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News & Upcoming Performances
Pianist Daniel Glover and the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra will perform the premiere of Concerto for Piano Orchestra on their closing concert of the season at 8:00pm on May 17, 2013 at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, California, and at 8:00pm on May 18, 2013 at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California. Music Director Mitchell Sardou Klein will conduct both performances.
Simone Deleon-Jones will perform Concerto for Violin and Orchestra on her Master's Recital at 2:00pm on May 18, 2013 at Jan Popper Theatre on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles, California. Ms. Deleon-Jones will also perform works by Brahms, Chihara, and Scarbrough.
The Mission Chamber Orchestra, led by Music Director Emily Ray, performed Divertimento for Small Orchestra on April 27, 2013 at Le Petit Trianon in San Jose, California.
Saxophonist Kurt Claussen and the St. Olaf Philharmonia, directed by Martin Hodel, presented two performances of Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra: April 26, 2013 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Farmington, Minnesota, April 28, 2013 in Skogland Center Auditorium on the St. Olaf College campus in Northfield, Minnesota.
Music Director Brendan Townsend led the Laredo Philharmonic in a performance of Dance Rhapsody on April 21, 2013 at the Martinez Fine Arts Center at Laredo Community College in Laredo, Texas.
The Green Mountain Youth Symphony, conducted by Robert Blais, performed Opening Remarks on April 14, 2013 at the Barre Opera House in Barre, Vermont.
Pip Clarke's ninth performance of Concerto for Violin and Orchestra was presented with the York Symphony Orchestra to an enthusiastic capacity crowd on April 13, 2013 at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center in York, Pennsylvania, conducted by Music Director Robert Hart Baker.
Marc Teicholz was the featured soloist in a performance of Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra with the Palo Alto Philharmonic on April 6, 2013 at Cubberley Theatre in Palo Alto, California, conducted by the composer. Marc premiered the concerto in April 2012 with the Mission Chamber Orchestra.
Zachary Webb was timpani soloist with the Southwest Symphony in a performance of Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra on March 29, 2013 at Cox Auditorium at Dixie State College of Utah in St. George, Utah, conducted by Glenn Webb. Zac is principal timpanist of the Southwest Symphony and a sophomore at Dixie State College of Utah.
Brendan Townsend led the Topeka Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Celebration Overture on March 16, 2013 at White Concert Hall at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Maestro Townsend is one of five finalist candidates for the position of Topeka Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor.
Amy Green was the solo saxophonist in a performance of Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra with the Northamptonshire County Youth Orchestra on March 3, 2013 at the Derngate Theatre in Northampton UK, conducted by Andrew Kirkwood. Reports are that the performance "went down a storm".
William Klingelhoffer, principal horn of the San Francisco Opera, performed Concerto for Horn and Band with the Metropolitan State University Wind Ensemble on February 21, 2013 at the Concert Hall of the Kenneth King Center for the Performing Arts in Denver, Colorado, conducted by David Kish.
The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra presented the Chicago-area premiere of Divertimento for Small Orchestra in two performances: February 16, 2013 at the Lincoln-Way North Performing Arts Center in Frankfort, Illinois, and February 17, 2013 at Ozinga Chapel at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois. I participated in a lively pre-concert talk, and the piece received a very warm reception from the audience. Music Director David Danzmayr conducted both performances.
The Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra performed Dance Rhapsody on February 2, 2013 at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center in Decatur, Illinois, conducted by Music Director Michael Luxner.
Violinist Simone Deleon-Jones performed Meditation for Violin and Orchestra on a recital at The Hearthstone in Seattle, Washington on January 3, 2013, accompanied by pianist Chris de Leon. Ms. Deleon-Jones is a graduate student at UCLA.
The Castro Valley Adult School Chamber Orchestra performed Divertimento for Small Orchestra on their opening concert of the season on October 14, 2012 at the Castro Valley Center for the Arts in Castro Valley, California, conducted by Music Director Josh Cohen.
On October 5, 2012, ASCAP® named Lee Actor the recipient of an ASCAP Plus Award for 2012. The purpose of the ASCAP Plus awards is to reward composers whose works have a unique prestige value for which adequate compensation would not otherwise be received, and to compensate those writers whose works are performed substantially in media not surveyed by ASCAP. This is the tenth consecutive year that Actor has been honored with this award.
