Current and Upcoming Events
for Piano" is among the works offered by pianist Christopher Atzinger
on his newly released recording, entitled "American Lyricism," on MSR
Classics (MS1534) available at Amazon.com, or directly from the label.
Ongoing and Recent Projects and Performances
Monica's most recent composition is a ten minute work in four
movements for 'cello and piano entitled, "Andean Suite" inspired by a
journey on foot through the mountains of Peru.
In June, the composer sang as a member of the American Creators Ensemble Chorus at
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 anthem "Te lucis ante terminum." Guest
Artist Dieter Hennings, a member of Duo Damiana,
presented the composer's guitar solo, "Blue Shuffle," in a master class
for the more than ninety composers assembled for the symposium.
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.
In December Ms. Houghton traveled to Cuba with the American Composers Forum 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.