Louisa Trewartha Commissioned by Mid America Freedom Band
January 24, 2017 Kansas City, MO — The Mid America Freedom Band has commissioned Louisa Trewartha to compose a new piece scheduled to receive its premiere in the ensemble’s 15th season.
Trewartha, a freelance composer, conductor, educator, and trumpeter from Melbourne, Australia, was unanimously selected by a five-person panel after reviewing the submissions resulting from the fourth annual Mid America Freedom Band Call for Proposals. Each year the call is altered slightly to fit the theme of the season.
Submissions were received from a talented pool of 40 composers from across the globe including those from Brazil, China, Australia, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Argentina, Japan, the United Kingdom, and numerous entries from the United States. In keeping with the theme of the Mid America Freedom Band’s 2017–18 season “Frontiers and Pioneers,” Trewartha will write a piece inspired by Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder, to receive its premiere on October 29, 2017 at the J.C. Nichols Auditorium at the National World War I Museum and Memorial by the Mid America Freedom Band.
“Louisa’s diverse background as a performer, composer, conductor, and educator shows in her carefully crafted compositions. Her skill is evident across her gripping film scores, timbrally creative chamber music, and compelling works for brass band. We’re delighted to work with her on this new piece. It’s a honor to present new and unfamiliar voices in contemporary composition to our Kansas City audiences. I encourage those in the band world to seek out her music and that of our other stellar finalists,” writes Mid America Freedom Band Artistic Director Lee Hartman.
This new work will join pieces by Aaron Copland, Julie Giroux, Mark Camphouse, Ralph Raymond Hays, and more on the fall concert of the Mid America Freedom Band’s 15th season on October 29, 2017.
MAFB Call for Proposals Results Selected Composer: Louisa Trewartha
Runner-Up: Matthew Nunes
Finalists (in alphabetical order): Troy Armstrong, David Avshalomov, Craig Biondi, Edmund Jolliffe, Patricia Martínez, Gene Pritsker, Anna Rubin, David Snow
Panelists: Lee Hartman (Artistic Director), Jeanine Asay (Librarian, tenor saxophone), Federika “Freddy” Morado (euphonium), Christopher Walter (trumpet), Daniel Vu (percussion).
Here is a link to the film I created for my Masters final Project/Thesis.
Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music aka BIFEM has just been launched. Very exciting!
I will be performing in the Argonaut Ensemble concert called ‘Seeing Double’, which features two world premieres:
More information here:
Melbourne based composer and freelance musician Allison Wright presents an evening of chamber music inspired by the sound of the emerging contemporary classical music scene in New York. In an exciting program featuring brand new Australian compositions and premieres, kammervolk will explore both the divide and intimacy between classical and pop music.
Bringing together some of Australia’s finest young artists and instrumentalists, kammervolk will be a celebration of chamber music and collaborative art.
Allison Wright: “Two chapters from the same story”, featuring artwork by Minna Leunig and poetry by Jacob Sutherland
Carolyn Schofield: “Face-Up”
Judd Greenstein: “Clearing, dawn, dance” – Australian premiere
Tilman Robinson: “Orison”
Lachlan Hughes: “Liturgy”
Curtis Reardon: “Glimpses of the path”
Louisa Trewartha: “Thin boundaries”
and a few sneaky extras…
Featuring the instrumental talents of:
Flute – Tamara Kohler
Clarinet – Kenny Keppel
Trumpet – Allison Wright
Violin – Natasha Conrau
Viola – Anthony Chataway
Cello – Jenni Mills
Piano/Ondes Martenot – Jacob Abela
Percussion – Kaylie Melville
Doors open 30 minutes before show.
For bookings and info, head to www.trybooking.com/KZAH or phone 9417 1983
Under 25′s $10
I’m very much looking forward to hearing my new trio performed by Ensemble Goldentree.
THE STRONG, THE FAIR
SUNDAY 13 MARCH / 2:30 PM
75 Reid Street, North Fitzroy
Trewartha - Memories for a Stranger
Pearson – New work
In the week of International Women’s Day Ensemble Goldentree will celebrate the contributions made to chamber music by women, and explore the stories of these composers, their works and performers.
Traversing generations and continents this passionate all-female ensemble will present the world premiere of two new works by Melbournian composers Louisa Trewartha and Natasha Pearson alongside influential female composers throughout history.
Complimentary afternoon tea served during the performance.
Adult $20 / Concession $15
Soprano Alison McIntosh. Photography: Daniele Martinie