Topic: New Commission project

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to let all of you know of a new commissioning project for 2014 with internationally-recognized composer, Jim Stephenson (www.stephensonmusic.com).  I am spearheading the project to have Jim create two new major works for bassoon, and I personally believe the project to be quite significant, while also inexpensive.

Jim has already composed his new bassoon concerto: "Dialogue of Self and Soul". This new concerto (using orchestral winds) will receive its premiere with Norbert Nielubowski, and will subsequently get performed by Tim McGovern (Illinois) and nine other bassoon faculty at major universities: Florida State, Penn State, Michigan, UT-Austin, Ohio State, UMass Amherst, Eastern, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Jim plans to do a piano reduction of this work, which is 20 minutes in length. Additionally, he will compose a new sonata for bassoon and piano. This represents two major additions to our repertoire.

More about the project:
Commissioners would be recognized in both scores for their contribution.

The fee to join this project is just $50 per commissioner.  All participants would be listed on the title page as contributors with their affiliation, and would also receive the score and parts, of course. 
 
Jim would plan to have the concerto reduction done by June 1, and the sonata by October 1.
Because of the numbers of participants involved, there cannot be any "premiere rights" reserved, except to anyone willing to pay for such. This can be negotiated separately with Jim at ComposerJim@gmail.com.

The deadline for commitment is March 1. Payment would be collected (for both) by April 1.

A little about Jim (take note of the names for whom he has written!):

Having been a professional performer himself (almost 20 years in the Naples Philharmonic) Jim is especially in demand for concertos and other solo works. His two violin concertos were recently premiered by the Minnesota Orchestra (Jennifer Frautschi, violin) and Rhode Island Philharmonic (Alex Kerr, violin) respectively, and he was just commissioned by the Dallas Symphony to write his third trumpet concerto. He has written an oboe concerto for Alex Klein (and the US "President's Own" Marine Band) and a clarinet concerto, performed by Dan Gilbert, John Yeh and David Shifrin. Other commissioning/premiering soloists include Branford Marsalis, Nitzan Haroz (principal trombone - LA Phil), Gail Williams (horn concerto), Jeffrey Work (principal trumpet/Oregon Symphony) and several more. His trumpet concerto #2 for Rex Richardson has been performed on five continents.
His recent "Devil's Tale" (sequel to L'histoire) will receive its Ravinia debut this summer.

For more information on Jim and his music, please visit his website:

www.stephensonmusic.com

Thank you so much. You may send questions to me, but it might be easiest to go directly to Jim himself (ComposerJim@gmail.com). He is very open to speaking with people. He actually rather likes it!  smile

Yours,
Laura Najarian
Bassoon, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

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So just to be clear, there is a single fee to become involved in both pieces? Or is it a $50 joining fee for each the sonata and concerto?

2 for 1 deal for joining a commission project?

M.M.A., D.M.A. University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign: B.Mus. Lawrence University
Bassoon professor at University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire
Maker of the Little-Jake electric bassoon pickup and Weasel bassoon reeds

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Trent, yes. Just $50 for both pieces. It's a great deal. Would love to see others join in on this project. Please promote and share this post with those you know in the bassoon world! Many thanks. Please contact Jim Stephenson directly at:

composerjim@gmail.com

Many thanks in advance!
Laura Najarian

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**Deadline for commitment is March 1 so join in now!**
Write ComposerJim@gmail.com with a reply "Bassoon-I'm IN" and Jim will contact you!

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Dear Colleagues,

Just a quick re-post about a new commissioning project for 2014 with internationally-recognized composer, Jim Stephenson (www.stephensonmusic.com).
Jim will create TWO new significant works for bassoon.

The two works will be:
1) "Dialogue of Self and Soul" - bassoon concerto [20'] (piano reduction). The premiere with orchestral winds will be given by Norbert Nielubowski April 1, and subsequently 9 other soloists.

2) Sonata for bassoon/piano [15']

For just $50, Micro-commissioners will get score-dedication and a copy of each work.

A little about Jim:
Recent commissions include works for the Minnesota Orchestra and Dallas Symphony (upcoming). His Devil's Tale (sequel to L'histoire du soldat) will receive its fully-staged debut at Ravinia this summer, with Grammy award-winning Chicago Pro Musica. His trumpet concerto has been performed on five continents since 2010.
For more information on Jim and his music, please visit his website:
www.stephensonmusic.com

More about the project:

The concerto reduction would be completed by June 1, and the sonata by October 1.
Because of the numbers of participants involved, there cannot be any "premiere rights" reserved, except to anyone willing to pay for such. This can be negotiated separately with Jim.

The deadline for commitment is March 1. Payment would be collected (for both) by April 1.

To be a part of the project, simply write Jim at ComposerJim@gmail.com with the subject heading: "bassoon - I'm in". He will then notify you about payment.

Thank you!

Yours,
Laura Najarian
Bassoon, Atlanta Symphony

Last edited by lauranaj (2014-02-13 15:41:44)

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I heard the concerto premiere last night. Bravo to both "Composer Jim" and to Norbert on a great performance. The concerto will be a great addition to our repertoire. Can't wait to hear what he creates for bassoon/piano.

M.M.A., D.M.A. University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign: B.Mus. Lawrence University
Bassoon professor at University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire
Maker of the Little-Jake electric bassoon pickup and Weasel bassoon reeds

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If you want to join this commission project for Jim Stephenson's two new bassoon works, you can still join! We've extended the deadline. For $50 you can join this commission for a piano reduction of the accompaniment to Jim's new concerto for bassoon titled "Dialogue of Self and Soul plus a new Sonata for bassoon and piano.

Enjoy this picture of the premier of the concerto on April 1. From left, composer Jim Stephenson and bassoonist Norbert Nielubowski.

Write ComposerJim@gmail.com with a reply "Bassoon-I'm IN" and Jim will contact you!

Thanks so much,
Laura Najarian

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