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The Music of Judith Lang Zaimont

Volume I Number ISummer/Fall 2002

Judith Lang Zaimont's Music Commissioned Across the U.S.
In recent months Judith Lang Zaimont has received several important commissions that will lead to performances of her music across the United States beginning this Fall and stretching well into 2003. Taken in order of premiere, they are as follows:

October 2002 -- Vergie Rainey-scena for soprano, mezzo and piano, a setting of texts by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eudora Welty - Commissioned by Millsaps College (Jackson, MS) for premiere at a national conference on women composers.

November 22, 2002 -- Wind Quintet No. 2 - "Homeland" - World Premiere - Bergen Wind Quintet, Ted Mann Hall, Minneapolis, MN. Commissioned by the Minnesota Commissioning Club. (European Premiere in February 2003 in Bergen, Norway.).

March 2003 -- Symphony for Wind Orchestra I: Growler II: Dreamz III: Tattoo - University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble, Craig Kirchhoff, dir. Premiere to take place during College Band Directors National Association Convention. Commissioned to honor the 100th anniversary of the University's School of Music.

June 2003 - suite for piano solo - Commissioned by California Music Teachers' Association - 20 performances.

October 2003 - extended work for solo piano; required work for the competition - Commissioned for the 2003 Int'l. San Antonio Competition (TX).

Important All-Zaimont Piano CD Coming From Albany Records
2003 will bring an important release of Judith Lang Zaimont's Solo Piano Works on Albany Records that will be a superb addition to the recorded catalog of her music. Works to be recorded are Sonata (1999) Jupiter's Moons (2000) Nocturne (1979) and Hesitation Rag (1987). Performances will be by Joanne Polk, a longtime advocate of Ms. Zaimont's music.

Supported by grants from the Aaron Copland Fund (American Music Center) and The Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, the disk will be recorded this Fall at Purchase College Conservatory of Music, State University of New York by Grammy-winning producer Adam Abeshouse.

Sonata was cited as the most important piano piece of 1999 on Piano & Keyboard magazine's 20th century timeline. Impronta Digitale, the work's third movement, was selected and performed by Stanislav Ioudenitch and Olga Kern, co-Gold Medal Winners of the 11th Van Cliburn International Competition as part of the inaugural American Composers Invitational program sponsored by the Van Cliburn Foundation.

Five of Ms. Zaimont's solo piano works, including the Sonata, were especially cited in International Piano magazine of May/June 2002, in Bradford Gowen's article on significant American piano music of the second half of the 20th Century.

For more information about the Sonata or any of her other extraordinary compositions, please contact Jeffrey James Arts consulting at 516-586-3433 or jamesarts@worldnet.att.net.

Honors
Summer/Fall 2002 will mark the beginning of a series of honors for Judith Lang Zaimont. She will be the featured composer for 2002 with the National Federation of Music Clubs beginning with their August convention. She will also be featured composer this coming October for a national conference on women composers at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.

A signal honor is Ms. Zaimont's election as a National Board member in Composition for The College Music Society, for a three-year period beginning in 2003. She will also be honored in Winter 2003 with a feature interview in Clavier magazine.

Publications
Recent publications of Ms. Zaimont's music include From the Great Land for mezzo, clarinet, piano and Eskimo drum from Jeanné, Inc., 'Bubble-Up' Rag for flute and piano from Vivace Press and Reflective Rag for flute and piano, also from Vivace Press. Her music has also been included in a publication for the California Music Teachers Association published by Vivace Press, as well as in the 3rd edition of Samuel Adler's well-known text The Study of Orchestration as a scoring assignment (Jazz Waltz from Suite Impressions).

Reflections On An Undescribable Art Being A Composer, Judith Lang Zaimont's keynote speech delivered at Augsburg College on February 8, 2002 for the Minnesota Classical Musical Listening List has been published on the web. Click here.

On the Web
For more information about Judith Lang Zaimont, visit her website at http://www.jzaimont.com. You can also read a recent (and wonderful) Sequenza21 Electronic Dialogues interview with the composer at http://www.sequenza21.com/Zaimont.html

On the Phone
For any other information about the music of Judith Lang Zaimont, please contact Jeffrey James Arts consulting at 516-586-3433 or jamesarts@worldnet.att.net
Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
Jeffrey James,   President
45 Grant Ave.
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Tel & Fax: 516-586-3433   E-mail: jamesarts@worldnet.att.net

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