Friday, September 28, 2018

Russo Third Symphony World Premiere!

Russo's Third Symphony will be be given its world premiere performance by Orchestra New England at their 7:30pm concert on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Battell Chapel in New Haven, Connecticut.  This concert will celebrate the 45th birthday of Orchestra New England.  (Russo will be playing bass on this concert).   If you would like to learn more about this concert and acquire tickets to this concert you may do so by clicking here.   If you would like to listen to the computer generated sound files for the four movements of Russo's Third Symphony you may do so by clicking here.    The symphony is scored for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 French horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, percussion (one player) and strings.   It runs about 39 minutes.   Hope to see you at the performance on March 9, 2019! 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Russo's "Distant Light" Septet to be performed on Saturday, September 22


Canta Libre Chamber Ensemble in Multi-Media Concert This Saturday, September 22 at Vanderbilt Museum’s
Reichert Planetarium in Centerport, New York

Canta Libre Chamber Ensemble will be in concert, performing A Heavenly Flight of the Autumn Sky, music for flute, clarinet, harp and strings this Saturday, September 22 at 6:00 PM, in a multi-media event at the Vanderbilt Museum’s Charles and Helen Reichert Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road in Centerport, NY.

Experience this acclaimed group of musicians performing contemporary American works as the planetarium gets utilized to its fullest potential. The dome will be filled with images of the stars, nebulae, galaxies and much more! The ensemble will feature music evoking all seasons of the year, highlighting Autumn specifically. The Fall night sky will be laid out in 360 degrees above the audience and the autumnal constellations will be brought into view.

Repertoire for this special concert celebrating the Fall equinox will be new American works for seven players, including the World Premiere of Joel Lambdin’s Abstract No. 1 (composed to commemorate this special event), Joseph Russo’s Distant Light and Gary Schocker’s Cherry Blossoms, along with contemporary Canadian composer Marjan Mozetich’s Angels in Flight and Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro.

Performers will be Canta Libre members Sally Shorrock, flute, Karen Lindquist, harp, Bradley Bosenbeck, violin, Veronica Salas, viola and Bernard Tamosaitis, cello, with special guests Janey Choi, violin and Alec Manasse, clarinet.

Tickets for this concert are $20 on-line; $25 at the door; and $15 for children 15 and younger, available at https://47321.blackbaudhosting.com/47321/Canta-Libre-Concert. For more information and directions, call 631-854-5579 or visit https://www.vanderbiltmuseum.org/event/cantra-libre-chamber-ensemble-to-perform-in-planetarium/.


About the Planetarium
The 147-seat Planetarium’s 60-foot dome and advanced Konica Minolta projection system with full-dome video and surround-sound creates an exciting, immersive audience experience.

Get directions to the Planetarium at https://www.vanderbiltmuseum.org/contact/


About Canta Libre
Canta Libre was founded in 2002 by flutist Sally Shorrock to foster the performance and enjoyment of musical literature specifically written for flute, harp and strings. They have been acclaimed by audiences throughout the Northeast, with regular performances in Connecticut, Westchester and Long Island. They were featured at The American Harp Society 50th Anniversary National Conference, and have appeared at Lincoln Center, on WNYC at The Green Space, The Music Festival of the Hamptons, Barge Music, Concerts at One at Trinity Church in Manhattan, WLIW TV, National Public Radio of Long Island, and The Brooklyn Public Library. Trained at the finest conservatories, many of the members have performed and toured internationally with appearances at major festivals, including Aspen, Spoleto and Tanglewood. Their critically-acclaimed CD of music by Jean Francaix, Joseph Guy Ropartz, Jean Yves Daniel-Lesur and Maurice Ravel is available on the 4Tay label. Much more about them at http://www.cantalibre.org.

For inquiries about Canta Libre Chamber Ensemble, please contact Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at 516-586-3433 or jamesarts@att.net.

Monday, September 3, 2018

In Memoriam for Orchestra Completed

Russo finished work on his IN MEMORIAM for Orchestra.  This 6:30 minute tonal work is scored for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 3 French horns, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, 1 bass trombone, 1 tuba, 3 percussionists (timpani, tubular bell, triangle, bass drum, snare drum, tam-tam) and strings.  In this music he expresses the grief and sadness associated with death.  If you would like to listen to the computer generated sound file of this music you may do so by clicking here.

