The following is a sneak preview of a press release that will be released early June. There are a few potential global premieres we are waiting on, though I wanted at this time to share the news about a very special project with the renowned composer, and friend, Lowell Liebermann:
Jeffrey Biegel and Lowell Liebermann Piano Concerto Consortium Project
By Monica Robinson
Monica Robinson, Ltd.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Monica Robinson, Ltd.
914-962-6062 or MRLTD6062@aol.com
Monica Robinson, Ltd. and Jeffrey James Arts Consulting has announced that internationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Biegel will join with renowned composer Lowell Liebermann in a global commissioning project for his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3.
This new work is being commissioned by an international consortium of orchestras, which will perform the work with Mr. Biegel as soloist during the 2006-07-08 seasons. Mr. Liebermann envisions Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 as being approximately 25-30 minutes in duration. Each co-commissioning orchestra in the US has the distinction of performing the state premiere during the exclusivity period.
The World Premiere of the new work has been scheduled with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Andreas Delfs, Music Director, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 12-14, 2006. The European Premiere will be given by the Schleswig Holstein Symphony Orchestra, Gerard Oskamp, Music Director, in Flensburg, Germany, February 6-9, 2007. This project is being produced in cooperation with the American Music Center, a non-profit organization.
With support from private sponsorship, the ‘Concerto no. 3 for Piano and Orchestra’ will also receive its Canadian Premiere with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in January, 2007 and other global premieres are in the process of being secured worldwide.
The following is a list of co-commissioning orchestras:
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (World Premiere)–Andreas Delfs
Schleswig Holstein Symphony Orchestra (European Premiere)–Gerard Oskamp
San Diego Symphony (CA)–(West Coast Premiere)–Jahja Ling
Anchorage Symphony Orchestra (Alaska)–(Pacific Northwest Premiere)–Randall Craig Fleischer
Colorado Symphony–Jeffrey Kahane
Louisiana Philharmonic–conductor tba
Huntsville Symphony Orchestra (AL)–Carlos Miguel Prieto
Hartford Symphony Orchestra (CT)–Edward Cumming
South Dakota Symphony–Delta David Gier
New Mexico Symphony Orchestra–Guillermo Figueroa
Columbus Symphony Orchestra (GA)–George Del Gobbo
Springfield Symphony Orchestra (MA)–Kevin Rhodes
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (TN)–Lucas Richman
Mansfield Symphony Orchestra (OH)–Robert J. Franz
South Bend Symphony Orchestra (IN)–Tsung Yeh
Traverse Symphony Orchestra (MI)–Kevin Rhodes
Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra (NY)–Charles Peltz
Key West Symphony Orchestra (FL)–Sebrina Alfonso
For further information about the project, please contact Monica Robinson, Ltd. at 914-962-6062 or by email at MRLTD6062@aol.com. You can also visit her online at http://www.monicarobinsonltd.com/.
Jeffrey Biegel has established himself as one of the most versatile artists on the stage today. He has consistently amazed audiences and critics throughout the world with his electrifying technique, elegant pianism, warmth and artistic maturity. Critics compare him to legendary pianists Cliburn, Lhevinne, Fleisher and Horowitz. With his acclaimed interpretations of standard repertoire, to his affinity for “Rare Gems of the Golden Age” and unique piano concerti (Duke Ellington, Keith Emerson, Leroy Anderson) he is placed among the front ranks of today’s pianists.
Mr. Biegel has been the focus of two previous orchestral commissioning consortiums: Pulitzer Prize Winner Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Millennium Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra – Premiered in September, 2000 with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jesus Lopez-Cobos and performed by Mr. Biegel with 27 consortium member orchestras throughout the United States during the 2000-05 seasons, and Broadway legend Charles Strouse’s Concerto America for Piano and Orchestra.
In addition, American composer Richard Danielpour will compose a new work for Mr. Biegel, tentatively titled “Concerto for Piano & Percussion” (5 players and piano). This new composition is slated for premieres in the 2006-07 season with the esteemed Canadian percussion ensemble, Nexus. You can find much more about Mr. Biegel at his website – http://www.cyberecital.com/.
Lowell Liebermann is one of today’s most widely performed and commissioned composers. Orchestras worldwide have championed Liebermann’s works, including the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, L’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the Tokyo NHK Symphony, L’Orchestre National de France, and the symphonies of Dallas, Baltimore, Seattle, St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Minnesota. Among the artists who have performed Liebermann’s works are James Galway, Charles Dutoit, Stephen Hough, Kurt Masur, Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, Andrew Litton, Susan Graham, David Zinman, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Paula Robison, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Steuart Bedford, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Visit his website at http://www.lowellliebermann.com/.