Thursday, May 3, 2012

Composer Robert Beaser and Guitarist Eliot Fisk come to June in Buffalo 2012!

We at the Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music are gearing up for the upcoming June in Buffalo Festival and are excited to have Robert Beaser as a Senior Faculty Composer this year. June in Buffalo 2012 will begin on Monday, June 4th, and culminate in an exciting orchestral finale by the  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 10th, at Lippes Concert Hall at the University at Buffalo. Sunday’s concert will feature the Guitar Concerto by Robert Beaser, with soloist Eliot Fisk, as well as works by David Felder, Fred Lerdahl, and Steven Stucky.

Robert Beaser

Robert Beaser has garnered tremendous admiration amongst a wide variety of audiences, and has been described as “one of this country’s huge composing talents, with a gift for vocal writing that is perhaps unequaled,” by The Baltimore Sun. Gramophone magazine has given his music tremendous accolades and called it, “masterly... dazzlingly colorful, fearless of gesture... beautifully fashioned and ingeniously constructed.” He has received myriads of commissions by some of today’s top ensembles and orchestras, including The New York Philharmonic, The Chicago Symphony, The Saint Louis Symphony, The American Composers Orchestra, The Baltimore Symphony, The Minnesota Orchestra, Chanticleer, and New York City Opera. Some exciting premieres in China will be coming up for Robert Beaser this month, including his Piano Concerto, and his Song of the Bells, to be performed on May 19th, and May 21st, respectively, at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing (English-language website available here).

Below is a video of Eliot Fisk offering a dynamic performance of an excerpt from the final movement of Robert Beaser’s Guitar Concerto.

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