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 performance of this music you may do so below. 

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.   (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 his Four Pieces for Strings you may do so below.

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 below.