Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Latest News 2/28/12

Please note: I have created a new website. All content that used to be on this site (Bio, Compositions and Recordings, Upcoming Performances, Promo Kit, Writings, Contact Info) has now moved to http://keanesouthard.instantencore.com.  This website (www.keanesouthard.blogspot.com), which has always technically been a blog but has been manipulated to look like a regular website, is now an actual blog about my activities as a composer and pianist.

I will be spending 7 weeks, from March 12-April 27, as composer-in-residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, Nebraska.  While there, I plan on completing my new Piano Concerto, which is being commissioned by the Sounds of Stow Chorus and Orchestra.

I am also excited to announce that together with the Sounds of Stow, we will begin a Kickstarter project in order to raise funds for the commission.  The campaign will be launched in mid-March (exact date TBA) that will last for about 30 days.  This is your chance to become a part of the creation of a work by pledging, and in return you will receive cool prizes, such as an mp3 recording of the work as recorded at the premiere, tickets to the premiere, a signed copy of the score, and more!  Please check back on this website in mid-March for a link to the project page where you can learn more about the project, the rewards, and how to pledge, or sign up for my e-newsletter to receive notice when the project is launched.

Do You Hear How Many You Are? for SATB choir will be performed three times by the Vittoria Ensemble, a new chamber choir in Denver, Colorado.  For those of you in the Front Range of Colorado, they will be performing it on May 12, 2012 at 7:30pm at the First United Methodist Church in Fort Collins, May 18, 2012 at 7:30pm at the First United Methodist Church in Boulder, and May 20, 2012 at 3:00pm at St. Dominic's Catholic Church in Denver.

My friend, the Brazilian flautist Sammille Bonfim, will be premiering my new arrangement of Waltzing Dervish for Flute Quartet and Piano in Brasilia, Brazil.  The piece was originally written for Wind Ensemble.  The date and venue are TBA. 

Upcoming performances as a pianist in the next few months:

-March 8, 2012, 7pm, The Willows, Worcester, MA: "Ragtime Old and New"  Rags by Joplin, Bolcom, Pann, and Southard.

-May 14, 2012, 7pm, Norembega Point, Weston, MA: "Ragtime Old and New"  Rags by Joplin, BolcomPann, and Southard.

-May 17, 2012, 2pm, Boston Public Library-Copley Square, Boston, MA: "A Composing Lineage" Works by Milhaud, BolcomPann, and Southard.

-May 28, 2012, 3pm, The Gables, Winchester, MA: ""Ragtime Old and New"  Rags by Joplin, BolcomPann, and Southard.

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