Watch “Children of Zeus” World Premiere

Children of Zeus

for Chorus and Orchestra
Brian Wilbur Grundstrom

i. Hercules – 6 min
ii. Aphrodite – 10 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

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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
Music Directors Andrew Blake Clark and Sarah Lorek

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

Children of Zeus Wins!

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Children of Zeus receives Bronze and Gold at the 2017 TIVA Peer Awards. Brian Wilbur Grundstrom with Maestro Jeffrey Dokken, who commissioned and conducted Children of Zeus.

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

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

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

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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

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/

 

 

An Orchestral Journey CD is released!

 

Brian Wilbur Grundstrom: An Orchestral Journey CD

Released August 12, 2016
Order today!!

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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

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