CD#: 2 - Track#: 4
Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel has composed works that draw from a rich variety of musical genres, including classical, jazz, pop, rock, blues, folk and gospel. Bermel currently serves as artist-in-residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and as creative advisor to the American Composers Orchestra. He has received commissions from orchestras, ensembles and soloists worldwide, and his many awards include the Rome Prize, Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships and the Alpert Award in the Arts. Bermel has performed his clarinet concerto with more than a dozen orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and at the Beijing New Music Festival. In 2010, the album Voices, featuring four of his orchestral works, was nominated for a GRAMMY. Bermel has worked with many musicians, including Wynton Marsalis, Midori, John Adams, Paquito D’Rivera, Philip Glass, Sir James Galway, Gustavo Dudamel, Luciana Souza, Mos Def and Stephen Sondheim. He studied composition with Louis Andriessen, William Albright, Henri Dutilleux and William Bolcom, and clarinet with Ben Armato and Keith Wilson. He also studied ethnomusicology and orchestration with André Hajdu in Jerusalem, Thracian folk style with Nicola Iliev in Bulgaria, caxixi with Julio Góes in Brazil and Lobi xylophone with Ngmen Baaru in Ghana. http://www.derekbermel.com
Wendy Walters Wendy S. Walters
is the author of Troy, Michigan
(forthcoming from Futurepoem Books in 2013), Longer I Wait, More You Love Me
(2009) and a chapbook, Birds of Los Angeles
(2005), both published by Palm Press (Long Beach, CA). She is a 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Poetry. Walters has been a nominee for the Essay Prize and her work has been published in Bookforum, The Iowa Review, Coldfront, Seneca Review, Seattle Review
and Harper’s Magazine.
In 2008, along with Derek Bermel, she was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony and Mendelssohn Choir to write the libretto for The Good Life
, an oratorio celebrating the first 250 years of Pittsburgh’s history. In addition to works for large ensembles and orchestras, they have written dozens of art songs. They are completing a musical called Golden Motors
, which was commissioned by the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust.
Jo Ellen Miller
Soprano Jo Ellen Miller
is a versatile performer known for her “lovely, rounded tone” (The New York Times
) in her work as an interpreter of contemporary works. She was led by James Levine as the soprano soloist with the Met Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Hall. Preceding that, she was led by Pierre Boulez with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Miller has been featured at Tanglewood, Ravinia, the Library of Congress, all three stages at Carnegie Hall and with the Boston Pops. She is featured on an album for Albany Records (Stillness and Change
), and soon-to-be-released albums for Naxos and Bridge Records (pieces by Richard Festinger and Mohammed Fairouz, respectively).
Kelly Horsted Kelly Horsted
enjoys an active career as a vocal coach and accompanist. Horsted has been a music director for the Composers and the Voice series at American Opera Projects (AOP) for three seasons. Other projects with AOP have included Herschel Garfein's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
directed by Mark Morris, Tarik O’Regan’s Heart of Darkness
and Paula Kimper's Patience and Sarah
for the Lincoln Center Festival. He has also collaborated with Chelsea Opera, Center for Contemporary Opera, Opera Company of Brooklyn, Wintergreen Festival, New Jersey Opera Theater, Friends and Enemies of New Music, Five Words in a Line and the graduate musical theater writing program at the Tisch School. He has taught at Mannes College of Music, Hartt School of Music, Hunter College, Intermezzo and OperaWorks. His B.M. and M.M. are from the Eastman School of Music. http://www.kellyhorsted.com
GET THE MUSIC
GET THE SCORE