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.