Monday, October 4, 2021
Introducing the authors whose works we chose for performing at the ModernArs concert. One of the total of 11 applicants from around the world was Joseph Russo, whose composition left us speechless. If you also want to hear Americans dream of Kozara, don't miss this important evening.
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Today Russo completed work on his Fantasy for French Horn and Strings. This is a 15 minute tonal work. You may listen to the computer generated sound file of this music below.
In the beginning of March 2021 Russo completed work on his Fantasy for Trumpet and Strings. This is a 15 minute tonal work. You may listen to the computer generated sound file of this music below.
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
In 2019 Russo completed work on his ELEGY for Orchestra -- a one movement 7 1/2 minute tonal orchestra work scored for woodwinds (2222), brass (3331), timpani, tubular bells, other percussion and strings. If you would like to listen to the computer generated sound file of this piece you may do so below.
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Russo will perform double bass with trombonist Jackie Harris-Stone in a 50 minute duo concert at 7:30pm on Sunday, December 13, 2020. This performance is sponsored by the Nutmeg Symphony (Marshall Brown, conductor) and will take place at Trinity Church in Torrington CT. Russo will give the first performance of his Song for Double Bass and Piano. The concert will be aired live by Nutmeg Board member Tom Johnston on his Facebook page
You may view the video of this performance by clicking here.
Sunday, November 8, 2020
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Russo recently composed his Song for Double Bass and Piano. This is a one movement 6 minute tonal work. If you would like to listen to the computer generated sound file of this music you may do so below.
Russo recently completed work on his Fantasy for Flute and Strings. This one movement 7 minute work is an arrangement of his Fantasy for Flute and Piano he composed in 2019. If you would like to listen to the computer generated sound file of his Fantasy for Flute and Strings you may do so below.
Sunday, August 23, 2020
Russo completed work on his Fourth Symphony this month. This three movement tonal symphony utilizes a choir in the third movement. The complete work runs approximately 38 minutes. If you would like to listen to the computer generated sound files of each movement you may do so below. The instrumentation of this symphony: 2222 3331 TM, PC Strings (third movement: choir) Percussion instruments: Tam-tam, crash cymbal, snare drum, Tubular bells, triangle, side drum, jingle bells, bass drum, suspended cymbal, chime tree
About this work:
conductors note: for the third movement (first measure) the choir should be distributed throughout the audience as equally as possible -- after 10 seconds of whispering "I am Love" along with the audience the choir members continue whispering while taking their places on stage.
When they are all in place conductor cuts off audience and continues with piece.
The motivation behind each movement of this symphony:
Movement 1: The Father – strong & powerful – and continuing to evolve
Movement 2: The Son – His Birth then His suffering, death and resurrection
Movement 3: The Holy Spirit – Love exists within us and throughout the universe
Movement 1: Evolution – everything and everyone is on a continual journey of evolution….
Movement 2: Life: Birth & Death & Resurrection
Movement 3: Love exists within every person….first we need to acknowledge that fact…”I am Love”…..then we each need to determine how to express it to the world
Note: only the third movement utilizes a choir
Saturday, June 6, 2020
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Friday, October 18, 2019
Performers of Canta Libre are Sally Shorrock, flute, Karen Lindquist, harp, Bradley Bosenbeck, violin, Veronica Salas, viola and Bernard Tamosaitis, cello, with special guests Cherry Yeung, violin and Alex Morano, 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-02Nov2019 or below. For more information and directions, call 631-854-5579 or visit https://www.vanderbiltmuseum.org/
Monday, October 14, 2019
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Saturday, September 7, 2019
The CT Flute Orchestra's director, Helene Rosenblatt, commissioned Russo to compose this work (along with his "Mountain-laurel" for flute orchestra) in the summer of 2018.
Thursday, June 20, 2019
At 5PM on Sunday, June 9, 2019 Russo's solo flute piece "Strength and Hope" was given its USA premiere performance by flutist Kerry Walker at the Carriage Barn Arts Center in New Canaan, Connecticut during a concert by the Madera Winds Quintet. If you would like to listen to the computer generated sound file of Strength and Hope you may do so below.
Between July 23 and July 31, 2019 Russo's some Russo flute music was performed by Rita D'Arcangelo at the Classical Chieti International Music Festival in Chieti, Italy. Rita performed Russo's Romanze for solo flute on one of the Festival's concerts (video above). Russo traveled to Italy to attend the Festival.
Russo completed work on a new flute piece "Fantasy for Flute and Piano" earlier this year. If you would like to listen to the computer generated sound file of his recently composed Fantasy for Flute and Piano you may do so by visiting his November 2020 post of its CD premiere.
Sunday, May 5, 2019
On Sunday, May 26th at 5pm Russo's In Memoriam for Orchestra will be given its first performance by Orchestra New England on New Haven's Memorial Day Concert. The performance will take place at Southern Connecticut State University's Lyman Auditorium -- at 501 Crescent Street, New Haven, CT 06515 -- James Sinclair conducting. The concert is free and open to the public. Russo will be playing bass in the orchestra for this performance.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Thursday, March 14, 2019
UPDATE: On Wednesday evening March 27, 2019 music students at the University of Tulsa excellently performed Russo's Distant Light septet and his New England Portrait. For the first time his New England Portrait was set to dance by TU dance professor and choreographer Jessica Vokoun -- the music ensembles were conducted by harp professor and conductor Lorelei Barton. Russo attended this very successful concert of his music. During the March 25th week of his residency at the University of Tulsa Russo spent time with various TU faculty members and lectured in various composition classes - in addition, Russo taught a double bass master class.
Friday, September 28, 2018
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Monday, September 3, 2018
Monday, July 23, 2018
Sunday, July 1, 2018
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 below.
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Student Final Performance Gala
10 Main Street, Cheshire, CT 06410
Monday, May 28, 2018
Saturday, May 5, 2018
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Sunday, March 11, 2018
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Monday, October 2, 2017
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Friday, June 23, 2017
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
The following occurred a few years ago. I was giving a high school sophomore a double bass lesson at his home. The boy's father ...
Today Russo completed work on his Fantasy for French Horn and Strings. This is a 15 minute tonal work. You may listen to the computer gener...
In 2019 Russo completed work on his ELEGY for Orchestra -- a one movement 7 1/2 minute tonal orchestra work scored for woodwinds (2222), br...