Monday, July 23, 2018

New Orchestra Piece -- Remembrance -- Completed

After the moving premiere performance of Russo's "Forever Young" Overture at a New Haven (CT) Memorial Day concert (with Orchestra New England) 2018, Russo decided to compose another piece for our veterans: "Remembrance" - the piece expresses the various emotions associated with our memories of those no longer here....upsetness (that they are no longer here), the warmth of our memories, the joy of our memories and finally the happiness of our memories.  The piece is scored for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 3 French horns, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, 1 bass trombone, 1 tuba, 3 percussionists (timpani, tubular bell, tam-tam, bass drum, snare drum, triangle) and strings.  This one movement tonal piece runs a little over 6 minutes.

If you would like to listen to the computer generated rendition of this music you may do so by clicking here.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Flute Orchestra Music Completed

Russo was commissioned by flutist Helene Rosenblatt to compose a signature piece for the newly form Connecticut Flute Orchestra -- this two movement work is dedicated to this fine ensemble.  This flute orchestra music was completed in June 2018.  It consists of two tonal movements: one depicting the Connecticut State tree (Mountain-laurel) and one depicting the Connecticut State bird (American Robin).

The world premiere of this music will happen on Sunday,  September 16, 2018 at 2 PM at Crowell Concert Hall, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT .  Directions to the concert location are here:   http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa/visit/crowellconcerthall-directions.html .  This concert is free and open to the public.

If you would like to listen to the computer generated sound files of each movement you may do so by clicking here.

Hope to see you at the concert on September 16, 2018!


Saturday, June 23, 2018

New work for Strings - "Together"

At the 2017 Elm City Chamber Festival music director Sascha Mandl suggested that Russo compose a work for strings based on religious songs.   Russo did so in October 2017 - the songs referenced in this 7 minute piece are Jewish, Islamic, Christian and India Hindu -- and near the end of the piece the composer superimposes all four songs together -- they are all played together at the same time -- thus, the title of this new string work: Together.    The music will be given its first performance during the 2018 Elm City Chamber Festival (Cheshire, CT)....here are the details:   
Saturday, July 14 at 9:30am and 2:00pm
Student Final Performance Gala
Cheshire Academy
10 Main Street, Cheshire, CT 06410

The concert is free and open to the public.

If you would like to listen to the computer generated sound file of this music you may do so by clicking here.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Successful Premiere of "Forever Young"

Russo's "Forever Young" received its first performance at New Haven's Memorial Day Concert on Sunday, May 27, 2018 by Orchestra New England under the direction of conductor James Sinclair.  The performance took place at Lyman Auditorium on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. The performance was enthusiastically received by the audience, giving Russo and the orchestra a standing ovation.  The composer said "The audience's response to my 'Forever Young" overture was overwhelming to me.....it was especially moving since there were so many veterans and veterans' families in the audience.  My dear friends in the orchestra performed my music beautifully -- I was greatly moved by their wonderful performance of my heartfelt music".   

Saturday, May 5, 2018

"Forever Young" Overture to be given its World Premiere

On Sunday, May 27th at 5pm Russo's "Forever Young" Overture will be given its first performance by Orchestra New England, James Sinclair conductor at Lyman Auditorium on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University - 501 Crescent Street, New Haven, CT 06515.   This music is on the program of this Memorial Day Concert which the City of New Haven sponsors each year.   The concert is free and open to the public.

Below is some information regarding the music:


Descriptive information about “Forever Young” Overture from the composer:

"In June 2017 I watched a documentary about the June 6, 1944 D-Day landing at Normandy.   In the course of the documentary, while they scanned the many white crosses of the Normandy cemetery, a general said “We consider the many young soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice that day as ‘Forever Young’”   That heartfelt comment inspired the composing of my Forever Young Overture during the summer of 2017 – in the music I try to express the strength and courage those young soldiers had and their sacrifice for freedom on that fateful day.    The fact that my father, George Russo, landed in Normandy later that June added to the personal nature of the music."


Friendship Concert Huge Success

At 3:30pm on Sunday April 29th at the Wilton (CT) Library Russo's "Friendship Concert" was performed to an audience of about 150 people.   The performers played Russo's music superbly and a great time was had by all.   The specific information (i.e. performers, program) can be read in a previous post below.   

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Special Concert of Russo music -- April 29th


Here is the information about this concert:


Weston composer Joseph Russo will present a concert of some of his woodwind music at the Wilton Library on April 29th at 3:30pm – the concert will be called “Friendship Concert”

Here is the information about this concert:

When:  3:30pm on Sunday, April 29

Where:  Wilton (CT) Library – address:  137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT  06897

Performers:
Jennifer Berman – flute
Celinda Anne Levno – flute
Janet Rosen – oboe/English horn
Jim Forgey – clarinet
Bob Hoyle – French horn
Sue Zoeller-Cross – bassoon
Bill Braun – piano
Elizabeth Waln – piano

Cost: free

About:
The name of the concert is “Friendship Concert” – since I often compose music for friends and also because each performer is one of my good friends….most for many, many years.

