new music

color photo of Derek Bermel holding a pencil and sitting with a musical score
publicity photo / courtesy of Derek Bermel

It was a fateful trip to the art museum.

That trip decades ago, when Derek Bermel was just a kid - long before he became an award-winning composer and clarinetist -  that has landed Bermel on the list of Grammy Award nominees.

color photo of Lindsey Goodman playing her flute
Nick Houser / WOSU Public Media

Columbus flutist Lindsey Goodman’s most recent solo recording ETEREO (Navona Records) is interesting in any number of ways. But Goodman says her favorite thing about the disc is that she recorded it in Weigel Hall Auditorium, right here in Columbus.

color photo of Caroline Shaw
Kait Moreno / carolineshaw.com

Six years ago, fifty bucks and an outside-the-box choir helped Caroline Shaw become the youngest person to win the Pulitzer Prize for music. Here's a look at some of what she's been doing more recently.

color photo of Chamber Brews in performance
publicity photo/Chamber Brews / https://www.chamberbrews.com/about-1

Question: How can music by women composers be performed on more concerts?

Answer: Perform it.

That’s what the Columbus-based string quartet Chamber Brews is doing. And they're joining a growing number of professional ensembles in their quest to showcase music by composers who, by virtue of their sex, their race and/or their socioeconomic background, have traditionally been underrepresented on  classical music concerts.

black-and-white photo of Caroline Shaw performing with the Calder Quartet
Music on Main / youtube

Just a few more weary days and then, I’ll fly away.

Albert E. Brumley had no idea the song would become so popular, would resonate so boldly with people’s spirits or, much later, would inspire a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer to give it a stunning arrangement.

He also had no idea his song might end up joining your Thanksgiving festivities.

color photo of Matt Haimovitz playing the cello on the roof of an urban building
Brent Calis / Oxingale Records

You could say Matt Haimovitz does things differently.

He abandoned the typical career of a classical cellist early on. Since then, Haimovitz, now on the faculty of McGill University's Schulich School of Music, has championed new music and sought out unusual venues in which to perform it.

photo of Antoine Clark conducting the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra
Ronald Hoehn / https://www.antoinetclark.com/photos

Columbus conductor and clarinetist Antoine Clark wants women musicians and musicians of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds to be heard.

color photo of Jory Vinikour sitting at the harpsichord
Nuccio di Nuzzo / http://joryvinikour.com/presenters.shtml

You might think the harpsichord is a mere historic novelty, an outdated baroque cousin of the piano and fit only for the powdered wig set. If so, the American harpsichordist Jory Vinikour’s most recent recording might change your mind.

color photo of Wil B. and Kev Marcus playing their instruments
Black Violin / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYerKidQGcc

They’ve spent the last 15 years breaking stereotypes with their genre-busting songs and instrumentals. Now, Black Violin is adding a heavy dose of full-out inspiration to the mix.

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Broad Street Presbyterian Church / William Boggs/Broad Street Presbyterian Church

Your beautiful infant child is diagnosed with cancer.

Months – even years – of doctor’s visits, tests, surgeries and medical treatments, like everything else in life, offer no guarantees. And even if the illness is brought under control, it still hangs over your family like the sword of Damocles.

It’s every parent’s nightmare. And Brittany and the Rev. Trip Porch, of Granville, have been living this nightmare ever since their son, Ward, was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor, a rare form of kidney cancer, nearly two years ago.

The Central Ohio Symphony
The Central Ohio Symphony

A renowned bassoonist, a respected conductor and a composer whose career is on the rise.

Christopher Weait has worn all three labels for most of his life. And this year he adds another label – octogenarian – to the list.

A former co-principal bassoonist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and OSU School of Music Professor Emeritus of bassoon, Weait is known in central Ohio and throughout the world as a top-flight orchestral musician and bassoon pedagogue.

black and white photo of Wynton Marsalis playing trumpet
Luigi Beverelli / Courtsey of Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis' rare musical versatility has long been a beacon in the worlds of jazz and classical music. Now the Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer brings those worlds together in two new works for violin written for one of today's foremost violinists.

color photo of vioinist Rebecca Willie and percussionist Eric Willie in performance
Bill Broadway / http://legalwoodproject.com/lwp-photos

A marimbist, a cellist with a boom box and two double bassists walk into a bar.

No, not the setup for a joke. Instead, the overview of an offbeat classical music series, one created by members of one of Columbus’ top classical music performing organizations as a new musical offering for the city.

publicity photo / http://www.anthonymcgill.com/press/

Long before clarinetist Anthony McGill and flutist Demarre McGill launched coast-to-coast musical careers, as kids the brothers were each other’s musical inspiration.

“I grew up – even before I played an instrument – listening to my brother practice, for a few years actually. And so I learned probably what the sound of a wind instrument was because of him,” said Anthony McGill in a recent phone interview.

color photo o Yolanda Kondonassis surounded by harps
Laura Watilo Blake / yolandaharp.com

If you think playing the harp is something only angels do, then you’ve never met Yolanda Kondonassis. She's in part the reason why the new harp concerto that Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon wrote for Kondonassis is anything but angel food.

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