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Jack Gallagher   
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You are invited to visit the composer's website for more information.

Annual Updates

2012

NEWS

Naxos CD 8.55965, of Jack Gallagher’s works recorded by the London Symphony under the direction of JoAnn Falletta at Abbey Road Studios, has been widely acclaimed. Awarded five stars by BBC Music Magazine, the disc was heralded by Gramophone as “fresh and exuberant.” Audiophile Audition, also awarding the disc five stars, called the Symphony in One Movement: Threnody “truly a work of genius,” adding, “If you buy only one disc of new music this year, I would certainly suggest this.” National Public Radio’s “Deceptive Cadence” described Gallagher’s music as being “brilliantly orchestrated and impeccably constructed.” Newly completed is the 19-minute first movement of Gallagher’s Symphony No. 2, for orchestra.

PREMIERES

Aflame for viola unaccompanied, Marc Jackobs, violist (the Cleveland Orchestra). Cleveland Composers Guild 50th Anniversary program, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Cleveland Hts., OH, April 2010. Twin Spirits, Amanda Bekeny and Jane Rackley, trumpets, Kim Bakkum, piano, First Congregational Church, Akron, OH,  Feb.  2010. Malambo Nouveau, Angelin Chang, piano, Steinway Society of Western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh High School of the Creative and Performing Arts, Pittsburgh, PA, Sept. 2009. Remembrance of Robin, Robert Sullivan, principal trumpet, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Julie Spangler, piano, Werner Recital Hall, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, June 2009; also, Yamaha Center, NYC, Feb. 2010.

PERFORMANCES

A Psalm of Life, Cincinnati College-Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Terence Milligan, conductor, Corbett Auditorium, University of Cincinnati, Feb. 2011. Proteus Rising from the Sea, Indiana University Symphonic Band, Jeffrey Gershman, conductor, Musical Arts Center, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Nov. 2011. Heritage Music William Hoyt, horn, and Trio Terzetto (Diana Cohen, violin, Tanya Ell, cello, Renana Gutman, piano, Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival, Kittridge Theatre, Warren-Wilson College, Asheville, NC, June 2010; also Performing Arts Center, Waynesville, NC, June 2010. Ancient Evenings and Distant Music, Blair Woodwind Quintet, Ingram Hall, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, Nov. 2010. Berceuse, Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra, Justin Kennedy, conductor; Long Prairie-Grey Eagle High School Auditorium, Long Prairie, MN, May 2011.   

RECORDINGS

Jack Gallagher: Orchestral Music (including Diversions Overture, Berceuse, Sinfonietta for String Orchestra, and Symphony in One Movement: Threnody), London, Symphony Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta, conductor, Naxos 8.559652, released Sept. 2010. Toccata for Brass Quintet, U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Brass Quintet, Kiss My Brass, Altissimo Recordings CD, 2009; released in Canada, 2011.
 

 


2008

 

The Vienna Modern Masters CD of Berceuse, recorded by the Krakow Radio Orchestra directed by Szymon Kawalla, was broadcast 16 times last season on fine arts stations including Radio Stephansdsom Klassiksender, Vienna; KUSC, Los Angeles; KVOD, Denver; WGUC, and MUSIClassicalQUIET, Live365.com, among others. The ERM Media CD of Diversions Overture, recorded by the Kiev Philharmonic under Robert Ian Winstin was aired over several stations, including WGBH, Boston; WGUC, Cincinnati; and MUSIClassical CONCERT Live365.com. The Capstone CD of Nocturne, recorded by pianist Jeri-Mae Astolfi, was heard over WCLV, Cleveland; WGBH, Boston; WPRB, Princeton; and others. The Air Force Band of Flight recording of Proteus Rising from the Sea (Richard Shelton, director) was heard over Contemporary Classical Internet Radio and over MUSIClassical CONCERT Live365.com. One-hour broadcasts of Gallagher’s music were aired by WCLV, Cleveland and WPRB, Princeton. His production of Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques (TNC Records) with pianist Angelin Chang and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, John McLaughlin Williams, conductor, won a 2007 Grammy Award in the classical category “Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra.” Website: www.societyofcomposers.org/user/jackgallagher.html

Premieres

Clarinetist Hild Peersen and pianist Kenneth Williams performed Intimations of Finzi, on August 11 at the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest 2006, Omni Hotel, Atlanta, GA; the work was also performed by clarinetist Kristina Belisle and pianist Kim Bakkum on October 24 at the University of Akron (OH) and on January 25, 2007, at Bowling Green (OH) State University. Duo for Two Cellos was presented by Anne Leigh and Anna Lemler on May 3, College of Wooster (OH). Sinfonietta, for string orchestra, was introduced November 10, by the Wooster (OH) Symphony Orchestra under the direction of the composer, College of Wooster.