If you would like to attend this concert you need to register with the Wilton Library to do so – the hall holds 150 people – so, by registering, the library will assign you a place in the hall.

…..if you would like to attend this concert it is important to register….seating is limited for this performance….

Program:

Festivo Trio - three movements – oboe/English horn, Clarinet, Bassoon
Oboe/English Horn:  Janet Rosen
Clarinet:  Jim Forgey
Bassoon:  Sue Zoellner-Cross

Romanze & Joyful - two movements - solo flute
Flute: Celinda Anne Levno

Friendship Trio - three movements -- flute, clarinet, piano
Flute: Jennifer Berman
Clarinet: Jim Forgey
Piano: Bill Braun

Golden Flute for solo flute
Flute: Celinda Anne Levno 

“Mountain” and “River” – two movements - French horn and Piano
French horn:  Bob Hoyle
Piano: Bill Braun

Christmas Joy – “Birth” & “Joy” two movements - flute & piano
Flute: Celinda Anne Levno
Piano: Elizabeth Waln

Woodwind Quintet - three movements
Harmonia V Woodwind Quintet musicians:
Flute: Jennifer Berman
Oboe: Janet Rosen
Clarinet: Jim Forgey
French horn: Bob Hoyle
Bassoon: Sue Zoellner-Cross

Please let me know if you are planning to attend this concert…
JoeR12161770@gmail.com 

I hope to see you at this performance of my music!

Best,

Joseph M Russo
Composer

Monday, October 2, 2017

New Solo Flute Piece Completed "Joyful"

Russo completed work on his new solo flute piece: JOYFUL -- a 2:35 minute one movement tonal piece.  If you would like to listen to the computer generated sound file of this music you may do so by clicking here.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

"Forever Young" Overture Completed

Russo completed work on his new composition "Forever Young" - this is an orchestra overture dedicated to the military young men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for our freedom.  This 7 minute overture is score for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 French horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, 1 bass trombone, 1 tuba, timpani, 2 percussion and strings.  If you would like to listen to a computer generated sound file of this music you may do so by clicking here.

Friday, June 23, 2017

New Woodwind Quintet Completed

Russo has completed work on his new Woodwind Quintet -- he composed this three movement work for his friends in the Harmonia V Quintet -- The musicians in this ensemble are:  Jennifer Berman, flute; Janet Rosen, oboe; Jim Forgey, clarinet; Robert Hoyle, French horn; Sue Cross, bassoon.   If you would like to listen to the computer generated sound files for each of its three movements you may do so by clicking here.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

New Trio Completed

Russo completed work on his new trio "Nature Speaks" -- this one movement work is scored for alto recorder, violin and cello -- though it may be performed with different instrumentation.   It depicts in sound difficulties and beauties of nature.   If you would like to listen to the computer generated sound file of this music you may do so by clicking here.    (Note:  the alto recorder part is a bit loud on this sound file).

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Third Movement of Flute Oboe Concerto to be Performed at School Concerts

On Tuesday, May 16th -- at 9:30am and 10:45am -- the third movement of Russo's Flute, Oboe and Strings Concerto will be performed at Lewis Mills High School in Burlington CT.   The location address is 26 Lyon Rd, Burlington CT.  Russo will be at the performance to talk about his music.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Friendship Trio Sound Files Now Available

Russo was commissioned to compose his Friendship Trio (for flute, clarinet and piano) by the Palisades Virtuosi in August 2016 -- he completed work on this music in September 2016 and the piece was given its first performance in November 2016.    If you would like to listen to the computer generated sound files of each of its three movements you may do so by clicking here.


Saturday, January 7, 2017

1982 Trio Recovered -- Revised and Now Available

Russo's Trio Festivo -- a 3 movement trio scored for oboe, clarinet, bassoon (with English Horn instead of oboe in the 2nd movement) -- was recovered, revised and is now available.   The music was composed in 1982 for the Trio Festivo Ensemble -- the players of this trio were: Nobuo Kitagawa on oboe/English Horn; Andy Grenci on clarinet and Mike Breaux on bassoon.   You may listen to the computer generated sound files of each movement by clicking here.   