Ashley Cumming performed Concerto for Horn and Orchestra on her Doctoral Recital on September 21, 2012 in Ford Hall at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, accompanied by pianist Jeremy Reger. Ms. Cumming performed the concerto again on October 25, 2012 with pianist Stephanie Mara at 12:00pm in Maureen Forrester Recital Hall at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. For more information about Ms. Cumming, visit her website at www.ashleycumming.com.
Pip Clarke was the featured soloist in Concerto for Violin and Orchestra with the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra on September 29-30, 2012, conducted by Music Director Lonnie Klein. These two Opening Gala Concerts of the 2012-13 season are part of the New Mexico Centennial Celebration, and took place at the Music Center on the campus of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Richard Kelley performed Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra with the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Edward Benyas, on September 25, 2012 in Shryock Auditorium on the campus of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. Mr. Kelley is currently Lecturer in Saxophone and Jazz Studies at SIU Carbondale.
Debra Richtmeyer performed Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra to a standing ovation with the renowned Scottish Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Garry Walker, on the final gala concert of the World Saxophone Congress 2012 in St. Andrews, Scotland on July 15, 2012. Ms. Richtmeyer, an internationally distinguished pedagogue and soloist, has been Professor of Saxophone at the University of Illinois since 1991.
João Gaspar performed Concerto for Horn and Band with the Banda de Alcobaça, conducted by Rui Carreira, on July 1, 2012 at Alcobaça's Theater in Alcobaça, Portugal. This performance was part of Alcobaça's Cistermúsica 2012, an international music festival celebrating its 20th season.
Leo Saguiguit performed Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra with the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kirk Trevor, on June 30, 2012 in the Missouri Theatre in Columbia, Missouri, part of the Hot Summer Nights Music Festival. Mr. Saguiguit is Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of Missouri.
The Longy Youth Chamber Orchestra performed Opening Remarks on their final concert of the season on May 19, 2012 at Pickman Hall at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, led by conductor George Ogata.
Rory Snyder performed Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra with the Saratoga Symphony for a very appreciative audience on May 6, 2012 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Saratoga, California. The orchestra was led by Jason Klein.
The Patel Conservatory Chamber Orchestra performed Divertimento for Small Orchestra on May 6, 2012 at Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Florida. The orchestra was by Stephen P. Brown, Principal Conductor of the Patel Conservatory Youth Orchestra.
Joshua Horne performed Concerto for Horn and Orchestra on his senior recital on May 1, 2012 in Jessen Auditorium at the University of Texas at Austin.
Holly Royster performed Concerto for Horn and Orchestra on her graduate recital on April 22, 2012 in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Guitarist Marc Teicholz and the Mission Chamber Orchestra performed the world premiere of Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra on April 21, 2012 at Le Petit Trianon in San Jose, California, conducted by Emily Ray. The concerto was commissioned by the South Bay Guitar Society.
Pip Clarke was the featured soloist in two performances of Concerto for Violin and Orchestra with the Auburn Symphony on March 17-18, 2012 at the Placer High School Theater in Auburn, California. Conductor Emily Ray did an admirable job filling in for longtime music director Michael Goodwin, who died in a tragic automobile accident in February. Ms. Ray and Ms. Clarke collaborated in the premiere performance of the concerto with the Mission Chamber Orchestra, who originally commissioned the piece.
Jancie Philippus performed Concerto for Horn and Orchestra on her Master's recital on March 15, 2012 in Dalton Center Recital Hall at the Western Michigan University campus in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Rory Snyder performed Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra with the Diablo Valley College Philharmonic Orchestra on March 3, 2012 at the Diablo Valley College Performing Arts Center in Pleasant Hill, California. Mr. Snyder is the Director of Jazz Studies at Diablo Valley College. DVCPO Music Director Dr. Owen J. Lee conducted.
Pip Clarke performed Concerto for Violin and Orchestra with the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra on January 29, 2012 at the Texas A&M International University Center for the Fine and Performing Arts in Laredo, Texas. LPO Music Director Brendan Townsend conducted the performance, which was streamed online to a world-wide audience.
Thomas Shoebotham led the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra to rousing ovations in two performances of Dance Rhapsody on December 19-20, 2011 at Immanuel Presbyterian Church and St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Senior Michelle Bukoskey performed Concerto for Timpani and Band with the Spring Arbor University Concert Band on December 12, 2011 in the SAU White Auditorium in Spring Arbor, Michigan, conducted by Director of Bands Shawn Teichmer.
