Commissions

2016/17

  • Concerto for bass trombone and orchestra "The Arch" with St. Louis Symphony. David Robertson, conductor; Gerry Pagano, soloist.
  • Cantata based on "In Flanders Fields" (John McCrae) - for premiere performance in November to be conducted by Roï Azoulay at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim - also including wonderful friend/tenor Gideon Zelermyer.
  • Fanfare commissioned by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (Spring 2017)

2017/18

  • Concerto for low brass section and orchestra with The Minnesota OrchestraOsmo Vänskä, conductor; Doug Wright, Kari Sundström, Andrew Chappell, Steven Campbell, soloists

Current Projects

2017

  • Bass Trombone concerto "The Arch" The St. Louis Symphony, conducted by David Robertson. Gerry Pagano, soloist. premiere date: April 28, 2017 Commissioned by the St. Louis Symphony
  • Vast and Curious - re-scored for horn, tuba and wind ensemble Fredonia SUNY Wind Ensemble - directed by Paula Holcomb. soloists Gail Williams and Dan Perantoni. premiere date: April 22, 2017 (+ recording April 23) - Commissioned by SUNY Fredonia
  • in memoriam work for Kent Leslie (former principal horn of the Anderson Symphony) The Anderson Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rick Sowers. premiere date: February, 2017 Commissioned by The Anderson Symphony Orchestra

  • Liquid Melancholy (clarinet concerto) - re-scored for classical orchestra. Performances scheduled with the Lake Forest Symphony (May 20/21, 2017) and the Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) at Roosevelt University; John Yeh, soloist Commissioned by the Lake Forest Symphony

  • The Storyteller - re-scored for solo trumpet and wind ensemble Commissioned for recording by the University of Michigan Wind Ensemble, Michael Haithcock, director 

  • Work (title TBD) for trombone quartet and percussion quartet premiere date: spring 2017 Commissioned by Glenn Williams
  • this is most certainly true - for wind ensemble - premiere: October, 2017 Commissioned by a consortium of 30 wind ensembles, led by James Ripley (Carthage College) - to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran faith
  • Concerto for low brass (section) and orchestra. The Minnesota Orchestra, conducted by Oslo Vanska. Soloists, trombone and tuba section. premiere date: June, 2018 Commissioned as a crowd-funded project, led by D. Wilson Ochoa - in memory of good friend Bill Zehfuss.

Schedule of Events

JANUARY

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8-14: Performing at the St. Barts Music Festival
14-16: Composer residency at Gardner-Webb University, in North Carolina.
16-23 Eight performances of Compose Yourself! with Naples Philharmonic. (Stephenson conducting)

FEBRUARY

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3: Symphony #2 - FGCU Wind Ensemble - Rod Chesnutt conducting
7-8: Piccolo Trumpet recording/performance at Peabody. Josh Ganger, trumpet
25: Blue Night *world premiere* with the Anderson Symphony. Richard Sowers conducts. In memoriam for Kent Leslie, former principal horn.
27 - March 2: Composer-in-Residence with Chattanooga Symphony; Violin Concerto "Tributes". Holly Mulcahy.

MARCH

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3: Liquid Melancholy clarinet concerto at Roosevelt University, CCPA. John Yeh, clarinet. Alastair Willis conducting.
7-10: Composer-in-Residence at Kennesaw State University. Performances of "there are no words", "Liquid Melancholy" clarinet concerto (John Warren), "The Devil's Tale", "Concertino and Fanfare"
9-11: American Bandmasters Association conference (Lexington, KY): "Glissin' Up" + "Symphony #2" (2nd mvmt) US "President's Own" Marine Band
10: WORLD PREMIERE - orchestra version of "there are no words" Frost Symphony Orchestra, U of Miami; Thomas Sleeper
11: Lake Forest Symphony - Jim Stephenson conducting family concert(s)
14: Piccolo trumpet concerto at Arkansas State University; Chris Wilson, trumpet

APRIL

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3-7 Elgin Symphony performs Compose Yourself! (Jim Stephenson narrating)
4: Three Bones Concerto at Indiana University; Jon Whitaker, Pete Ellefson, Tim Dugan.
6: Piccolo trumpet concerto performed/recorded at MTSU. Michael Arndt.
15: WORLD PREMIERE: work for trombone quartet and percussion quartet, Vanderbilt University
22-23: Recording of "Vast and Curious" at Fredonia University. Gail Williams, horn; Dan Perantoni, tuba. Wind ensemble conducted by Paula Holcomb. More info.
23: Piccolo trumpet concerto: FGCU winds. Matthew Sonneborn
28: “The Arch” Concerto Rhapsody, with the St. Louis Symphony. Gerry Pagano, bass trombone soloist. Conducted by David Robertson Composer in attendance. More info here.

