March 12th, 2014 | Faculty News
Dan Locklair’s “The Cloths of Heaven” was performed by the Wake Forest University Concert Choir on tour in Ireland. Associate Professor of Music Brian Gorelick conducted the a cappella piece.
Performances were held at Galway Cathedral, the city’s Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas, Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral, and St. Ann’s Church of Ireland, also in Dublin.
“‘The Cloths of Heaven’ piece was completed in September 2013 and was composed for, and is dedicated to, the Wake Forest University Concert Choir in celebration of the Choir’s 2014 tour of Ireland,” said Locklair. “This approximately three-minute composition is a setting of Irish poet William Butler Yeats’s well-known love poem originally entitled, ‘Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven.’ First published in 1899 as a part of his third volume of poetry, Yeats’s expressive and provocative poem reflects through dream and reality his adoration toward the woman he loves.”
The score will be published by Subito Music.
November 22nd, 2013 | Events
Dan Locklair’s “In the Autumn Days” will be performed by the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra (David Hagy, music director and conductor) as part of its Thanksgiving Family Concert on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 4 p.m. in Varick Auditorium on the campus of Livingstone College (701 West Monroe Street) in Salisbury, N.C.
Locklair is composer-in-residence at Wake Forest, as well as a professor of music.
Locklair writes, “’In the Autumn Days (A Symphony for Chamber Orchestra)’ was composed during the spring of 1984. It is dedicated ‘To the memory of Wriston Locklair (1925-1984),’ whose distinguished career as a critic included writings for Musical America and Opera News. His impact on my life was very significant.” Read Locklair’s complete notes.
Adult tickets are $18, students $4, and children 8 and younger $2. For tickets and more about the November 24 event, call 704.637.4314 or visit http://www.salisburysymphony.org/.
November 1st, 2013 | Faculty News
Dan Locklair’s “The Playful Rainbow,” with text by poet Fred Chappell, will premiere on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. at the by The Stevens Center of the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. It will be performed by the Winston-Salem Youth Chorus with Barbara C. Beattie, artistic and executive director, as part of its 20th anniversary concert.
Locklair is the composer-in-residence and a professor of music at Wake Forest.
Locklair says: “‘The Playful Rainbow’ was commissioned by the Winston-Salem Youth Chorus, and is warmly dedicated to them. The piece celebrates the 20th anniversary season of this outstanding chorus founded by Barbara Beattie. ‘The Playful Rainbow’ was completed in February 2013 and is a setting of four new and delightful poems by the distinguished American writer and poet, Fred Chappell.”
The concert will feature about 100 current and former members performing the new work, as well as favorites from concerts performed during the past 20 years. Read about the concert here. For tickets, visit http://www.wsyouthchorus.org/ or call 336.703.0001.
In addition, Locklair’s “Glory and Peace” will be performed by organist Thomas Murray as part of his recital on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m., at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan. This is presented as part of Great Music in a Great Space.
October 4th, 2013 | Events, Faculty News
On Sunday, Oct. 6, the music of Dan Locklair will be featured in several different ways. Locklair is the composer in residence and a professor of music at Wake Forest.
Locklair has been the focus of the nationally syndicated American Public Media series “Pipedreams” this week with a two-hour show called “Unlocking Locklair,” focusing on his music for organ. It will be broadcast in the Winston-Salem area on Sunday from 7-9 p.m. on WDAV (89.9 FM). It is also available on the web at any time by clicking here.
The show presents seven of Locklair’s major works, including the first national broadcast of his Concerto for Organ and Orchestra (2010) in a performance by the Eastern Festival Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz, conductor, with soloist Susan Bates.
Also on Sunday, Locklair’s Hail the Coming Day (A Festive Piece for Orchestra) will be performed by the UNC Greensboro Symphony Orchestra at 3:30 p.m. at Aycock Auditorium on the campus. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 336.334.5789 or visit http://performingarts.uncg.edu/events/calendar.
Hail the Coming Day is the result of a 2012 commission from the city of Winston-Salem in honor of the 2013 Centennial Celebration of the consolidation of the towns of Winston and Salem. This composition is in one movement, consists of five short sections, and is scored for a large orchestra of triple woodwinds, triple brass, strings and percussion. Read the composer’s complete notes.
