Gerard Schwarz conducts Igor Korneitchouk's The Disqualification of Harry Semantix as Trial Juror for East County for saxophone and orchestra.
NEW YORK, New York -- March 13, 2000 -- Gerard Schwarz conducted the New York Chamber Orchestra in a world premiere performance of Igor Korneitchouk's composition The Disqualification of Harry Semantix as Trial Juror for East County, for saxophone and orchestra, at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. Saxophonist James Romeo was the featured soloist. Mr. Romeo previously recorded the saxophone and piano version of this work on the Old King Cole Productions' CD , The Virtual Performer (OKCD 001). The orchestra's brilliant playing provided an ideal backdrop for James Romeo's spirited performance. A new cadenza was written for the occassion. Also on the well attended concert program were five other world and New York premieres including those of William Thomas McKinley and Elizabeth Bell.
Later in the week the musicians reconvened with the composer at the Astoria Recording Studios in order to record the piece for a future CD release on the MMC recording label. Also in the works by Igor Korneitchouk is a new CD of the his electronic music on the Old King Cole Productions label slated for release in 2001.
Old King Cole Productions is a San Diego based company founded in 1997 to expose and promote new experimental music on staggeringly original CDs. Visit the company Web site at http://www.oldkingcole.biz/okcd/ for more information about its catalog, including The Virtual Performer (OKCD 001).
IGOR KORNEITCHOUK was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1956, and emigrated to the U.S. at the age of three. He received his Ph.D. in composition from University of California, San Diego where he studied with Roger Reynolds, Bernard Rands, and Joji Yuasa. In 1980, his Six Frames for String Quartet was selected as part of the syndicated Young Audiences Program. Splinters of a Shattered Space, for Cello and Piano, was selected by competition to be performed at the Cal Arts Festival of 1983. He has been awarded grants from UC Regents and the American Music Center for the performance of his Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra, "Desert Flowers," in 1987. Korneitchouk has had his orchestral works Everything That Rises Must Converge recorded by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Gerard Schwarz, and Viola Concerto, "Coaxing the Shadows to Move of Their Own Volition," recorded by the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra of Prague with violist Karen Dreyfus.
JAMES ROMEO has appeared as a solo saxophonist at two World Saxophone Congresses and the North American Saxophone Alliance's National Conventions. He has also performed as a saxophone or woodwind specialist with the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the Cleveland Ballet Orchestra, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Crystal Cathedral Hour of Power Orchestra and the Garden Grove Symphony. He is currently on call with the San Diego Symphony. Mr. Romeo has performed with or under Arthur Fiedler, Vincent Persichetti, Robert Shaw, Nelson Riddle, Phil Woods, Joe Williams, Cab Calloway and entertainers such as Bob Hope, Linda Ronstadt, Danny Thomas and Roger Williams. Mr. Romeo received his B.S. from Kent State University and his M.M. from Akron University. He has studied with Donald Sinta, Frederick Hemke, Harvey McGuire, and Joseph Allard.
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