Performancess

David Bowden led the Columbus (IN) Philharmonic in a performance of Berceuse on October 7, 2006, Columbus (IN) North High School; the same work was presented May 3, 2007 by the Dowling Symphony Orchestra conducted by Reynard Burns, Dowling College, Oakdale, NY. Ancient Evenings and Distant Music received two performances from the Albemarle Ensemble, on November 2 at the University of Virginia, and on November 3 at Lynchburg College. Alaska Brass of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific performed Toccata for Brass Quintet on February 15, 2007, at the Wilda Marston Theater, Loussac Library, Anchorage, AK; the work received another performance March 28 from the University of Mississippi Faculty Brass Quintet, University of Mississippi. A Psalm of Life was performed March 4 by the Wooster (OH) Scot Symphonic Band directed by Nancy Ditmer, College of Wooster; the same ensemble performed the work on its spring tour March 10, Perrysburg (OH) Jr. High School; March 11, Grosse Pointe Woods (MI) Presbyterian Church; March 12, Mason (MI) High School; March 13, Evanston (IL) Township High School; March 14, Lake View (Chicago) Presbyterian Church; and March 16, Independence (OH) High School. The Valparaiso Chamber Concert Band, Jeffrey Doebler, conductor, presented Mist-Covered Mountain April 27 at Valparaiso University; the work was subsequently performed April 29 by the Wooster Scot Symphonic Band led by Ditmer, College of Wooster.

Recordings

International Flavors; includes Berceuse, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic under the direction of David Bowden; CIP CD262.

 


 

2007

The Vienna Modern Masters CD of Jack Gallagher’s Berceuse, recorded by the Krakow Radio Orchestra directed by Szymon Kawalla, was broadcast more than 15 times last season on fine arts stations in Vienna, Boston, Los Angeles, Denver, Cincinnati, Birmingham, Hartford, Columbus, Tulsa, and Kent. The ERM Media CD of Diversions Overture, recorded by the Kiev Philharmonic under Robert Ian Winstin was aired in Cincinnati, Palo Alto, and Princeton. The VMM CD of The Persistence of Memory (In Memoriam: Brian Israel) was broadcast in Seattle and Princeton. The Capstone CD of Ancient Evenings and Distant Music was aired in Boston, Fresno, and Iowa City. The Air Force Band of Flight recording of Proteus Rising from the Sea, directed by Lt. Col. Richard Shelton, and an interview with Producer Bruce Duffie, were broadcast New Year’s Day 2006 over WNUR, Evanston. Springsong was performed by the College of Wooster (OH) Singers, directed by James Mismas and by the University of Iowa Women’s Chorale, conducted by Anne Lyman. The composer’s website is at: www.societyofcomposers.org/user/jackgallagher.html.

Premieres

Dance No More (after Thomas Chatterton), was introduced by the Wooster (OH) High School Concert Choir, directed by Amy Gilbert. Springsong (after Shakespeare), was first heard on May 1 in a performance by the Wayne Center for the Arts Children’s Chorus, under the direction of Toni Shreve, at Dalton (OH) High School.

Performances

Toccata for Brass Quintet was introduced by the Lamoine Brass Quintet in a performance at Western Illinois University and again, in a concert by the Academia Brass Quintet in Seoul, Korea. The Virginia Tech University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by Patrick Casey, performed A Psalm of Life January 20, 2006 at the Ninth Annual Honor Band Weekend, Blacksburg in VA; and the Cincinnati (OH) College-Conservatory Symphony Band, under the direction of Terence Milligan, performed the work again on January 31. Jeffrey Doebler led the Valparaiso University Chamber Concert Band in a performance of Diversions: Triptych for Symphonic Band on April 28; the Overture from Diversions was heard April 30 as performed by the Wooster (OH) Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of the composer, at the College of Wooster. The composer also led the Wooster Scot Symphonic Band in a May 14 performance of Proteus Rising from the Sea, for the College of Wooster Commencement Concert. The piano solo Nocturne received performances from Jeri-Mae Astolfi at Henderson State University, AR; at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock; at Pensacola Junior College; at Florida State University; at the University of South Florida School of Music; and at The College Music Society/Society of Composers, Inc. 2006 National Conference, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX.

Publications

Sonata Breve, unaccompanied trumpet; Three Little Waltzes and Pastorale, piano; both by Editions BIM (Vuarmarens, Switzerland).

Recordings

Nocturne, Jeri-Mae Astolfi, pianist, Society of Composers, Inc. Performers Series, Capstone Records. Diversions Overture, Kiev Philharmonic, Robert Ian Winstin, Conductor; Masterworks of the New Era, vol. 7, ERMMedia ERM-6709. Sonata for Trumpet Unaccompanied, Frederic Presle, trumpet, Monophony for Trumpet Alone, Promuse 5702.

 

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