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 listen to this symphony you may do so below. 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. UPDATE: Russo's "Remembrance" music (dedicated to Anne Mauro) and his Third Symphony were given superb premiere performances by Orchestra New England on the evening of March 9, 2019.  Both the performing musicians and the audience enjoyed this new music -- the Orchestra New England received a standing ovation after its first performance of Russo's Third Symphony.  - - -

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 For more information and directions, call 631-854-5579 or visit

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

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

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

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 below.