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Grundstrom’s Children of Zeus – June 3 and 4 concerts – watch the video

May 21, 2017

We had an amazing concert of Children of Zeus in Wilmington, Delaware on April 29th with CoroAllegro and The Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia, conducted by Maestro Jeffrey Sean Dokken. I have created a “Making of” video for Children of Zeus because I want to convey the excitement around this world premiere. Watch excerpts of the piece and what people involved have to say.

For those of you in the Washington DC area, you haven’t missed the opportunity to see the work first hand. The second concert is at the Masonic Temple in Alexandria on Saturday, June 3rd at 7pm, and the third and final concert is on Sunday June 4 in Great Mills, MD.  St. Maries Choral Arts, the third commissioning ensemble, is joining CoroAllegro and SONOVA for both of these concerts to form a huge chorus to sing along with the 58 piece orchestra. In addition to the video, more information and links for tickets are at www.brianwilbur.com.

Hope to see you there! If you aren’t nearby, you can still enjoy the video!

Cheers,
Brian Wilbur Grundstrom
www.brianwilbur.com

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“Children of Zeus” world premiere for chorus and orchestra in rehearsal

April 21, 2017

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Children of Zeus
for
Chorus and Orchestra
by
Brian Wilbur Grundstrom

i. Hercules – 6 min
ii. Aphrodite – 9 min
iii. Ares – 10 min
iv. Dionysus – 11 min
v. Apollo – 9 min

3 flute (2 double on piccolo), 2 oboe, English horn, 3 clarinet in Bb, bass clarinet, 2 bassoon, 4 horn in F, 3 trumpet, 3 trombone, tuba, timpani, triangle, snare drum, bass drum, glockenspiel, wind chimes, harp, SSAATTBB chorus, strings

Commissioned by
Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia
Jeffrey Sean Dokken, Music Director
CoroAllegro
St. Maries Choral Arts in memory of our dear friend and colleague, Robert W. Boyd

World Premiere Performances
April 29, 2017, Baby Grand, Wilmington, DE
June 3, 2017 Masonic Temple, Alexandria VA
June 4, 2017, 3:30pm, Leonardtown High School, 23995 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650

“Children of Zeus is an incredibly exciting new commission by American Composer Brian Wilbur Grundstrom. It is comprised of 5 movements, each one focusing on one of Zeus’s children. Grundstrom has masterfully set to music text about these Greek Gods and Goddesses, capturing their spirits and personalities in this epic new work for orchestra and choir. From the lush, mysterious harmonies of Dionysus to the loud and militaristic Ares. From the beautiful melody of Aphrodite and the cynicism of Hercules, to the almost hypnotic refrain of Apollo. Children of Zeus is a magnificent new work that will keep you engaged, entertained, and educated from first note to last.” ~ Maestro Jeffrey Sean Dokken

more information at http://www.brianwilbur.com

Radio GuyLive program American Highways features Contentment, Poem for Orchestra

March 26, 2017

Pianist Guy Livingston, who has played my Hoedown in Sixty Seconds for his One Minute More concert program with tailored made films, has included my Contentment, Poem for Orchestra from my CD An Orchestral Journey, along with composers Steve Reich, Paul Bowles, Terry Riley, Gene Pritsker, Alan Hovaness, Timo Andres, William Bolcom and Kurt Weill in his radio program!  Thank you Guy!

Take a listen:  http://guylivingston.com/radio/podcast-77-new-releases/

 

 

Croatian National Radio debut!

March 19, 2017

Suite for Chamber Orchestra is featured on Croatian National Radio tomorrow!
http://radio.hrt.hr/treci-program/ep/americana/199904/

An Orchestral Journey CD is released!

August 14, 2016

 

Brian Wilbur Grundstrom: An Orchestral Journey CD

Released August 12, 2016
Order today!!

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www.brianwilbur.com

An Orchestral Journey was recorded on July 23 and 24, 2015 at Omega Recording Studios in Rockville, Maryland in July. The studio’s orchestra was conducted by Maestro Erik Ochsner and Parma Recordings did all the engineering and post production. Works included on the CD are:

Contentment, Poem for Orchestra (2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn ,4 hn 3 tpt, 3 tbn 1 tb, timp, perc, strings) (10:54) (1999)

Maestro Erik Ochsner and Omega Studios Orchestra

Jubilation! Dance for Orchestra (2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn ,4 hn 3 tpt, 3 tbn 1 tb, timp, xyl, vibr, mar, perc, strings) (8:20) (2000)

Maestro Erik Ochsner and Omega Studios Orchestra

Suite for Chamber Orchestra (fl,ob,cl,bn,hn,timp,strings)

I. Before the Fall (10:18) (2001)

II. Avalon (12:54) (2002)

III. Celebration (8:00) (2002)

Maestro Erik Ochsner and Omega Studios Orchestra

American Reflections for Strings and Harp (14:32) (2009)

Maestro Robert Ian Winstin and the Millennium Orchestra

Chenonceau (fl,ob,cl,bn,hn,strings) (13:22) (2013)

Maestro Erik Ochsner and Omega Studios Orchestra

Original photos by Matt LeClair

Artwork by Parma Recordings

https://player.vimeo.com/video/161500587An_Orchestral_Journey_CD_Excerpts

Review from InfoDad.com

There is much of interest as well on a new Navona CD of the music of Brian Wilbur Grundstrom … shows a great deal of compositional skill and provides some very fine and sensitive performances of works by a contemporary composer whose solid craftsmanship offers much to be admired. more

How to Give Birth to a Rabbit

July 7, 2016

I’ve written two songs for a new musical premiering this Saturday in the DC Fringe Festival. I’ve made both the doctor and the king sing, using lyrics by Jon Gann. Rehearsal was great this week and I’m looking forward to opening Saturday.   See rabbitmusical.com

Cheers,

Brian
www.brianwilbur.com

HowToGiveBirthToARabbit

Jon writes:

“HOW TO GIVE BIRTH TO A RABBIT” is a theatrical song cycle premiering at the Capital Fringe Festival. The story — and the themes of poverty, pride, pomp, and fraud — are revealed through character monologues — each expressing their desires, actions, and the results of their involvement.

