Upcoming premieres include a new suite for pianist Sarah Bob, a soprano/piano duet for Tony Arnold and Jacob Greenberg and more. Stay tuned for news of encore performances of "Merger" for 2 Cellos (completed in 2016) and other recent works.
New works completed by Curtis K. Hughes in 2015-16 include String Quartet No. 2 and "Antechamber" for percussion quartet, premiered by Semiosis Quartet and Boston Percussion Group respectively...
FALL 2014 NEWS...
ANNOUNCING the premiere of a brand new short opera by Curtis K. Hughes: "RareBit," to be performed by Guerilla Opera from September 25-27 along with a short opera by Rudolf Rojahn, as part of a unique double bill, "Let's Make a Sandwich," directed by Copeland Woodruff and Giselle Ty. Tickets are now available here.
CD Release: "Flux Flummoxed" - the new CD from Benjamin Sung and Jihye Chang (violin/piano duo) includes Curtis K. Hughes's "insult to injury" and is now available on Amazon and on iTunes.
CD re-release: "Heavy Up/Heavy Down" - by the Yesaroun' Duo, including Hughes's "Two-Faced," is available again from iTunes!
AN EVENING OF CHAMBER MUSIC by CURTIS K. HUGHES:
September 29 concert at the Boston Conservatory to include the "Palin Suite" from the opera Say it Ain't So, Joe and numerous other recent works. More information is here.
ANNOUNCING…. the world premiere recording of Curtis K. Hughes's opera about the 2008 Vice Presidential Debate between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden: "SAY IT AIN'T SO, JOE" (a light tragedy)
This chamber opera presents a surreal and fractured musical re-imagining of the debate, in which the original vocal utterances of the two candidates are harmonized and transformed into operatic melody, with fantastical digressions and glimpses of other contemporaneous events and personalities, including Hillary Clinton and Joe "the Plumber" Wurzelbacher.
featuring the original cast of the 2009 premiere production by GUERILLA OPERA
"[a] cheerfully cracked mirror"
- Matthew Guerrieri, New Music Box
"The audience response was rapturous."
- Boston Musical Intelligencer
"Hughes's score... showed major chops and energy"
- Keith Powers, The Boston Herald
NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE - CLICK HERE TO ORDER!
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ALSO AVAILABLE NOW...
"DANGER GARDEN" - exciting new ensemble music by Curtis K. Hughes, featuring performances by the nationally acclaimed FIREBIRD ENSEMBLE, recent winners of the CMAcclaim Award presented by Chamber Music America.
The CD includes the Firebird's interpretations of three works, including "danger garden," a volatile, colorful instrumental work inspired by botanical experiments gone awry, recently described as a "little winner"in the Boston Globe and as "engagingly lively" in the Boston Phoenix. Also, "The Beck Journals" Volumes 1 and 2, featuring soprano Jennifer Ashe, presents introspective settings of diary entries by the late painter Rosemarie Beck as she copes with the male-dominated New York art world of the 1950s.
The CD also features the expansive textural colors of "Myopia 2" for a virtuoso group of 12 saxophones, and the politically charged intensity of "National Insecurity," composed during the run-up to US military action in Iraq of the past decade.
NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE HERE.
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