Pip Clarke performed Concerto for Violin and Orchestra with the Midland Symphony Orchestra on November 5, 2011 at the Midland Center for the Arts in Midland, Michigan. The concerto, written especially for Ms. Clarke, appeared on a program including works by Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff, led by guest conductor Bohuslav Rattay.
Dr. Pablo Bagilet was the featured soloist in Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra with the Hillsdale College Symphony Orchestra, led by Dr. James A. Holleman, on October 22-23, 2011 in the Sage Center for the Arts on the campus of Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. The two performances were a memorial to Eric Jones, originally scheduled to perform the concerto in 2010, who tragically passed away in July 2011 after an extended battle with cancer.
John Fadial was featured as violin soloist with the University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra in Concerto for Violin and Orchestra. Music Director Michael Griffith led the UWSO in the opening night performance at the UW Fine Arts Concert Hall in Laramie, WY on October 6, 2011. The same performers also presented the first movement of the concerto as part of UW's New Frontiers new music festival, in the Fine Arts Concert Hall on September 22, 2011, as well as five other performances on their tour of Wyoming from October 9th through 12th in Teton Village, Afton, Mountain View, and Green River.
Opening Remarks opened the 2011-12 season for the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra. Guest conductor Marissa Kaczynski led the orchestra in performances on September 16, 2011 at Bard College in Annandale, NY, and on September 18, 2011 at Woodstock Playhouse in Woodstock, NY.
Divertimento for Small Orchestraa received its premiere performance by the Skaneateles Festival Chamber Orchestra on August 13, 2011 at Skaneateles High School, conducted by Robert Moody. The work was commissioned by Jary and Julie Shimer for the Skaneateles Festival.
Kirk Trevor led the Missouri Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Dance Rhapsody on July 2, 2011 in the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts in Columbia, Missouri, part of the Hot Summer Nights Music Festival.
Navona Records released the album Lee Actor: Saxophone Concerto in April 2011. The CD contains Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra, with saxophone soloist Debra Richtmeyer, Dance Rhapsody, Concerto for Horn and Orchestra, with horn soloist Karol Nitran, Opening Remarks, and Celebration Overture. Kirk Trevor conducts the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra and the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Dustin Goodnight performed Concerto for Timpani and Band with the Albion College Symphonic Band on April 25, 2011 in Goodrich Chapel on the campus of Albion College in Albion, Michigan, conducted by Director Sam McIlhagga. Mr. Goodnight is a senior at Albion College.
Bernhard Scully, formerly principal horn of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and a member of the Canadian Brass, performed Concerto for Horn and Orchestra with the Palo Alto Philharmonic on April 9, 2011 at Cubberley Theatre in Palo Alto, California, and on April 10, 2011 at Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center in Atherton, California, conducted by the composer.
The European premiere of Concerto for Horn and Band took place on March 13, 2011 at the Center for Social and Cultural Action in Santander, Spain. Juan Carlos Sanmartín Rubio was the soloist with La Banda Municipal de Música de Santander, conducted by music director Vicente Fernandez Garcia. Mr. Sanmartín Rubio is principal horn of the band and teaches at Conservatorio Profesional de Música Ataúlfo Argenta in Santander.
The Redwood Symphony performed Dance Rhapsody for a damp but very appreciative audience on their November 20, 2010 subscription concert at the Cañada College Main Theatre in Redwood City, CA, conducted by Music Director Eric Kujawsky.
Recording sessions for my 3rd orchestral CD took place on September 6-8, 2010 in Studio 1 of the Slovak Radio in Bratislava. The works recorded were Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra, Dance Rhapsody, Opening Remarks, and Celebration Overture. Kirk Trevor conducted the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra, and Debra Richtmeyer was an outstanding soloist in the saxophone concerto. The CD will also include Concerto for Horn and Orchestra, recorded in 2007 with soloist Karol Nitran and the Slovak Radio Symphony, conducted by Kirk Trevor.
Redwood Fanfare was performed by the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra on May 7, 2010 at Benjamin Franklin Middle School Auditorium in Ridgewood, New Jersey, conducted by Arkady Leytush. The work was selected as one of three winning compositions in the orchestra's 2009 Fanfare Competition, held in honor of the their 70th anniversary celebration.
