Organ Premiere at Westminster Abbey

Mathew Michael Brown will premiere Kenneth Frazelle's work for organ, Aria (with Diversions), at his December 7 recital at Westminster Abbey. Yes, that Westminster Abbey, where all the kings and poets are buried. Matthew might not draw the kind of crowd that turns up for a royal funeral, but he is bringing with him a large contingent from First United Methodist Church in Salisbury, where he is music director, as well as the entire organ department of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where Matthew received his bachelor of music degree. He received his masters degree at Eastman School of Music and served on the music staff of Grace Church in New York City. Aria (with Diversions) was commissioned by the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts.
Ken on the Cover

Kenneth Frazelle's watercolor is the cover art for Joseph Mills's fifth collection of poetry, This Miraculous Turning, to be published in September by Press 53. (You can pre-order a signed copy now!) Joe teaches at the University of North Carolina School o the Arts, where he holds an endowed chair, the Susan Burress Wall Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities.

Tami Petty Wins Joy in Singing

Congratulations to soprano Tami Petty, 2014 Joy in Singing Award Artist Winner. At the prestigious competition's finals, held at the New York Performing Arts Library on April 2, Tami's program included selections from Kenneth Frazelle's Appalachian Songbook. Her awards from the competition include a recital at Merkin Concert Hall this fall.
Watercolor Show

The first public exhibition of Kenneth Frazelle's watercolors is up through March 29 at Inter_Section Gallery, 629 N. Trade Street, Winston-Salem, NC. You can see images of some of the works in the show, along with Barbara Lister-Sink's pastels, here. Other Frazelle watercolors are here. (Click on the image here to enlarge.)

Triple Concerto for Meadowmount

Kenneth Frazelle's new Triple Concerto, commissioned by the renowned Meadowmount School of Music in Westport, NY, was premiered by the Meadowmount String Orchestra at the school's 70th Anniversary Gala on August 4. Soloists were the esteemed Meadowmount alumni James Ehnes, violin, and Robert deMaine, cello, along with Meadowmount director, Eric Larsen, piano.James Albritten conducted.

Two Frazelle Premieres at Carnegie's Weill Hall

Mezzo soprano Kathryn Findlen and pianist Richard Masters presented the New York premiere of Kenneth Frazelle's Songs in the Rear View Mirror at Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall on May 20, 2013.  In addition, Richard Masters performed the world premiere of Frazelle's Book of Blue Flowers for solo piano. Also on the program was Hymn to the Night by Robert Ward, the esteemed composer who was Frazelle's high school composition teacher at N.C. School of the Arts.

Psalm 18 Receives First Performance

Kenneth Frazelle's Psalm 18, for men's chorus and organ, was commissioned by Home Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, NC. The Men's Chorus gave the piece its first performance in a special service celebrating the rich musical heritage of the Moravians. Glenn Siebert, the church's music director, conducted. Susan Foster was organist. Watch the performance here.