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:
. On Monday, December 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm, in the Advent Lutheran Church (Broadway at 93rd St.).
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.
new dw conducting videos uploaded
DATE OF EVENT: Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
videos of dan welcher conducting
DATE OF EVENT: Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
welcher lecture on libretto-writing, hendrix college
DATE OF EVENT: Thursday, January 24th, 2013
world premiere: museon polemos for two string quartets
DATE OF EVENT: Friday, September 28th, 2012
Two world-renowned string quartets, the Miro and the Shanghai Quartets, teamed up on Friday, September 28 at 8:00 in the McCullough Theater at the University of Texas, for the world premiere of Dan Welcher's MUSEON POLEMOS ("War of the Muses"). This 26-minute proto ballet, inspired by the Stravinsky/Balanchine ballets of the 1930s and 40s, pits two rival teams against each other. The two quartets are spatially separated on stage, each with its own musical character and identity.
The premiere took place in a sold-out house, and was a huge success. Both the Shanghai Quartet and the Miro Quartet are eagerly promoting the work, and plans for a commercial recording are being formulated.
the wind won't listen for bassoon and string quartet
DATE OF EVENT: Thursday, September 29th, 2011
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:
TOP NINE DANCE AND CLASSICAL MUSIC TREASURES OF 2009:
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."
new website launched: wind band select
DATE OF EVENT: Monday, August 3rd, 2009
You may listen to all of Dan Welcher's wind ensemble works on this new website, launched by Theodore Presser Company and Carl Fischer, Inc.
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 OUTSTANDING SYMPHONIC PERFORMANCE for the Austin Symphony, which premiered it under the direction of its Music Director, Peter Bay.