Sunday, November 15, 2009

New Work for Four (4) Bassoons

Russo recently completed a three movement work for 4 bassoons. The name of the short work is "In The Woods". Each movement is a "scene" - Scene 1 is Adagio-Allegro; Scene 2 is Andante - Pastorale; and Scene 3 is Allegro. To listen to a computer generated rendition of the piece click here.

The world premiere of this work is scheduled at the Keeler Tavern in Ridgefield, Connecticut in March: Chamber Music Concert, Bassoonery, Sunday, March 21, 3 p.m., $15, Keeler Tavern Museum, 203-428-5485.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Three Performances of Russo's Septet "Distant Light" Scheduled this Fall

Three performances of Russo's Septet "Distant Light" were performed this fall by the ensemble Canta Libre. The Septet is scored for Flute, Clarinet, Harp and String Quartet. Here was the schedule:
1. Sunday, September 27th 1:30 p.m. Sachem Library 150 Holbrook Rd. Holbrook, N.Y. (631) 588-5024 Free Admission
2. Saturday Oct. 17th, 6:00 p.m. Salmagundi Center for Amercian Art 47 Fifth Ave. New York, N.Y. (212) 255-7740 Tickets $20
3. Sunday Oct. 18th 2:30 p.m. South Huntington Library 145 Pidgeon Hill Rd. South Huntington, N.Y. (631) 549-4411 Free Admission
To hear excerpts of the Septet's three movements you may click here.

UPDATE:  as of November 2011 a number of harpists have purchased the music to Distant Light in Mexico City (Mexico), Los Angeles (USA), Maryland (USA), Long Island, New York (USA), New Canaan, Connecticut (USA), Angers (France), Netherlands.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Brass Quintet "Hannoverture" performed in New York

On Saturday, July 25 Joe's brass quintet "Hannoverture" was performed by the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble (John Charles Thomas, lead trumpet) on the "Midsummer Night Music" summer series at Lasdon Park and Arboretum in Katonah, New York. This was the New York premiere of the work.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Brass Quintet "Hannoverture" Performed in Germany

Joe's new Brass Quintet "Hannoverture" was recently given its European premiere performance in Bremen, Germany. To view the video of its outdoor pre-premiere performance click here. To listen to the German audio performance of "Hannoverture" click here.

Hannoverture was again performed in Wustrow, Germany on October 4, 2009 by a brass choir. You may view and hear the video of this performance by clicking here.

Here is the description of the earlier (Bremen) video by quintet leader and trombone player Alexander Kockel:
Hannoverture - new brass quintet work by Joseph M. Russo (US).
This is a trial and error performance between rehearsal (2 weeks before) and official premiere in europe (the evening after) at the Kirchentag in Bremen/GER.
We, the brass quintet "Ottoni con anima", were not prepared to play outdoor, so we unfortunately lost the challenge against the wind, who blew the sheets away. But see, it was fun and the performance in the evening (in church) was about to tell another story... :-)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Russo Brass Quintet performed in Ridgefield, Sunday April 26

The Ridgefield Symphony Brass Quintet and Joe: from left to right - Sara Della Posta - French Horn, Tom Verchot - trumpet, Daniel Peck - tuba, Joe Russo, John Charles Thomas - trumpet, Johannes Pfannkuch - trombone.

The new brass quintet "Hannoverture" was beautifully performed in Ridgefield, Connecticut at the Keeler Tavern Museum at 3pm on Sunday, April 26, 2009 by The Ridgefield Symphony Brass Quintet.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

String Orchestra work performed in March at Battell Chapel, New Haven

Joe's Four Pieces for Strings "Homage to Bach" 2008 was given its world premiere performance by Orchestra New England on March 21 (Bach's birthday) at 8pm at Yale's Battell Chapel in New Haven, Connecticut. Each piece depicts a different side of life: sadness, complexity, love, excitement. To hear an excerpt of each piece you may click here.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

New Brass Quintet Completed..."Hannoverture"

Joe just finished composing his new brass quintet "Hannoverture". It is a one movement tonal, fanfare-like piece begun soon after he returned from Germany where he conducted his double brass quintet "Concordance" near Hannover, Germany. If you would like to hear a computer generated version of the work you may click here.