2011 Not my Lover, for tenor trombone and string trio

Especially composed for MSU’s Musique 21 Ensemble for a program titled “Return Flight” conceived around György Ligeti’s Musica Ricercata. Premiered on November 29, 2011 by trombonist Steven Kandow and Musque 21 at Snyder Hall, Michigan State University.

Approx. duration: 3:30 minutes.

2011 The Worst [Empanadas] in London, for solo piano

Commissioned by Music in the Loft especially for Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the piano, a tribute project that gathers piano adaptations of Stephen Sondheim’s songs by more than thirty composers. Premiered at Symphony Space in New York City by Anthony de Mare on April 21, 2012.

Approx. duration:  5 minutes.

2011 Monkey to the Sky: Concertino for euphonium, piano and winds

Commissioned by Robert Benton and the New Euphonium Music Commissioning Consortium.  Scored specifically for the same instrumentation used in Leos Janacek’s 1926 Capriccio. Premiered on May 4, 2011 by Robert Benton and a student ensemble from University of Michigan, Stamps Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Approx. duration: 12 minutes.

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2010 Merengue en el Espejo (Merengue in the Mirror) for flute duet

Commissioned by Molly Barth and Luis Julio Toro with funds provided by the University of Oregon.  Premiered on October 28, 2010 at the Cervantino Festival, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Approx. duration:  12 minutes

2010 Canciones de Jara (Jara Songs): Concerto for viola and Orchestra

Composed for and premiered by violist Roberto Díaz through a Michigan State University Intramural Grant (IRGP) from the Vice-President’s Office for Research.  Premiered on October 22, 2010 by R. Díaz and the Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra, Leon Gregorian, conductor.  East Coast premiere in Camden, NJ on October 15, 2011 by R. Díaz and Symphony in C, Rossen Milanov, conductor.

Approx. duration:  30 minutes.

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In Memoriam Fredda Hyman (1937-2011)

Fredda Hyman in her music-filled loft (photo by Antonio Pérez for the Chicago Tribune)

On December 1st, 2011 Music in the Loft founder Fredda Hyman passed away in her Chicago loft.  On that day, up and coming performers and composers lost one of their greatest champions.  As for myself, I lost one of my greatest friends and supporters, a surrogate mom and a confidant.  Please read my Tribute to Fredda Hyman, founder and artistic director for almost two decades of Music in the Loft.

Watch Lorenz’s Concerto for Maracas on Brazilian TV

Alcides Rodriguez performs Ricardo Lorenz’s Pataruco: Concerto for Venezuelan Maracas and Orchestra with the Orquestra Filarmonica de Minas Gerais conducted by Fabio Michetti. This performance was broadcasted on Brazil’s Rede Minas public television station.

NEW RELEASE: Rochela (Raw Cello) for nine violoncelli

Rochela (Raw Cello). Germán Marcano, cello.  Also featuring chamber arrangements of other  works by Venezuelan composers.   Esperanto CD Systems, Venezuela, 2011.

East Coast Premiere of Lorenz’s Viola Concerto


Backstage after the Symphony in C premiere of Lorenz's viola concerto. L to R: Díaz, composer M. Contreras, Lorenz, violist A. Linares, Milanov, visual artist S. Amundaraín, and composer E. Amaya

A year after its first performance at Michigan State University, Ricardo Lorenz’s Viola Concerto received its East Coast premiere on October 15, 2011.  This time it was outside of Philadelphia, once again with violist Roberto Díaz for whom the concerto titled Canciones de Jara was especially composed, and this time accompanied by Symphony in C, a recently created professional training orchestra lead by conductor Rossen Milanov.   Lorenz’s concerto opened the orchestra’s 2011-2012 season along with staple works from the symphonic repertoire such as Listz’s Mephisto Waltz No. 1 and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.

Canciones de Jara: Recalling the Soul of an Activist

Though there appears to be a tension between the song short form -simple, with alternating verses and choruses- and the large symphonic form developed during the classical era in Europe, Lorenz uses Canciones de Jara to resolve some of those contradictions and explore the deeper meanings of Jara’s songs. ‘That’s what the symphonic context allows,’ he says. 

Courier Post’s Dave Allen previewing the East Coast premiere of Lorenz’s Canciones de Jara with Roberto Díaz and Symphony in C, conducted by Rossen Milanov.

Read entire article published in the CourierPostOnline.com

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