, Raleigh NC) composes in a wide range of styles and media. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Boston University's School of Fine Arts, and the Juilliard School, where he completed his doctoral studies in 2004. His doctoral research led him to Finland, via a Fulbright Fellowship, where he lived for six years, studying at The Sibelius Academy and freelancing, before he assumed his current position of Assistant Professor of Music in Composition at Carleton College in Northfield MN. Among his teachers have been Robert Ward, Samuel Adler, Warren Benson, Joseph Schwantner, David Liptak, Chritopher Rouse, Charles Fussell, Richard Cornell, and Eero Hämeeniemi. He has won awards from ASCAP, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, The American-Scandinavian Foundation, American Composers Forum, The Fulbright Foundation, and The Jerome Fund for New Music, among others. For more information, please visit www.alexfreemanmusic.com.close
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Don Freund is an internationally recognized composer with works ranging from solo, chamber, and orchestral music to pieces involving live performances with electronic instruments, music for dance, and large theatre works. He has been described as “a composer thoughtful in approach and imaginative in style” (Washington Post), whose music is “exciting, amusing, disturbing, beautiful, and always fascinating” (Music and Musicians, London). Many of Freund’s works are available on commercial CD. The recipient of numerous awards and commissions including two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim fellowship, he has served as guest composer at a vast array of universities and music festivals, and presented master classes throughout Europe and Asia.
Freund is also active as a pianist, conductor, and lecturer. As a festival coordinator, he has programmed over a thousand new American works; he has been conductor or pianist in the performance of some two hundred new pieces, usually in collaboration with the composer. A Professor of Composition at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music since 1992, teaching composition continues to be a major component of Freund’s career. His students from 40 years of teaching continue to win an impressive array of awards and recognitions. Freund’s piano concert repertoire extends from new music to complete performances of Bach’s WTC Book I and his own pianistic realizations of Machaut. He has performed his Earthdance Concerto with numerous university wind ensembles.
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David Froom was born in California in 1951. His music has been performed extensively throughout the United States by major orchestras, ensembles, and soloists, including the Louisville, Seattle, Utah, and Chesapeake Symphony Orchestras, The United States Marine and Navy Bands, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the 21st Century Consort, and the New York New Music Ensemble. He has performed in England, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Holland, Cyprus, China, and Australia. His music is available on CD on the Bridge, New Dimensions, Delos, Arabesque, Capriccio, Centaur, Sonora, Crystal, Opus 3, and West Point Academy labels, and is published by American Composers Edition.
Among the many organizations that have bestowed honors on him are the American Academy of Arts and Letters (Academy Award, Ives Scholarship), the Guggenheim, Fromm, Koussevitzky, and Barlow Foundations, the Kennedy Center (first prize in the Friedheim Awards), the National Endowment for the Arts, the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA-Shepherd Distinguished Composer for 2006), and the state of Maryland (four Individual Artist Awards). His biography is included in Groves. He had a Fulbright grant for study at Cambridge University, and fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Wellesley Composers Conference, and the MacDowell Colony. He has taught at the University of Utah, the Peabody Conservatory, and, since 1989, St. Mary's College of Maryland, where he is professor and chair of the music department. Mr. Froom was educated at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Southern California, and Columbia University. His main composition teachers were Chou Wen-chung, Mario Davidovsky, Alexander Goehr, and William Kraft.
For more information about David Froom, please visit his website.
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This remarkable quartet - hailed as "a triumph of ensemble playing" by the New York Times - is a multi-faceted ensemble taking chamber music in new directions. Touring music of the masters as well as original works from visionary composers of our time, the Fry Street Quartet has perfected a "blend of technical precision and scorching spontaneity" (Strad). Since securing the Grand Prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the quartet has reached audiences from across the globe exploring the medium of the string quartet and its life-affirming potential with "profound understanding...depth of expression, and stunning technical astuteness" (Deseret Morning News).
The FSQ's repertoire reaches many corners of the musical spectrum, including works of Britten, Schubert, Beethoven and Bartok, as well as programs of American women composers Laura Kaminsky, Amy Beach, Joan Tower and Libby Larsen. Over the next two seasons, the Salt Lake City-based NOVA series will present the FSQ's complete Bartok Cycle, pairing these monumental works with Haydn's String Quartets Op. 76.
The Fry Street Quartet has commissioned and premiered new works by a wide range of composers. Pandemonium, by Brazilian composer Clarice Assad, was premiered with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra; Michael Ellison's Fiddlin' was co-commissioned by the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music Series and the Salt Lake City based NOVA series; Laura Kaminsky's Rising Tide and Libby Larsen's Emergence were both commissioned especially for the quartet's global sustainability initiative, The Crossroads Project. In 2014, the FSQ also premiered Laura Kaminsky's chamber opera, As One, with soprano Sasha Cooke and baritone Kelly Markgraff at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
After more than 30 performances in three different countries, The Crossroads Project: Rising Tide continues to resonate with audiences. This fresh approach to communicating society's sustainability challenges draws upon all the senses with a unique blend of science and art. The Project has been featured on the NPR program joe's big idea, which aired during All Things Considered, as well as in publications by Yale Climate Connections, Reuters, and the New York Times. The Crossroads Project's second chapter, Crossroads: Emergence is written for string quartet, film, and actor and furthers exploration of the topic.
The quartet's touring history includes performances at major venues, festivals, and distinguished series such as Carnegie Hall, the Schneider Series at the New School and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in NYC, the Jewel Box series in Chicago, Chamber Music Columbus, the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, the DiBartolo Performing Arts Center at Notre Dame, the Theosophical Society in London, and the Mozart Gemeinde in Klagenfurt, Austria.
The Fry Street Quartet is pleased to hold the Dan C. and Manon Caine Russell Endowed String Quartet Residency at the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University.
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A recipient of two consecutive Palmer-Dixon Prizes for best composition presented by The Juilliard School, composer Mathew Fuerst has also received numerous ASCAP awards, placed third in the Antonin Dvorak International Composition Competition, and was a finalist in the Whitaker Competition presented by the American Composers Orchestra. Fuerst's works have been performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, New York State Theatre, and Miller Theatre at Columbia University, as well as Dallas, Houston, Pittsburgh, Rochester, Montreal, Paris, Budapest, Scotland, and Hong Kong by such world-renowned artists as former Kronos Quartet cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, Deutsche Grammophon recording artist Ilya Gringolts, and Canadian violin virtuoso Jasper Wood. Recently, Fuerst's violin and piano works were recorded for commercial release by Jasper Wood and David Riley. Mathew Fuerst holds a Bachelor's Degree in composition from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with David Liptak, Christopher Rouse, Joseph Schwantner, Sydney Hodkinson, and Augusta Read Thomas, and piano with Alan Feinberg. He holds Master's and Doctorate degrees in Composition from The Juilliard School, where he worked with Robert Beaser and John Corigliano. Mathew Fuerst is currently on the music faculty at Hillsdale College as an Assistant Professor of Theory and Composition.close