Wednesday, June 26, 2013

June 2013 Release: SIRIUS and Other Works for Orchestra

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Belgian-native Jan Van der Roost leads a prolific career as a composer, writing works that span a variety of genres and styles, from oratorios and symphonies to lieder cycles and wind band chamber pieces. Van der Roost's unique style has ushered international renown, with his works recorded and performed worldwide, in addition to his guest professorships across four continents. 

June 2013 Release: NOVA Society of Composers Inc.

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Navona Records is proud to present NOVA, the 27th edition of the acclaimed Society of Composers, Inc. CD Series and the third SCI release on Navona. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

James Adler: Make Music New York

For those in the New York area, PARMA and Yamaha Artist James Adler will be performing at the Make Music New York Festival today at 2:30PM. The set is located on Cornelia Street which will be closed to traffic all day for performances.

Adler will perform three works from his new release on Ravello Records, including Paul Turok’s “Tango,” Seth Bedford’s “Christopher Street Rag” and Adler’s Piano Fantasy on “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd.” Adler will also be involved in a massive performance of Jed Distler's new work for 175 keyboards (between 12-2PM).

A feature on James Adler and the Make Music New York Festival can be found at The Villager. Additionally, a full schedule of the events can be found here.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

PARMA Student Composer Competition: Judges Meet, Review Scores

PARMA judge Alan Beeler, A&R Director Sam Renshaw, judges Tim Davis, and Sergio Cervetti (from left to right)

This past weekend, judges Alan Beeler, Tim Davis and Sergio Cervetti convened at the PARMA office to select finalists for the 2013 PARMA Student Composer Competition. Ten winners were chosen from hundreds of entrants and will have their work featured in this year's PARMA Anthology of Music. One grand prize winner will have their work programmed on the PARMA Music Festival, later this august. Winners will be announced June 28th so be sure to check back. 

Click "read more" for more photos of the judges and information on the 2012 winners.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Tower Music

The Eiffel Tower has long been known for its striking visuals. For his new composition, "Tower Music," American composer Joseph Bertolozzi has drawn attention to Eiffel's percussive qualities.

How does one turn this iconic monument into a musical instrument? The New York Times has reported on the process in a recent article and accompanying video shown below:

Pianist Sean Chen Confirmed Finalist of Van Cliburn Competition

On Tuesday (6/4) Sean Chen performed as a semi-finalist of the Van Cliburn piano competition. We at PARMA are proud to report that Mr. Chen has moved on to the final round to perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 in Eb Major tomorrow (6/7) night starting at 7:30 PM.
The competition can be live streamed here. The final round begins tonight with Beatrice Rana, Nikita Mndoyants, and Fei-Fei Dong.

Sean Chen is the featured soloist on an upcoming Navona Records release by Michael Glenn Williams.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Nicholas Vines' "Rustling the Dieties" Reviewed

On May 31st PARMA composer Nicholas Vines' work "Rustling the Dieties" was performed at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York. The piece was programmed as part of the new music ensemble Counter)induction's final concert of the season.

A review of  the performance, with a short write up on Mr. Vine's piece can be found here, courtesy of The New York Times:

TORRID NATURE SCENES, a full disc of Vines' music, is out now on PARMA's Navona Records.

For more information on the album  please visit:

Monday, June 3, 2013

Pianist Sean Chen Reaches Semifinals of Van Cliburn Competition

This past weekend, pianist Sean Chen performed his solo recital at the semifinal round of the Van Cliburn piano competition. Still to come is his chamber program, which will be performed this Tuesday (6/4). Listeners can tune-in to the live webcast via the competition website:

Mr. Chen is a world-class pianist and the featured soloist on an upcoming Navona Records release, a program of solo piano works by composer Michael Glenn Williams. The album will include the recording premieres of Mr. Williams' "For the Young Artist" "Ringtones" and "Tone Poems vol 2."

More information on the release can be found here, via the official press release (courtesy of Gwhiz Arts):

Check back for more news on Williams' and Chen's upcoming Navona release.