Charles Gavin performed Concerto for Horn and Orchestra with the Orchestra of the Pines on April 24, 2010 in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus in Nacogdoches, Texas, conducted by Gene Moon. Dr. Gavin is Professor of Horn at SFASU.
The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and principal timpanist Senior Master Sergeant Erica Montgomery performed the Concerto for Timpani and Band six times on their spring April 2010 tour. The performances, conducted by Commander and Music Director Lieutenant Colonel Alan Sierichs, took place between 4/13 and 4/24 in various cities throughout Illinois, Kentucky, and West Virginia.
The world premiere of Dance Rhapsody took place on April 10, 2010 at Cubberley Theatre in Palo Alto, California, and on April 11, 2010 at McAfee Theatre in Saratoga, California. The Palo Alto Philharmonic, who commissioned the piece, was conducted by the composer.
Virtuoso saxophonist Ashu and the Mission Chamber Orchestra performed the world premiere of Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra on February 14, 2010 for an enthusiastic audience at Le Petit Trianon in San Jose, California. The MCO, conducted by Emily Ray, commissioned the concerto for Ashu.
Patrick Hughes performed Concerto for Horn and Band with the highly acclaimed University of Texas Wind Ensemble on September 27, 2009 in Austin, Texas, conducted by Jerry Junkin. Mr. Hughes is Associate Professor of Horn at the University of Texas at Austin.
Charles Dowd performed Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra with the Oregon Coast Music Festival Orchestra on July 23, 2009 in Coos Bay, Oregon, conducted by Jason Klein. Mr. Dowd is a Philip H. Knight professor of music and a faculty performing artist at the University of Oregon, and is principal timpanist of the Eugene Symphony and several other orchestras.
Bernhard Scully performed Concerto for Horn and Orchestra accompanied by pianist Arlene Kies on June 25, 2009 in a recital at the Kendall Betts Horn Camp in Lyman, New Hampshire.
Violinist Alejandro Gómez Guillén performed Meditation for Violin and Orchestra with the Eastern Washington University Orchestra on June 4, 2009 at Showalter Auditorium in Cheney, Washington, conducted by Julián Gómez Giraldo.
Patrick Hughes performed Concerto for Horn and Orchestra with the St. Olaf Orchestra on May 23, 2009 at Skoglund Auditorium in Northfield, Minnesota, conducted by Steven Amundson. Mr. Hughes is Associate Professor of Horn at the University of Texas at Austin.
Percussionist Glenn Webb performed the U.S. premiere of Concerto for Timpani and Band with the Dixie State College Symphony Band on April 16, 2009 in the Concert Hall of the Eccles Fine Arts Center in St. George, Utah, conducted by Gary Caldwell. Mr. Webb is Chairman of the Music Department at Dixie State College.
Bernhard Scully performed the world premiere of Concerto for Horn and Band with the University of South Dakota Symphonic Band on March 23, 2009 in the Colton Recital Hall of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on the campus of the University of South Dakota, conducted by Dr. Kenneth Drobnak.
Jeffrey Snedeker performed Concerto for Horn and Orchestra with the Central Washington University Symphony Orchestra on March 15, 2009 in the Music Building Concert Hall at Central Washington University, conducted by Nikolas Caoile. Dr. Snedeker is Professor of Horn at CWU and is currently in his second term as President of the International Horn Society.
Andrew Levin led the South Carolina Senior All-State Orchestra in a performance of Prelude to a Tragedy on March 1, 2009, in Twichell Auditorium at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Dr. Levin is an associate professor of music at Clemson University.
Violinist David Felberg, associate concertmaster of the New Mexico Symphony, performed Concerto for Violin and Orchestra with the Palo Alto Philharmonic on February 21, 2009 at Cubberley Theatre in Palo Alto, California, and on February 22, 2009 at McAfee Theatre in Saratoga, California, conducted by Thomas Shoebotham.
Pip Clarke performed the South American premiere of Concerto for Violin and Orchestra with the Orquesta Filarmónica del Ecuador on February 19, 2009 at Casa de la Música in Quito, Ecuador, conducted by Music Director Patricio Aizaga. Ms. Clarke, to whom the piece is dedicated, premiered the concerto in 2006.
