Alvin Singleton, http://www.alvinsingleton.com, a composer who has been featured on AfriClassical for years, sends this news release:
On November 7, Michael Votta leads the University of Maryland Wind Ensemble in the world premiere of Where the Good Sounds Live, Alvin Singleton’s new work for concert band. The performance takes place at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center's Dekelboum Concert Hall in College Park, Maryland. Dr. Jack Stamp and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Wind Ensemble, who perform the work on November 15, lead a consortium of twenty-three bands and wind ensembles from throughout the United States who are bringing this new piece to life.
Where the Good Sounds Live was composed in memory of Dr. Myron D. Moss, the distinguished music program director and associate professor at Drexel University who passed away in July of 2012. Dr. Moss was a leading authority on African-American composers, specifically in the world of concert band music. Where the Good Sounds Live brings Singleton’s distinctive sonic imprint to the symphonic wind band world, with an extended fanfare that defies presumptions. This compelling piece takes musicians and audiences into a world unlike any other found in the band repertoire.
The Indiana University of Pennsylvania hosts Singleton for a residency preceding the IUP Wind Ensemble's performance on November 15, led by Jack Stamp. A portrait concert on November 13 at the University's Gorell Recital Hall includes performances of Ishirini for two violins, Fifty Times Around the Sun for clarinet and piano, Argoru III for flute, Argoru VII for vibraphone, Argoru VIII for snare drum, and Through It All for woodwind quintet. On November 14, the IUP Concert Band performs Singleton’s Ridgeview Centrum, a fanfare composed during his residency at Ridgeview Middle School in Atlanta, Georgia in 2001.
Later this month, Tim Paul leads the University of Oregon Symphonic Band in a performance of Where the Good Sounds Live at the University's Beall Concert Hall. The performance takes place on November 19.
For more information on Alvin Singleton visit schott-music.com.
Where the Good Sounds Live (2014)
for concert band
for two violins
Fifty Times Around the Sun (1999)
for clarinet and piano
Argoru III (1971)
for solo flute
Argoru VII (1994)
for solo vibraphone
Argoru VIII (2002)
for solo snare drum
Through It All (2008)
for wind quintet