Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Harp Trio completed

In August 2019 Russo completed work on his Harp Trio -- a one movement work running about 10 minutes for 3 Harps.  The piece was composed for Tulsa University Harp teacher Lorelei Barton and her students -- in gratitude for Russo's TU residency at the end of March 2019.   If you would like to listen to the computer generated sound file of his Harp Trio you may do so by clicking here.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Flute Orchestra Music to be Performed

At 2pm on Sunday, September 8, 2019 the Connecticut Flute Orchestra will perform Russo's "American Robin" on their concert in Memorial Hall on the campus of Wesleyan University (221 High Street) in Middletown, Connecticut -- this is a free concert.   Russo plans to attend the concert.
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

US Premiere of Strength and Hope Flute Solo


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 by clicking here.

Russo Music at Classical Chieti in Italy


Between July 23 and July 31, 2019 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.  Russo traveled to Italy to attend the Festival.
Russo completed work on a new flute piece "Fantasy for Flute and Piano" earlier this year.  To find out more about this Italian festival you may click here.   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 clicking here.  

Sunday, May 5, 2019

World Premiere of IN MEMORIAM for orchestra


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

Movement from New String Trio World Performance on May 9th

On Thursday, May 9, 2019 a the third movement of Russo's new String Trio (in 3 movements) will be performed 9am at the Reed Intermediate School in Newtown, CT.   The Ridgefield Symphony performers will be:  Violin: Emanouil Manolov, Viola: Sue Corey-Sahlin, Cello: Gunnar Sahlin.   If you would like to listen to the computer generated sound files of each of the String Trio's three movements  you may do so via the link in the March 14th post below.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Russo's Distant Light Septet Performed Again at Vanderbilt Planetarium

Russo's Distant Light septet (for flute, clarinet, harp and string quartet) received another very successful performance at the Vanderbilt Planetarium in Centerport NY at 6pm on Saturday, March 23, 2019.  Russo attended this repeat performance (see the September 19, 2018 post to read more about the concert venue) by Canta Libre chamber ensemble. 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

String Trio Completed

Russo recently completed his first String Trio -- violin, viola, cello -- a three movement tonal work running about 16 minutes.  He was asked to compose this piece by friends in the Ridgefield Symphony (CT).  If you would like to listen to the computer generated sound file of this music you may do so by clicking here.

Residency at University of Tulsa, Oklahoma

Russo will be in residency at the University of Tulsa (Oklahoma) between Monday, March 25th and Thursday, March 28th 2019.  In addition to teaching both double bass and composition master classes, Russo's Distant Light Septet (flute, clarinet, harp, string quartet) and his ballet music New England Portrait will be performed by university music students on Wednesday evening, March 27th.

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.