Friday, December 30, 2016

Flute Oboe Concerto Performance in March 2017

At 3pm on Sunday, March 26, 2017 Russo's Concerto for Flute & Oboe will be performed by the Nutmeg Symphony in Bristol CT.   If you would like to hear excerpts of each of this piece's three movements you may do so by clicking here.   To find out more about this concert (and to acquire tickets) you may click here.   The location of the performance is:  Bristol Eastern High School, 632 King St., Bristol CT.   Note:  Russo will be playing bass on this performance.   If you would like to view and listen to the video of this performance you may do so by clicking here.



                                                                                              Janet Rosen, Joseph Russo and Tracy Norkun

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

New work for Solo Flute

Russo recently completed work on "Romanze" - a one movement work for solo flute composed at the request and for his friend Rita D'Arcangelo -- Rita lives and works in Berlin and plans to both record 'Romanze' and give the world premiere performance in Japan in April 2017.   If you would like to listen to a computer generated sound file of this music you may do so by clicking here.

     Rita D'Arcangelo


Sunday, October 16, 2016

World Premiere of Flute, Clarinet, Piano Trio


Russo was commissioned to compose a new trio for the Palisades Virtuosi -- Margaret Swinchoski flute, Donald Mokrynski clarinet and Ron Levy piano.  The ensemble will perform the world premiere of this new trio at 8pm on Friday, November 4, 2016 in Fair Lawn, NJ.  For more information about this performance - including ticket information and directions to the performance location you may click here.

Update: Russo's Trio "Friendship" received a very successful world premiere performance on Friday, November 4th by the Palisades Virtuosi in Fair Lawn NJ.  

from left to right: flutist Margaret Swinchoski, clarinetist Don Mokrynski, Joseph Russo, pianist Ron Levy.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

New work: New England Portrait Completed

On July 9, 2016 Russo completed work on a one movement tonal work called "New England Portrait".  This piece is scored for 1 flute, 1 clarinet, 1 bassoon, 1 piano and strings (...the same instrumentation as Copland's "Appalachian Spring".   This programmatic music expresses the feelings of various New England activities throughout one typical day.   Here are the activities (in order of appearance in the music):  Daybreak, Playtime, Friendships, Playtime Again, Go to Church, Church Hymn, Sunset.  This one movement work runs approximately 20 minutes.  If you would like to listen to a computer generated sound file of the music you may do so by clicking here. 

UPDATE: Russo's New England Portrait will be given its world premiere by Orchestra New England at the United Church on the Green in New Haven, Connecticut at 7:30pm on Saturday, February 25, 2017.  For more information (including ticket information) you may call Orchestra New England's office (203) 777-4690 and you may find more information by clicking here.  (Russo will be playing bass on this performance).


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Elm City ChamberFest Student Orchestra Performs "Four Pieces for Strings"

On Saturday, July 9, 2016 the student string orchestra of the Elm City Chamber Festival -- a two week chamber music festival in New Haven, Connecticut performed Russo's 2nd movement from his Four Pieces for Strings (Homage to Bach).....Russo attended this very moving and successful performance of his music.  If you would like to listen to excerpts of his Four Pieces for Strings you may do so by clicking here.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Evergreen Prelude Performed Again

Russo's brass quartet "Evergreen Prelude" was performed again at assisted living Evergreen Woods in Branford CT at 7:30pm on Monday, June 13th.   The world premiere of this music was given last June at the same location.  The Nutmeg Symphony Brass quartet was:  trumpets - Julia Caruk, Andrew Caruk - French Horn: Jaime Thorne - Trombone: Marshall Brown.




Pictured from left to right:  Marshall Brown, Jaime Thorne, Joseph Russo, Andrew Caruk, Julia Caruk


If you would like to listen to a computer generated sound file of this music you may do so by clicking here.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Psalm 23 for Four Basses and Tenor Given World Premiere

On Sunday, June 12, 2016 Russo's "Psalm 23" for four double basses and tenor was given its world premiere on a concert of coach-bass teacher Susan Powell's Bass Ensemble class at the Hartt School Community Division of the University of Hartford (CT).   Russo conducted the ensemble for this performance.  Tenor Steve Mitchell was the singer for this performance.   If you would like to view the video of the performance you may do so by clicking on the arrow in the picture - you may also enlarge the video by clicking on the small box in the lower right hand corner of the picture once the video begins.     To the right: Joe Russo and Susan Powell at the event.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Wedding Music Completed

Russo completed work on his new work "Wedding Music" in January 2016.   The four movements of this work were composed for his friend and former bass student Michael Bertkau.  Michael's wedding will be in September 2016.   Here are the four movements:   Wedding Prelude Music (for the church seating) - it is about 10 minutes long;  Wedding Party March - 2 minutes; Bride's Wedding March - 2.5 minutes and Wedding Recessional Music - 4.5 minutes.   The total length of this work is about 19 minutes.  This piece is score for string quintet - 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello and 1 bass.   It will be given its world premiere at Michael's wedding in September 2016.   If you would like to listen to the computer generated sound files of this music you may do so by clicking here.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Third Symphony Completed!

