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Harold Schiffman   
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Annual Updates

 

2011

Harold Schiffman was a special guest composer on the UNCG School of Music faculty composers’ concert, on 2/23/10.  The University of North Carolina at Greensboro archive of Harold Schiffman’s music, and the Egon Wellesz Contemporary Music Collection (a gift from Harold Schiffman and Jane Perry-Camp, with additions from Julia Rosenthal) are now online.  

PREMIERES

Serenata Concertante for Ten Instruments by The North/South Chamber Orchestra conducted by Max Lifchitz at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church in New York, NY on 5/18/10.

PERFORMANCES

Blood Mountain: A Song Cycle by Gayle Seaton, soprano and Jane Perry-Camp, piano at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music in Greensboro, NC on 2/23/10.

RECORDINGS

Duo Concertante for clarinet and violin by Richard Goldsmith, clarinet; Aaron Boyd, violin.  Fantasy Suite, for viola solo by Ah Ling Neu, viola.  Blood Mountain: A Song Cycle for soprano and piano by Gayle Seaton, soprano and Jane Perry-Camp, piano.  Seven Bagatelles for flute and oboe by Lisa Hansen, flute and Gary Hamme, oboe.  Sonata No. 1 for Piano by Max Lifchitz, piano.  North/South Recordings N/S R1053, Harold Schiffman At 80! Released 1/10.

 


2010

NEWS

Harold Schiffman is Professor Emeritus of Composition in the Florida State University College of Music. He continues to reside in Tallahassee, FL (winter and spring) and Robbinsville, NC (summer and fall). In a ceremony at the City Hall, October 16, 2008, the Mayor of Györ, Hungary, presented the composer with the city’s silver medal and a certificate in recognition of his contributions to the cultural life of the city. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro established an archive of Harold Schiffman’s music, February 20, 2009. The archive, housed in the Special Collections Division of the University’s Jackson Library, has a copy of all of the composer’s works to date. It will eventually have all his manuscripts, sketches, and his personal music library.

PREMIERES

Alma, a cantata for mezzo-soprano, mixed chorus, and orchestra, was given its European premiere October 16, 2008, by Katalin Halmai, the Hungarian National Choir and Györ Philharmonic Orchestra, both under the direction of Mátyás Antal; Györ, Hungary, János Richter Hall, Raiffeisen Franz Liszt Series.

RECORDINGS

Harold Schiffman Orchestral Works, includes Symphony No. 2: Music for Györ, Ninnerella Variata, Variations on ‘Branchwater’ for guitar and orchestra, Blood Mountain Suite, and Overture to a Comedy; guitarist Katalin Koltai, Györ Philharmonic Orchestra led by Antal; North/South Recordings N/S R1050.


 

2009

Professor Emeritus of Composition in the Florida State University College of Music, the composer continues to reside in Tallahassee, FL (winter and spring) and Robbinsville, North Carolina (summer and fall). Three concerts of his music celebrated his 80th birth year in 2008: March 1 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) School of Music; March 9 at The Gilder Lehrman Hall of The J. Pierpont Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY; and October 16, Gyor, Hungary, featuring the European premiere of Schiffman’s cantata, Alma (2002), performed by mezzo soprano Katalin Halmai, the Hungarian National Choir, and the Gyor Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Mátyás Antal.

PREMIERES

The song cycle Blood Mountain (text from Black Shawl by North Carolina Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer) was introduced March 9, 2008, by soprano Gayle Seaton and pianist Jane Perry-Camp, while violinist Aaron Boyd and clarinetist Richard Goldsmith gave the premiere of Duo Concertante for Violin and Clarinet on the same program; other works performed on the same concert included Romanza from Spectrum and Two Country Dances for Lady Jane by pianist Jane Perry-Camp; Pentalogue by violinist Fabián López and pianist Inara Zandmane; Concertino for Eleven Saxophones by the UNCG Saxophone Ensemble led by Matthew McClure; Alma by mezzo-soprano Hope Fairfield Thacker; assisted by UNCG Chamber Singers, UNCG University Chorale, UNCG Faculty and Student Orchestra, all under the direction of Welborn Young; Gilder Lehrman Hall of the J. Pierpont Morgan Library and Museum, New York, NY.

PERFORMANCES

Concertino for Flute and String Orchestra was performed March 1, 2008 by flutist Deborah Egekvist with The Gate City Camerata under the direction of Matthew Troy, UNCG School of Music. Other works performed in 2008 included Fantasy Suite by violist Ah-Ling Neu; Seven Bagatelles by flutist Lisa Hansen and oboist Gary Hamme; and Sonata No. 1 for piano, by Max Lifchitz.

RECORDINGS

Harold Schiffman: Three Concerti, includes Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, with Rebekah Binford; Double Concerto for Horn, Bassoon and String Orchestra, with Tamás Zempléni and Pál Bokor; Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra, with Ákos Takács; The Gyor Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Mátyás Antal; North/South Recordings N/S R 1047. Remembrance/Recuerdos: Music by Composers from Cuba and the US, includes Concertino for Flute and String Orchestra, Lisa Hansen and The North/South Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Max Lifchitz; North/South Recordings N/S R 1045.

 

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