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Concerto Performer List

Over the years, Jim Stephenson has written concertos for an amazing group of musicians.

Here is a partial listing of the artists who have premiered Stephenson Concertos:

 
Violin concerto #1: Jennifer Frautschi Trumpet/piano concerto: Marc Reese/Lisa Leonard
Violin concerto #2: Alex Kerr Trombone concerto: Nitzan Haroz
Flute concerto: Bill Larsen “Tempest” trombone concerto: Joseph Alessi
Oboe concerto: Alex Klein Triple trombone concerto: Joe Alessi/Pete Ellefson/ Jon Whitaker
Clarinet concerto: Dan Gilbert, David Shifrin or John Yeh Bass trombone concerto: Matthew Guilford
Bassoon concerto: Norbert Nielubowski Tuba concerto: James Jenkins
Horn concerto: Gail Williams Brass quintet concerto: Jacob Cameron et al.
Trumpet concerto #1: Jeffrey Work Triple brass concerto: Charley Lea/Erich Peterson/Daniel Mattson
Trumpet concerto #2 (Rextreme): Rex Richardson
Trumpet Concerto #3: Ryan Anthony
 

Recent News and Upcoming Events

A busy week ahead for Stephenson Music!
Last night, a premiere for young string players at their festival concert: "Sometimes We Dance" (Bravo Larry Goltz et al!!)
Today - off to Indiana to record the piccolo trumpet concerto w/ piano (Josh Ganger), and to witness the premiere Saturday night of "Blue Night" with Rick Sowers and the Anderson Symphony Orchestra.
Feb. 27, "Song of Myself" is performed at Oregon State University. (Go Amy Hansen Nelke and Chris Chapman!)
And March 2, concertmaster Holly Mulcahy plays the violin concerto with Kayoko Dan and the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera!
And finally, March 3 - CSO clarinetist John Yeh plays "Liquid Melancholy" concerto at Ganz Hall of Roosevelt University, with Alastair Willis.
What a fun week!!
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We at Stephenson Music would like to express our most sincere thanks to those working on Jim Stephenson's music for concerto performances over the next few months.
This list represents vocal, string, woodwind, and brass concertos.
THANK YOU ALL!
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Tonight is the WORLD PREMIERE of Jim Stephenson's full-orchestra version of "there are no words" - a musical remembrance of the #Charleston9 victims of the tragic shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. The performance is by the Frost School of Music UM Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Sleeper.
It will be live-streamed. Concert starts at 8 pm (EST). Jim's piece is just after intermission (around 8:45).
Please join us for this most emotional and important work.
www.miami.edu/frost/index.php/frost/frost_events/streaming_events/gusman_concert_hall/
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We're going to go ahead and call this a great birthday-week for composer Jim Stephenson. Several of his most important compositions are being performed in the next 7 days!!
**Tonight (Feb. 2) - the Axiom Brass perform his Celestial Suite, accompanied by an interactive film created by astro-physicist Kyle Kremer.
**Feb. 4 - the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and conductor Gregory Vajda perform the young-audience piece "Compose Yourself!"
**Feb. 4 - the Alabama Wind Ensemble and Randall Coleman will perform "there are no words" (#Charleston9 remembrance piece)
**Feb. 5 - the FGCU Wind Orchestra and conductor Rod Chesnutt present the 2nd performance of the newly-composed Symphony #2.
**Feb. 10 - the premiere of the orchestral version of "there are no words", with Thomas Sleeper leading the Frost School of Music UM Symphony Orchestra.
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Many thanks to the performers playing the music of Jim Stephenson these few days: thank yous to trumpet players Kevin Gebo, Nick Moe and Timothy Meyer Altman for inclusion in their important recitals. Thank you Deb Koczian Stevenson for including the "Mysteries of Harris Burdick" oboe quartet as a constant in your performances. Thank you and best wishes to Emily Wasson Bowland on the upcoming performance of the clarinet sonata, and lastly, this Thursday - the Axiom Brass plays the monumental "Celestial Suite", with multimedia visuals created by Kyle Kremer! ... See MoreSee Less

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