The true, twisted story of 18th century peasant Mary Toft, and those who instigated, verified, promoted — and ultimately vilified — her plot to better herself weaves together the lives of many people: from the poorest in 18th-century England to King George I. Her dramatic delivery of praeternatural rabbits continues to puzzle and inspire, and today, her legend lives on.

We are excited to announce that tickets to “How to Give Birth to a Rabbit” are now on sale though the Capital Fringe website:
https://www.capitalfringe.org/events/895-how-to-give-birth-to-a-rabbit or rabbitmusical.com

 

We look forward to seeing you starting this week. If you are not yet following us on Facebook, please do so. We are posting photos and video from rehearsals so you can watch the show’s progress. https://www.facebook.com/rabbitmusical

Jon Gann
Producer

Vote for CD Cover for Brian Wilbur Grundstrom: An Orchestral Journey

October 5, 2015
I’m so excited to have hired an orchestra for two full days of recording this summer! My first orchestral CD is currently in post production at Parma Recordings.

Parma has designed two options for my CD cover, and I would like your input as to which one I should use. Please vote for your choice of the two covers below.

After voting, you will have a chance to listen to a sneak preview, including an excerpt from my scene for an opera based on Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls that was also just recorded!

Cheers,

BWG Signature
Brian Wilbur Grundstrom

www.brianwilbur.com
Composer
brian@brianwilbur.com
213-2600-BWG


Vote for your choice of CD Cover!

CD Cover A
Cover A above, Cover B below
CD Cover B

An Orchestral Journey was recorded on July 23 and 24, 2015 at Omega Recording Studios in Rockville, Maryland in July. The studio’s orchestra was conducted by Maestro Erik Ochsner and Parma Recordings is doing all the engineering and post production. Works included on the CD are:

Contentment, Poem for Orchestra (2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn ,4 hn 3 tpt, 3 tbn 1 tb, timp, perc, strings) (10:54) (1999)
Maestro Erik Ochsner and Omega Studios Orchestra

Jubilation! Dance for Orchestra (2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn ,4 hn 3 tpt, 3 tbn 1 tb, timp, xyl, vibr, mar, perc, strings) (8:20) (2000)
Maestro Erik Ochsner and Omega Studios Orchestra

Suite for Chamber Orchestra (fl,ob,cl,bn,hn,timp,strings)
I. Before the Fall (10:18) (2001)
II. Avalon (12:54) (2002)
III. Celebration (8:00) (2002)
Maestro Erik Ochsner and Omega Studios Orchestra

American Reflections for Strings and Harp (14:32) (2009)
Maestro Robert Ian Winstin and the Millennium Orchestra

Chenonceau (fl,ob,cl,bn,hn,strings) (13:22) (2013)
Maestro Erik Ochsner and Omega Studios Orchestra

Original photos by Matt LeClair
Artwork by Parma Recordings

Ruth Bader Ginsberg attends reading of Grundstrom’s opera

August 10, 2015

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg attends performance of Brian Wilbur Grundstrom’s opera reading of Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls at the composer’s home.  The reading was in preparation for a recording with full orchestra at Omega Recording Studios in Rockville, MD.

From left to right:

Maestro Erik Ochsner, Tenor Jesus Daniel Hernandez, Soprano Kelly Curtin, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Composer Brian Wilbur Grundstrom, Librettist David Dorsen, Mezzo Suzanne Chadwick and Bariton Jose Sacin.  Photo by Matt Leclair.

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American Reflections performed in Ecuador by La Orquestra Sinfonica de Quayaquil

July 8, 2015
Maestro Jeffrey Dokken conducts La Orchestra Sinfonica de Quayaquil with Brian Wilbur Grundstrom's American Reflections for Strings and Harp

Maestro Jeffrey Dokken conducts La Orchestra Sinfonica de Quayaquil with Brian Wilbur Grundstrom’s American Reflections for Strings and Harp

Maestro Jeffrey Dokken is directing La Orquestra Sinfonica de Guayaquil in a concert this Friday that includes Brian Wilbur Grundstrom’s American Reflections for Strings and Harp.  This is Grundstrom’s first performance outside of North America!

Composer Brian Wilbur Grundstrom conducts Tessitura Mission Statement for tenth year!

September 7, 2014
Composer Brian Wilbur Grundstrom conducts the Tessitura Network Chorus in Dallas.

Composer Brian Wilbur Grundstrom conducts the Tessitura Network Chorus in Dallas.

For the tenth year in a row, composer Brian Wilbur Grundstrom has conducted the Tessitura Network chorus at the annual Tessitura Conference. BWG’s composition was commissioned for Tessitura, and was re-written when Tessitura re-wrote its mission statement a few years ago. To mark such a momentous occasion, conference chair Don Youngberg presented BWG with a ginormous cowboy hat, in honor of the conference being in Dallas, the land where everything is big. Photos by josephmark.com. Video edited by BWG. More information about Tessitura is at http://www.tessituranetwork.com, and more of Brian Wilbur Grundstrom’s compositions can be heard at www.brianwilbur.com.

Listen on youtube: http://youtu.be/GBSVqzVvQh4