Tag: composers

A Celtic Summertide: The Art of Collaboration

Collaborating artist Emily Curtin Culler, soprano, will premiere a new collection of Irish songs and join us in other traditional works specially arranged for this concert.

Dancing in the Sky

In her latest work, “Sky Dance”, Laura composed both the music and the lyrics, arranging for flute, clarinet, ukulele, guitar, harp, and a very special mother-daughter vocal duet.

A Bunch of Nonsense?

Can a composer use words to play with music rather than using music to play with words?

One Ambivalent Shepherd

We explore one of Franz Schubert’s most celebrated lieder and learn how music and words can become inseparable.

A Manitou Christmas Medley

In our annual winter concert, Manitou Winds presents a program of music, poetry, and prose inspiring you to embrace winter. As creative director of Manitou Winds, I spend a lot of time searching through titles and listening to music, curating the individual pieces that…

Summer Waltzes Out

As I was writing this short waltz, I was picturing a hot and humid summer night, with a warm wind blowing and the cicadas and crickets chirping…

New Voices: Laura Hood

Laura composed “First Flight” to honor her friend Rebecca Lessard, founder of Wings of Wonder, a raptor rehabilitation center and sanctuary based in Empire, MI.

New Voices: Daniel Baldwin

In Baldwin’s “Landscapes”, the music delves into the life story of the artist, evoking the symbolism of the imagery while translating it into the unique timbres of the quartet.

New Voices: Jenni Brandon

In “On Holt Avenue”, each of the four movements presents a small vignette from Jenni’s memories of daily life in her apartment in a particular Los Angeles neighborhood.

New Voices: Bonnie L. Cochran

The flute is capable of so many modern special effects and extended techniques that a large swath of modern flute music tends to explore these extra-musical sounds and effects rather than drawing the listener in. Bonnie’s music manages to be undeniably modern yet unquestionably musical.

New Voices: Deborah J. Anderson

“Five Songs for Kathleen” is a brilliant song cycle combining the often bittersweet imagery of the poets’ lines with Deborah’s signature warm and graceful melodic writing.

New Voices: The Art of Collaboration

One of the aspects we enjoy most about putting together one of our seasonal concerts is the opportunity to collaborate with a talented local artist in our area of Northern Michigan. But, what does it mean to “collaborate” with another artist—especially when you work in a completely different medium?

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