During the summer of 2015 Russo composed his Third Symphony.  This 4 movement tonal work is scored for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 French horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, 1 percussion (timpani, 1 chime, tam-tam, triangle, slapstick, bass drum, snare drum, marimba -- all percussion can be covered by one player) and strings.  The movements of this 40 minute work:  1st: Andante-Allegro  2nd: Andante doloroso   3rd: Allegro  4th:  Finale-Rondo

If you would like to listen to the computer generated sound files of this symphony you may do so by clicking here.


Monday, July 6, 2015

Bass Duo to be performed in New Haven

Russo's Bass Duo will be performed as part of the Elm City Chamber Festival faculty concert at 7:30pm on Wednesday, July 8th.  The location of the performance is Sudler Hall at Harkness on the Yale campus -- Sudler Hall is in the building next to Sprague Hall which is on the corner of Wall & College in New Haven.   The bassists performing his Bass Duo are Joseph Russo and Matthew Oster.
If you would like to listen to the computer generated sound file of his Bass Duo you may do so by clicking here.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Brass Quartet "Evergreen Prelude" Completed

Today Russo completed work on his first brass quartet "Evergreen Prelude".  It was composed for the Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra Brass Quartet:  trumpeters - Julia Caruk & Andrew Caruk, French hornist - Jaime Thorne and trombonist - Marshall Brown (who is also the conductor of the Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra).   This 6 minute tonal work will be given its world premiere at 7:30pm on July 6, 2015 at Evergreen Woods retirement community in North Haven, Connecticut.   If you would like to listen to the computer generated sound file of this music you may do so by clicking here.

Monday, March 9, 2015

World Premiere of "River" for French Horn & Piano -- on March 17, 2015

At 7 pm on Tuesday, March 17th Russo's composition "River" for French Horn and Piano will be performed, along with his composition "Mountain" by French Horn player Lisa Pike and pianist Elizabeth Rodgers at the Bloomingdale School of Music - 323 West 108th Street in Manhattan, New York City.  The concert is free an open to the public.   If you would like to listen to the computer sound generated sound file of "River" you may do so by clicking here.   If you would like to listen to the computer sound generated sound file of River's companion piece "Mountain" you may do so by clicking here.    Hope to see you at the concert on March 17th!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Completion of Keeler Duo for Viola & Cello

Russo recently completed work on his Keeler Duo for viola and cello.  This music will receive its world premiere at the Keeler Tavern Museum (132 Main Street, Ridgefield, Connecticut -- phone: 203 438 5485) at 3pm on Sunday, April 12, 2015.   It will be performed by violist Sue Corey Sahlin and cellist Gunnar Sahlin.    If you would like to listen to a computer generated sound file of this music you may do so by clicking here.     Hope to see you at the first performance of this duo.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

World Premiere of "Dynamic Duo" for 2 Cellos on October 26

On Sunday October 26th at 4pm Russo's cello duo "Dynamic Duo" will be given it's world premiere performance by cellists Carolyn Engle and Tom Hudson.  Here is the information about the concert:
 
When: Sunday, October 26th at 4:00 PM.
Where: First Church of Christ, 366 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT
Tickets: Suggested donation is $15 for adults, $30 per family, $10 for students and seniors, free ages 5 and under.
 
Russo plans to attend this performance.  
 
If you would like to listen to a computer generated sound file of this music you may do so by clicking here.
 
 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

New Work for French Horn and Piano -- "RIVER"

Russo recently completed work on a one movement tonal work called "RIVER" for French Horn and Piano.  This music is a companion piece for "MOUNTAIN" which Russo composed last year.  If you would like to hear the computer generated sound file of this music you may do so by clicking here.
 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

New Duet for Guitar & Pipa -- "Polo Khan"

 
Russo recently completed work on his duo for Guitar and Pipa called "Polo Khan".  This is a two movement tonal work running about 9 minutes.  The world premiere of this music is schedule at the 2015 Long Island Guitar Festival (Harris Becker, director) in April of 2015.   To listen to a computer generated sound file of this piece you may click here.    To learn more about the upcoming premiere of this music in April 2015 you may click here.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

World Premiere of Russo's Bass Duo -- on May 30th


On Friday, May 30th bassist Deb Spohnheimer and bassist Matt Weber performed the world premiere of Russo's Bass Duo for two double basses.  The work was included on a recital in the Great Hall of Marshalls Chess Club at 23 West 10th Street (5/6 Avenues).  .....to listen to a computer generated sound file of the piece click here.



