Pianist Christopher Atzinger's recording of "Sonata for Piano" is scheduled for July release on MSR Classics (MS1534)
Ongoing and Recent Projects and Performances
The composer sang with the American Creators Ensemble Chorus of
the 2014 Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium under the direction
of Craig Hella-Johnson. Twenty-two new works were prepared for
performance and recording over a ten-day period, including the
composer's own "Te lucis ante terminum." Dieter Hennings, guitarist,
presented Blue Shuffle in a master class setting for the symposium as
On April 17, 2014, the Argenta Trio performed "Wilderness Portraits: Three Places in Nevada" for the Argenta Concert Series, in Nightingale Hall, at the University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, together with works by Beethoven and Brahms.
The composer participated in a trip to Cuba sponsored by the American Composers Forum and composed a new work for string orchestra inspired by and dedicated to Camerata Romeu.
The composer produced an hour-long benefit concert for the Reno Chamber Orchestra on January 31, 2013, at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada. Five Houghton chamber works were performed by Ruth Lenz, violin; Carol Laube, violin; Dustin Budish, viola; Peter Lenz, 'cello; Adele Park, piano; Katherine DeBoer, soprano; and James Winn, piano.
Following the Panorámicos concert on May 11, 2012, at St. Bonaventure U, the Olean Times Herald reported, "Houghton's three Songs Without Words
captivated the audience through the intimate sounds of flutist and
guitarist."Mary Kay Robinson, flute, and Don Better, guitar, performed.
Previously, Panorámicos had performed this and three other Houghton compositions on April 29, 2012, along with works by Vaughn Williams, Villa Lobos and Pixinguinha, with guest artists Don Better, guitar, and Kip Reed, bass, in Harkness Chapel, at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. "Stay, Shadow," a setting in Spanish of a sonnet by Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz, for soprano, flute, viola and piano, was commissioned by Panorámicos. Sandra Simon, soprano, Mary Kay Robinson, flute, Lynne Ramsey, viola, and Alijca Basinska, piano, performed. Violist Lynne Ramsey performed "Odyssey," and guitarist Don Better gave his fourth performance of "Blue Shuffle," in addition to performing "Three Songs without Words" with Mary Kay Robinson.
"One of the most well-constructed
contemporary cycles I have sung," is how Andrew White, baritone,
referred to "Five Songs on Poems of
James Wright," a work he has performed on three different occasions,
most recently at University of Nebraska-Kearney, with Valerie Cisler,
piano. The Five Songs were composed for and premiered by baritone Patrick Mason at UC Boulder the previous year.
Aron, with soprano Lauren Feola, performed "Talismans," after a text by
Linda Goodman on a collaborative concert of the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society and the Cleveland Composers
Guild, on February 19, 2012, at West
Park United Church of Christ in Cleveland, Ohio, and also for the annual meeting of the Tuesday Musical Association, Akron, Ohio, on June 11, 2013.