Friday, October 21, 2011

"In Memoriam" Performed at Northeastern Illinois University

On Thursday, October 20 the Northeastern Illinois University String Orchestra gave a very successful and well received performance of Russo's "In Memoriam" 9-11 for Strings -- Brian Groner, conductor.

Here is the program:
Thursday, October 20, 2011 • 3:05 P.M. • Recital Hall
NEIU STRING ORCHESTRA
Brian Groner, conductor

Serenade, for strings in E minor, Op. 20........................ Edward Elgar (1857–1934)
    
Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 68 BB 76............................ Béla Bartók (1881–1945)
    
In Memoriam–9/11............................................................................. Joseph M. Russo

String Sonata No. 1 in G major.............................. Gioachino Rossini (1792–1868)
    
Divertimento in F major................................................... W. A. Mozart (1756–1791)
“Salzburg Symphony No. 3”, K. 138
    

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Second Symphony Completed

Russo has composed his 2nd Symphony.  This tonal four (4) movement work is score for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 French horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, 1 timpani (also playing triangle) and strings.  The four movements run approximately 34 minutes total.   If you would like to hear the computer generated sound files of the four movements you may click here.    The work may be scheduled for its world premiere sometime in the spring of 2012 or during the 2012-2013 season -- the orchestra to premiere the work has yet to be chosen.

Monday, October 3, 2011

"Seasides" Trombone Quartet Premiered in the UK

On Saturday, October 1, 2011 Russo's three movement trombone quartet "Seasides" was given its world premiere in Beverley UK (in Yorkshire) by trombonist Jim Stretton's newly formed trombone quartet called "A Bit On The Slide".  To read the review of that performance you may click here.   Sometime soon a live recording of this trombone quartet will be posted here as well -- check back soon!