Sunday, May 11, 2014

Performance of Concert Fanfare for 8 trumpets Given on May 11


Russo's Concert Fanfare for Eight Trumpets was included on a concert by the Montclair State University Trumpet Ensemble Cali Brass ensemble (Charles Bumcrot, director) at 4pm on May 11th at Saint Luke's Church in Montclair, New Jersey.   The performers were Mike Bassett, Clayton Beyert, Joseph Christianson, Luke Finaldi, Daniel Mango, Daniel Minogue, Evan Weatherby and Mike Willensky.   If you would like to listen to the computer generated sound file of this piece you may do so by clicking here.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

New Christmas Music Recorded! "Christmas Joy"

During the summer of 2013 Russo composed "Christmas Joy" -- a two movement work for flute and piano.  The first movement is called "Birth" and the second "Joy".  He composed the music for his good friends Celinda Anne Levno (flute) and Elizabeth Waln (piano)....the recorded CD is named "Christmas Joy" and includes other Christmas music.  The recording engineer for the CD is John Levno.  If you would like to listen to the two recorded movements of Russo's "Christmas Joy" you may do so by clicking here.   If you would like to acquire the sheet music to Russo's "Christmas Joy" you may do so by contacting him directly (e-mail address is at the top of this blog). If you would like to acquire the complete CD of Christmas music you may do so by calling John and Celinda Levno at 480 855 0905.   The playing is superb and the music is beautiful on this very special Christmas time CD. 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Mourning Mist reviewed by "This Is Classical Guitar"

The March 20, 2013 world premiere performance of Russo's quintet "Mourning Mist" for guitar and string quartet has been reviewed by This Is Classical Guitar - Exploring Guitar Through Multimedia.  You may read the article by clicking here.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Successful Canadian Premiere of Russo's "Mourning Mist"

On Monday evening, July 29th Russo's quintet "Mourning Mist" for guitar and string quartet was given it first Canadian performance at the Midsummer Music Dream Music Festival south of Quebec.  The performance was very successful and enjoyed by both the musicians (including, guitarist Harris Becker, violist Dale Stuckenbruck and cellist Maureen Hynes) and the appreciative audience.  Russo attended the music festival and Monday night's performance.
Below are some photos taken at the festival:


                       Russo speaking with friend and fellow composer Michael Frassetti and his wife Irene


Russo speaking with friend and fellow composer Michael Frassetti
 

 

Russo at the Canadian premiere of "Mourning Mist" (blue shirt on right)
 
The "Mourning Mist" quintet at festival performance
 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Canadian Premiere of "Mourning Mist" to be performed on 7/29

Russo's quintet "Mourning Mist" for guitar and string quartet will be given its Canadian premiere at 8pm on July 29, 2013 at the "A Midsummer Music Dream / Songe d’été en musique" festival south of Quebec, Canada.  Guitarist Harris Becker will perform this work with the festival's resident string quartet.  To learn more about the festival you may click here.    Russo plans to attend this Canadian premiere performance of this music.

To read about the participating performers of this Canadian music festival you may click here.
(...scroll down to see Russo's bio)

From the festival's website:
A special highlight of this year's festival will be the Canadian premiere of "Mourning Mist for Guitar and String Quartet" by Joseph Russo on July 29.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

US Premiere of Trombone Quartet "Seasides"

On Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 7:45pm in the Recital Hall of the Neighborhood Music School (NMS) in New Haven, Connecticut Russo's trombone quartet "Seasides" will be given its US premiere.  The address of NMS is 100 Audubon St, New Haven, CT 06510.   The program will also include works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Scheidt, Hornoff, R. Strauss, Puccini, and Ewald.  The performers will be the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra Trombone Section, that being Terrence Fay, Mark Weaver, Victor Johnson and Wesley Mayhew.  The title of the recital will be "Emotion of the Waves",   This recital is free and open to the public.

If you would like to listen to the computer generated sound file of this three movement work you may do so by clicking here.


