Release Date: January 13, 2017
Catalog #: NV6077
Format: Digital & Physical
21st Century
Solo Instrumental
Vocal Music

The Spectra Series

A Concert Of Music For Piano
A Concert Of Music For Voices
A Concert Of Music For Orchestra

By Members Of Connecticut Composers, Inc.

In 2008, PARMA Recordings acquired Capstone Records, the highly respected New York-based classical label founded by composer Richard Brooks in 1986, with the intent of shepherding the company and its music into the digital era. This album was originally released on Capstone and is being re-released by PARMA Recording’s Navona Records.

This three-album collection contains all the installments in the SPECTRA series – a collection of works from members of Connecticut Composers, Inc., a nonprofit supporting composers living and working in the state. Allen Brings, vice president of CCI, organized the series and composed one composition on each disc.

The trio of releases includes SPECTRA: A CONCERT OF MUSIC FOR VOICES (2002), featuring the Kent Singers and conductor Marguerite Mullee; SPECTRA: A CONCERT OF MUSIC FOR PIANO (2004), featuring pianists Ulrich Urban, Margaret Mills, Genevieve Chinn and Angela Pistilli; and SPECTRA: A CONCERT OF MUSIC FOR ORCHESTRA (2007), featuring the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra and Hartt Symphony Orchestra with conductors Christopher Zimmerman, Marguerite Mullee and Joel Eric Suben.


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Artist Information

Elizabeth R. Austin


Elizabeth R. Austin's music is meticulous and complex, filled with movement, growth, and turning points. Not a bad description for her own life.” This quote, from an article in SCOPE (Winter, 2011) written by Michael K. Slayton, continues to be relevant to this octogenarian, whose focus on writing music has become even more intense!

Allen Brings


A native of New York City, Allen Brings received a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from Queens College and a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University, where he was a Mosenthal Fellow and a student of Otto Luening, and a doctorate in theory and composition from Boston University, where he was a teaching fellow and a student of Gardner Read.

Frank Vasi


Composer and tenor saxophonist Frank Vasi graduated from the Mannes College of Music in New York City. His compositions straddle the classical and jazz worlds of music incorporating their various techniques in his pieces. A member of ASCAP, he has written compositions for saxophone quartet, choral cantatas, chamber and orchestra works and is the founder and arranger for The Thimble Islands Saxophone Quartet.

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