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.

Rave for A Book of Days and Strata


Kenneth Frazelle's A Book of Days was premiered in March by the trio Strata, who commissioned the piece. The work and its performance earned a rave from reviewer Tom Moore:
This music...was simply sublime, in the deepest sense of the word, a sublimity that one rarely experiences in concert. Indeed, I think the word 'masterpiece' is not too strong for this work. It was beautifully and sensitively rendered by Strata. I hope they will soon record and release it on CD. It deserves to join the core repertoire of the chamber literature.
See the entire review here.
Rear View on the Road

Mezzo soprano Kathryn Findlen and pianist Richard Masters have booked seven performances of Kenneth Frazelle's Songs in the Rear View Mirror for 2012-2013, including a recital at Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall on May 20, 2013. Other performances are in Texas, North Carolina and Washington, DC.  Check out the tour here. Listen to a performance here.