Composer Yvonne Freckmann has been awarded a 2014-2015 Fulbright Full Grant for the Netherlands. She is studying multimedia composition at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague with Yannis Kyriakides and Peter Adriaansz. She has hit the ground running, presenting pieces in conservatory concerts, and working on new projects for the spring, including a collaboration with the Zvuv String Trio called Leaf Cycle, and a piece for seven players and field recording Train. Cellist Clara Rivière Visier premiered a new work entitled Cinco Letras in December 2014.
Etelka Róza Nagy, flutist from Hungary, gave the European premiere of Melampau for solo flute at a TEST concert in October 2014 at the Nutshuis in Den Haag, Netherlands. Here is the video of her dynamic performance.
This summer has been filled with opera productions new and old. Thompson Street Opera Company premiered “Rootabaga Stories” – an opera in two acts based on Carl Sandburg children’s stories, and Fresh Voices XIV produced the California premiere of “Close Encounter of the Hillbilly Kind” – the fourth staging of this piece. Here are some photos.