Timpanist Wen-Ting Huang performed the world premiere of Concerto for Timpani and Band with the National Taiwan Normal University Symphonic Band on February 16, 2009 in Ya-Yinh Concert Hall at National Tainan University, conducted by Professor Shu-Han Yeh.
Violinist Leslie Taylor Warlick performed Meditation for Violin and Orchestra with the Clemson University Symphony Orchestra on December 2, 2008 at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts in Clemson, South Carolina, conducted by Andrew Levin. Dr. Warlick teaches violin and viola in the Department of Performing Arts at Clemson University.
The Nova Vista Symphony has named Lee Actor as Assistant Conductor. Nova Vista was established in 1966 and is based in Northern California in the heart of Silicon Valley.
Horn soloist Bernhard Scully and the Colorado Symphony performed Concerto for Horn and Orchestra to a rousing standing ovation at the 40th International Horn Symposium on July 23, 2008 in Gates Concert Hall at the University of Denver, led by Associate Conductor Scott O'Neil. Mr. Scully is a former member of the world renowned Canadian Brass, and is currently principal horn of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
The Missouri Symphony Orchestra performed Celebration Overture on June 7, 2008 at the gala celebration opening of the newly restored Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts in Columbia, Missouri, conducted by Kirk Trevor.
The Palo Alto Philharmonic performed the encore performance of Celebration Overture, written in honor of their 20th season anniversary, on May 18, 2008 at the Cubberley Theatre in Palo Alto, California, conducted by the composer.
On May 11, 2008, radio station KUAT-FM in Arizona devoted an entire hour to the newly released Albany Records CD Lee Actor: Violin Concerto. The works played were Concerto for Violin and Orchestra and Symphony No. 2.
Albany Records released the album Lee Actor: Violin Concerto in April 2008. The CD contains Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, with violin soloist Pip Clarke, Symphony No. 2, and Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra, with timpani soloist Stuart Chafetz. Kirk Trevor conducts the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in all three works.
Concerto for Horn and Orchestra was selected as First Prize Winner in the 2007 International Horn Society Composition Contest. The IHS, which worldwide has more than 3500 members from 55 countries, received a record number of entries from 16 different nations. An article on the winning compositions appeared in The Horn Call, the official journal of the International Horn Society.
The Palo Alto Philharmonic performed the world premiere of Celebration Overture, written in honor of their 20th season anniversary, on October 20, 2007 at the Spangenberg Theatre in Palo Alto, California, conducted by Thomas Shoebotham.
Hornist Christophe Gillet performed the world premiere of Concerto for Horn and Orchestra with the Silicon Valley Symphony, which commissioned the work, on May 19, 2007 at the Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos in Los Gatos, California, Michael Paul Gibson conducting. Maestro Gibson and the SVS also performed Prelude to a Tragedy on the same program.
The Peninsula Symphony performed Variations and Fugue for Orchestra on subscription concerts on May 18, 2007 at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, California, and on May 19, 2007 at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California, conducted by Geoffrey Gallegos.
Pip Clarke, an internationally renowned violinist, performed the world premiere of Concerto for Violin and Orchestra with the Mission Chamber Orchestra on April 22, 2006 at Le Petit Trianon Theatre in San Jose, California, conducted by Emily Ray. The premiere received a rave review in the San Mateo County Times. The MCO commissioned the concerto in honor of their 10th season anniversary.
Jason Klein conducted the Y.O.S.A.C. Symphony Orchestra (senior orchestra of the Youth Orchestras of Southern Alameda County) in a performance of Variations and Fugue for Orchestra on March 12, 2006, at the CSU East Bay University Theatre in Hayward, California.
Stuart Chafetz, principal timpanist of the Honolulu Symphony, performed the world premiere of Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra with the Palo Alto Philharmonic on February 18, 2006 at the Cubberley Theatre in Palo Alto, California, conducted by Ann Krinitsky.
Kirk Trevor conducted the Ball State Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Prelude to a Tragedy on October 2, 2005 at the Sursa Performance Hall on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
MMC Recordings released the album Lee Actor - Music for Orchestra in June 2005. The CD features performances by Kirk Trevor and the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Prelude to a Tragedy was selected as a finalist in the Columbia Orchestra's 2005 American Composer Competition.
Recording studio in Bratislava
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Kirk Trevor conducting
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