Monday, April 29, 2013

New Bass Quartet

Russo recently completed work on a one movement double bass quartet -- which can also be performed by a large bass ensemble.  He created this piece for friend Susan Powell and her Hartt Community Division Student Bass Ensemble.  Her bass ensemble will give the world premiere performance of Bass Quartet on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Hartt College, Connecticut.   If you would like to listen to a computer generated rendition of this music click here. 

Basses At Play!

Saturday, May 25, 5:00 pm, Berkman Recital Hall

If you would like to hear some basses in action, come to our great Bass Ensemble concert on Saturday, May 25 at 5:00 pm in Berkman Recital Hall. We will perform an eclectic mix of composers including the Turtles and Mahler. Plus we’re premiering a brand new work written for us by Connecticut composer, Joseph Russo! We will have some exciting, special guests joining us as well. Admission is free.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Septet "Distant Light" to be performed on Sunday, April 14, 2013

Russo's Septet "Distant Light" for flute, clarinet, harp and string quartet will be performed at Connetquot Library on Sunday, April 14th at 2pm.  The concert location address is: 760 Ocean Avenue, Bohemia, NY. Phone number: 631 567-5079.   The concert is free and open to the public.
If you would like to listen to a recording of this piece click here.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Successful World Premiere Performance of Second Symphony

Orchestra New England gave a very successful world premiere performance of Russo's Second Symphony. The performance was given at Battell Chapel in New Haven on Saturday, March 23, 2013 with James Sinclair conducting..   Russo performed in the bass section for this performance.

Here are some photos of the evening:




Both photos show Joseph Russo with conductor and long time friend James Sinclair after the first performance of Russo's Second Symphony.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Successful World Premiere Performance of "Mourning Mist"

On Wednesday evening, March 20, 2013 members of the Guitar Festival at Long Island University (Harris Becker, director) gave a successful performance of Russo's quintet "Mourning Mist" for guitar and string quartet.  To view the video of the performance click here.  To listen to the sound file of the performance click here.
The work is scheduled to be performed again at the Guitar Festival near Quebec, Canada this coming summer.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Work for Two Cellos

Russo just completed work on "Dynamic Duo" for Two Cellos -- this one movement work has optional actions by both cellists -- the piece can be performed with or without the optional actions.   This music was composed for Russo's good friends Carolyn Schwartz Engle and Thomas Hudson.
If you would like to hear a computer generated sound file (without actions) of this piece you may do so by clicking here.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

"Mourning Mist" World Premiere Scheduled for March 2013

Russo's quintet "Mourning Mist" for guitar and string quartet will be given its world premiere performance at the Long Island Guitar Festival at Long Island University (in Brookville, Long Island, NY) in March 2013 -- at 8pm on Wednesday, March 20th.   You may find out more about this event by clicking here.    You may listen to a computer generated sound file of this one movement tonal work by clicking here.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

2nd Symphony World Premiere Scheduled

On Saturday, March 23, 2013 Orchestra New England will give the world premiere performance of Russo's Second Symphony at Battell Chapel in New Haven, Connecticut.   This is a tonal work in four movements.   More information about this Orchestra New England concert can be seen by clicking here.
If you would like to listen to the computer generated sound files of the four movements of this symphony you may do so by clicking here.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

New Music for Flute and Piano

Russo recently completed work on his new music for flute and piano: West Fork.  It is a one movement tonal work inspired by his hike at West Fork (near Sedona, Arizona) with his friend John Levno.  Russo composed the work for John and his wife (and superb flutist) Celinda Anne.  If you would like to hear a computer generated rendition of the piece you may do so by clicking here.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

New music for French Horn & Piano

Russo has recently completed composing "Mountain" for French Horn and Piano -- he created this tonal one movement work for his friend and excellent French Horn player Lisa Pike.  If you would like to hear a computer generated sound file of this music please click here.

Lisa will be giving the world premiere of this music on September 27, 2012.  Here is the information about her recital:


Thursday September 27, 2012  12:30pm  Shea Auditorium.
  William Paterson University  Wayne, NJ

The location is called Shea Center for Performing Arts.
 300 Pompton Road
 Wayne, NJ

"Living La Vida Local" (Alive and Living Locally)

Other works on the program: by Amram, Schickele, Ewazen.

