Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Recent and Upcoming Performances

I have had the pleasure of working with some great musicians across the country in the past few months.  Thank you to all my performers, who have been incredibly generous with their time and talents.  I look forward to working with you all again.

On October 22-23, universities from the plains met at the Midwest Composer's Symposium at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.  I premiered Olympus: Three Miniatures of Greek Gods on Saturday morning.  Check back soon for a recording.

10/23/10, CCM

Nora Epping - Flute
Jikyung Kam - Piano
Yoo-Jung Chang - Cello
Marjorie Shearer - Clarinet/Bass Clarinet

On November 11, the University of Iowa was lucky enough to host the Jack Quartet.  Prior to an evening concert, they gave an incredible reading of the first draft of my String Quartet #1.  Check it out at http://www.brianpenkrot.com/JQSQ.aif

November 11-14 was the Society of Composers Inc National Conference at the University of South Carolina.  The USC percussion studio (run by Dr. Scott Herring) performed Rites of the Little Hours on Sunday morning.  I am pleased to announce that, though barely one year old, this was the fourth performance of the piece.  A recording can be heard at http://www.brianpenkrot.com/Works/Rites.wav

Coming up, Olympus will receive another performance at the December 4 Composer's Workshop concert at the University of Iowa.  Also expect a performance of a new musique concr├Ęte piece towards the middle of December at the University of Iowa Electronic Music Studios.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Some upcoming performances

A fine hello to you all.  I wanted to let everyone know about a few upcoming performances this fall.

October 23 - Olympus: Three Miniatures of Greek Gods
Midwest Composer's Symposium at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
Performed by the Center for New Music
Time and exact location TBA

November 11 - String Quartet #1
A reading of a selection from my upcoming quartet
Read by the Jack Quartet
1pm, exact location TBA

November 14 - Rites of the Little Hours
Society of Composers Inc National Conference at the University of South Carolina Columbia
Performers TBA
8:30am, USC School of Music Recital Hall (#206)

Stay tuned for more updates and new recordings as they become available.

Monday, June 28, 2010


Hi, everyone.

Thanks for checking out my blog. I have been very busy updating my website, and figured this is a much easier way to keep everyone up to date on my comings and goings, as opposed to constantly reformatting and uploading.

Most recently, I have completed a piece for the Rapido! composition contest. I am pretty excited about it, and will share more after the adjudication period has finished.

My percussion trio with prerecorded audio, Rites of the Little Hours, has been selected for performance at the Society of Composers 2010 National Conference at the University of South Carolina this November. It should be great fun watching more people trying to figure out how to put that together.

I have my Master's as of May 7. I am currently living in Iowa City, ready to begin my PhD this Fall at the University of Iowa.

As soon as I get my website finished (which should be this week), I am going to sit down with my 3 minute orchestral work (currently Abura-bo). My hope is to have 7 minutes ready to be read by September. I am also looking at writing a String Quartet, but it is too early to really comment any more about it.

I appreciate you taking the time to check in with me. Stay tuned for more news and updates!