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The Newsletter of Composer Dan Locklair

Special EditionFall 2004

Albany Records Releases Chamber Music of Dan Locklair
— 2 CD Set Features Six Major Works

Albany Records has announced the October release of a superb new 2 CD set - Dan Locklair: Chamber Music (Troy 701-02), featuring six of the composer's major chamber works, including:

Reynolda Reflections (A Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano), of which American Record Guide wrote in their Music in Concert of a performance at the Foothills Music Festival: "Locklair's music proved strong, inventive, and able to maintain an original voice despite drawing on a range of styles, from jazz to Thomas Tallis. The score reflects a sense of logic, narrative, and the expressive possibilities of each instrument. It abounds in 'listenable melody' - increasingly common (and welcome) in today's serious music."

Performed on Dan Locklair: Chamber Music by Melissa Suhr, flute, Steve Estes, cello and Robert Brewer, piano.

Constellations (A Concerto for Organ and Percussion), which Percussive Notes called, "an attractive and exciting piece" and which the Richmond, Virginia Times Dispatch called, "a valuable contribution to this unusual performance medium."

Constellations remains the only composition to date to be one of the five Kennedy Center Friedheim Awards finalist winners (1981) involving organ. Following the Kennedy Center Friedheim Awards performance, it was broadcast worldwide over NPR and Voice of America.

Performed on Dan Locklair: Chamber Music by George Ritchie, organ and Albert Rometo, percussion.

"...the moon commands..." (A Nocturne for Flute, Soprano, Percussion and Piano), of which The Spectator has written, " '...the moon commands' is finely wrought music of considerable beauty." Poetry by the American poet D.R. Fosso.

Performed on Dan Locklair: Chamber Music by Janeanne Houston, soprano, Klaus Liebetanz, flute, David Robbins, percussion, Robert Jorgensen, piano and Joseph Pollard White, conductor.

In The Almost Evening (A Nocturne for Soprano, Clarinet and Piano), of which The Spectator wrote, "The three songs are connected by instrumental tissue, melodic segue material in Locklair's best romantic-impressionist vein...." and which the Charlotte Observer called, "...a thing of delicate beauty" that "shimmers with soft beauty....full of beautiful, delicate colors." The poetry is by the acclaimed Japanese/Canadian poet Joy Kogawa.

Performed on Dan Locklair: Chamber Music by Janeanne Houston, soprano, Craig Rine, clarinet and Robert Jorgensen, piano.

Dream Steps (A Dance Suite for Flute, Viola and Harp), which American Record Guide called, "...elegant and intelligent." The work was commissioned and premiered by Mallarmé Chamber Players.

Performed on Dan Locklair: Chamber Music by Mallarmé Chamber Players members Anna Ludwig Wilson, flute, Jonathan Bagg, viola and Jacquelyn Bartlett, harp.

Music of Quince (A Tone Poem for Flute, Clarinet, Violin and Piano), performed on Dan Locklair: Chamber Music by Anna Ludwig Wilson, flute, Kelly Burke, clarinet, Hsiao-Mei Ku, violin and Thomas Warburton, piano.

This disk will join Albany Records' previous release of Dan Locklair: Orchestral Music (Troy 517), which England's Music & Vision Daily termed, "a significant release...this disc is highly recommended. This is vibrant, life-affirming music with wide appeal and solid craft."

Locklair on the Web

For more information about composer Dan Locklair, including a bio, list of works, discography and much more, please visit http://www.locklair.com. You can also 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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