Lisa Pike. horn
Karen Dempsy, flute
Elizabeth Rodgers, piano                           

Monday, January 23, 2012

Renown conductor Arto Tchiftchian comments on Russo's music

Renown conductor Arto Tchiftchian comments on Russo's music:
I heard your disc with orchestral works and I am very impressed.
Your music is very beautiful and has his own atmosphere with elegiac character and nostalgic, regret feeling for the lost harmony.A remembrance of persons and places of passed times.In slow, meditative portions and lyric moments of your music you are in the tradition of great American poetry of E.Dickinson and H.Longfellow and in the same time you show a very great talent for melody line in the fast tempi.
I want to have chance to conduct your music one day.
With all my best wishes
Arto Tchiftchian
Renown Bulgarian Conductor -- now residing in Los Angeles, USA

Monday, December 5, 2011

Flutist Jane Rutter comments on Russo's music

After listening to Russo's solo flute piece "Golden Flute" flutist Jane Rutter says:
Joseph Russo's music is lyrical. Its harmonies have a lovely flowing narrative.
I applaud him for writing music that has depth, imagination and is so pleasing to the sophisticated ear!
Jane Rutter
Flute Queen, Concert Soloist,
#1 Adventurous Classical Artist
www.janerutter.com

(you may view the video of "Golden Flute" by clicking here)

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!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

New work for Trombone Ensemble

Russo completed work on the three movements (Seaside 1, Seaside 2 and Seaside 3) of Seasides for Trombone Quartet.  This music is scored for three (3) tenor trombones and one (1) bass trombone with an optional alto trombone part which would replace the Tenor 1 part.   You may hear computer generated performances of these movements by clicking here..

Sunday, December 19, 2010

New Bass Duo

Russo has just completed work on his Bass Duo.  This is a one movement (in 3 sections) tonal work for two double basses running about 8 1/2 minutes.  The work was composed at the request of Matt Weber (Juilliard) and Matt Rosenthal (NYU), two former bass students of Joe's.   You may hear a computer generated version of the piece by clicking here.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

World Premiere of Fanfare given at Montclair State University, NJ

On Friday, October 8, 2010 Russo's Fanfare for Eight Trumpets was given its world premiere performance by The John J. Cali School of Music Trumpet Ensemble, Charles Bumcrot, director, from Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ to open the 2010 Kaleidoscope Concert (an annual showcase of students and faculty of the Cali School). This first performance was at the Kasser Theatre (on the campus) on Oct 8, 2010 at 7:30pm. It was conducted by Donald Batchelder.

Trumpet ensemble director Charles Bumcrot's comment on Fanfare:
"...a wonderful work and a very interesting fanfare. Not only everything you'd expect and need in a fanfare, but interesting melodic lines and material, combined with very successful antiphonal qualities. We will perform this work over and over again!!"
"This music can be used antiphonally...and it works non-antiphonally. This is very playable on standard instruments, either Bb or C and does not require piccs, flugels, etc. A very majestic opening with a very lyrical, yet "ringing" Allegro."

The performers for this world premiere were: Mike Bassett, Rachel Candee, Lynn Chao, Elizabeth Epstein, Rene Hammler, Harry Hipwell, Chris Johnson, Bryan Stepneski, Bowen Walsh, Sage Walsh.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

New Concert Fanfare for Trumpet Ensemble

Russo just completed work on his new Concert Fanfare for Eight Trumpets. This antiphonal tonal one movement 5:50 minute work was composed for Joe's friend Chuck Bumcrot and his NJ college trumpet students. To hear a computer rendition of this music click here.
You may also hear the computer rendition of Russo's Fanfare for Eight Trumpets -- this is a shortened version (3:15 minutes) of his Concert Fanfare.... click here to hear this Fanfare.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Three Changes for Septet Completed

Russo recently completed his Three Changes for Septet - these are three (3) movements in a tonal and somewhat jazzy style. The instrumentation is: clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, percussion, violin and bass -- the same instrumentation as Stravinsky's "The Soldier's Tale". To hear the computer generated sound files of these three movements click here.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Performing at the White House -- Meeting the President






On Monday, July 26 Russo and his long time Juilliard friend, Nathaniel Ayers ("The Soloist") performed together for the White House celebration of the anniversary of ADA (Amercians with Disabilities Act). Joe accompanied Nathaniel who played violin and trumpet. Both were given the opportunity to shake President Obama's hand! Nathaniel's comment to the President: "I wish you a blessed Presidency". An important event and a very successful performance.
To read author "The Soloist" and journalist Steve Lopez's LA Times article about the event you may click on the appropriate link under "Pages" in the left column of this page. If you would like to view an actual portion of the performance of Ayers and Russo click here.

Update: if you would like to view the complete performance click here: Nathaniel Ayers and Joseph Russo play at White House


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Septet "Changes 2" completed

Russo recently completed composing the second movement to his Septet "Changes" trilogy. You may hear a computer generated rendition of this new movement by clicking here. "Changes 2" can be heard by choosing the second track.