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News & Engagements
UT New Music Ensemble with Dan Welcher, video sampler
DATE OF EVENT: Thursday, December 17th, 2015
A potpourri of videos with the University of Texas New Music Ensemble, including
a brief interview with Dan Welcher about the value of this music.
New recording of Woodwind Quintet #2 and The Moerae
DATE OF EVENT: Monday, June 1st, 2015
The Westwood Wind Quintet, now in its 56th year, has released a new recording on Crystal Records. The CD contains both quintets by Alvin Etler, and Welcher's biggest work for the genre (WOODWIND QUINTET #2, 1977) as well as a more recent work for flute, oboe, bassoon and piano (THE MOERAE, 2006. Hit Recordings tab for more information.
DOWNSHIFTING for concert band, now available!
DATE OF EVENT: Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
DOWNSHIFTING, for concert band, was premiered in December by the
University of Texas Symphony Band under Scott Hanna's baton. The piece
is now published by Theodore Presser (Elkan-Vogel). The score can be
viewed at:


And you can hear the premiere performance on SoundCloud:

Rave Review for PLACES IN THE WEST new CD!
DATE OF EVENT: Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
FANFARE Magazine's David DeBoor Canfield's review of the University of Texas Wind Ensemble's recording of PLACES IN THE WEST in the current issue is an absolute rave! Visit FANFARE to read it in full:

MUSEON POLEMOS ('War of the Muses')
DATE OF EVENT: Monday, December 8th, 2014
New York friends: come and hear two terrific young quartets battle it out, in my big (29') piece for antiphonal string quartets, MUSEON POLEMOS ("War of the Muses"). The two quartets are the Aeolus Quartet (in residence at Juilliard) and the Aizuri Quartet (in residence at Curtis)--think "The Jets from Manhattan vs. The Sharks from Philly"?

Part of the Music Mondays series. See their website:
http://www.musicmondays.org. On Monday, December 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm, in the Advent Lutheran Church (Broadway at 93rd St.).

Free admission!
PLACES IN THE WEST: Music of Dan Welcher released!!
DATE OF EVENT: Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
A fantastic new recording of all four PLACES IN THE WEST (Glacier, The Yellowstone Fires, Arches, and Zion) plus SYMPHONY #4 ("American Visionary") by the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, conducted by Jerry Junkin, is now out on Longhorn Music! The actual CD is available form Amazon, and the content is available for download from iTunes.

FOUR DAWNS OVER BARD'S ISLE performance video
DATE OF EVENT: Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
Watch Dan Welcher conduct the UT New Music Ensemble, with Stephen Page, saxophone soloist, in a performance of Daniel Godfrey's FOUR DAWNS OVER BARD'S ISLE. From the NME concert of October 1, 2014.
Videos of Dan Welcher conducting
DATE OF EVENT: Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
Beethoven: EGMONT Overture

Beethoven: SYMPHONY #5 in c minor

Bach: AIR from the Third Orchestral Suite

Welcher: VENTI DI MARE for oboe and chamber orchestra

Welcher lecture on libretto-writing, Hendrix College
DATE OF EVENT: Thursday, January 24th, 2013
Click here to watch a 50:00 lecture on the process of converting a short story into an opera libretto, THE YELLOW WALLPAPER. Contains 21:00 of the music.

The Wind Won't Listen for bassoon and string quartet
DATE OF EVENT: Thursday, September 29th, 2011
Here's an excellent performance of The Wind Won't Listen for Bassoon and String Quartet, by a fine group of University of Michigan students!

UPRIVER for wind ensemble premiered!
DATE OF EVENT: Sunday, March 6th, 2011
Conductor Timothy Paul led the University of Oregon Wind Ensemble in the world premiere of UPRIVER, a fourteen-minute work inspired by the Lewis and Clarke "Voyage of Discovery". The piece celebrates Voyageurs, native Americans, and hardy soldiers with music actually sung and played on the expedition. Scores and parts now available from Theodore Presser Company.
New promotional video clip on YouTube
DATE OF EVENT: Sunday, November 21st, 2010
The Yellow Wallpaper is Dan Welcher's third opera. Completed only three months ago, it is now awaiting a world premiere production---which hasn't yet been scheduled. The Theodore Presser Company posted this video on YouTube. Give it a look!

more kudos for Symphony #5
DATE OF EVENT: Friday, January 1st, 2010
From the "best of the year" highlights from the Austin Chronicle, in the January 1st edition:

Welcher: SYMPHONY #5", Austin Symphony Orchestra

"A Symphony of the old school - sweeping, lush, robust - scored with notable complexity by local hero Dan Welcher, whose dear friend Peter Bay propelled its premiere to stirring heights through ASO's full-bodied performance. A work I'm eager to hear again."
-Robert Faires
New Recording Released!
DATE OF EVENT: Saturday, August 1st, 2009
The Cassatt String Quartet's brilliant new recording of all three of Dan Welcher's string quartets was released August 1st by Naxos American Classics (catalogue 8.559384).
SYMPHONY #5 wins two awards!
DATE OF EVENT: Monday, June 1st, 2009
Dan Welcher's SYMPHONY #5, which premiered on May 1 and 2 of this year, was
awarded OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL COMPOSITION at the annual Austin Critics
Table Awards ceremony on June 1st. Additionally, it garnered an award for
premiered it under the direction of its Music Director, Peter Bay.

Email: dwelcher1@me.com

Mailing Address:

Dan Welcher
Butler School of Music
2406 Robert Dedman Drive, Stop E 3100
Austin, Texas 78712