In addition, Locklair’s Preces and Responses and Phoenix Processional will be performed at 5:30 p.m. as part of choral evensong at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (520 Summit Street) in Winston-Salem. This will part of the American Institute of Organ Builders convention.
Phoenix Processional for solo organ comes from a larger composition: Phoenix Fanfare and Processional for organ, brass quartet and percussion. The original three-minute Phoenix Fanfare was commissioned in 1979 by Union Theological Seminary in New York City for the February 1980 reopening and dedication of Union’s renovated James Memorial Chapel. Read more about the piece.
August 9th, 2013 | Faculty News
Dan Locklair’s “The Peace May Be Exchanged” from Rubrics, A Liturgical Suite for Organ, will be performed by Andre de Jager on Aug. 10 at 8 p.m. as part of his recital at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.
Locklair is the composer-in-residence and a professor of music at Wake Forest. Read more about him at www.locklair.com.
Locklair said: “Rubrics (A Liturgical Suite for Organ) was a 1988 commission from the Organ Artists Series of Pittsburgh, Pa., for their 10th anniversary year celebration. The extra-musical impetus and subsequent titles for each movement of Rubrics are found in the instructions (rubrics) to the services for The Book of Common Prayer (September 1979 edition). Rubrics was given its world premiere in Pittsburgh in April 1989 by organist Mary Preston.” (Read more)
June 13th, 2013 | Events, Faculty News
Dan Locklair’s “Hail the Coming Day (A Festive Piece for Orchestra)” can be heard on WDAV (http://www.wdav.org/) on June 13 at 7 p.m. and June 16 at 3 p.m., as part of broadcasts of the recording of the Winston-Salem Symphony’s season-finale concert. Locklair is a professor of music and the composer-in-residence at Wake Forest.
The piece was commissioned by the City of Winston-Salem to celebrate its centennial.
Locklair said: “Completed in January 2013, this approximately five-minute composition is in one movement and consists of five short sections. Scored for a large orchestra of triple woodwinds, triple brass, strings and percussion, the composition takes its title from an 1876 speech given by one of early Winston’s most influential leaders, Robert Gray.”
June 6th, 2013 | Events
The world premiere of Dan Locklair’s Bond and Free, a Partsong for SATB Chorus (divisi), a cappella, will be given by the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham, Rodney Wynkoop, Conductor and Artistic Director, on Sunday, June 9, at 4 p.m. at Duke Chapel, 401 Chapel Drive. This will be part of the Ensemble’s “There Will Be Rest” concert.
Locklair, who is a professor of music and the composer-in-residence at Wake Forest, said: “My Bond and Free was completed in early April 2012. It is dedicated to the outstanding American choral musician, Rodney Wynkoop. … Approximately four minutes in length, Bond and Free takes its title from the Robert Frost poem by the same name.” Locklair’s complete notes are available here.
Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 919.684.4444 or by visiting https://tickets.duke.edu/Online/default.asp.
May 9th, 2013 | Events, Faculty News
The Winston-Salem Symphony, under music director Robert Moody, will premiere Dan Locklair’s “Hail the Coming Day” on Sunday, May 12, at 3 p.m. with a repeat performance on Tuesday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Stevens Center.
For tickets or more information, call 336.464.0145 or visit the symphony website. More information about Winston-Salem’s Centennial Celebration is available here.
Locklair, a professor of music and the composer-in-residence at Wake Forest, was commissioned by the City of Winston-Salem to compose the piece in honor of the 2013 Centennial Celebration of the consolidation of the towns Winston and Salem.
The composition, “Hail the Coming Day,” takes its title from an 1876 speech given by an early Winston leader. The piece, scored for a large orchestra, is about five minutes long and is written in one movement, which consists of five short sections.
The composition is meant to recognize the individual attributes of the towns of Winston and Salem as well as their unification. Continue reading »
April 25th, 2013 | Events, Faculty News
Two movements from Dan Locklair’s changing perceptions & Epitaph, for SATB Chorus and piano, will be performed by the Bel Canto Company, with Welborn Young, artistic director & conductor, on Saturday, April 27, at 8 p.m., and Monday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m., at Christ United Methodist Church, 419 North Holden Road in Greensboro, N.C.
Locklair is a professor of music and the composer-in-residence at Wake Forest.
The movements are What Do We Know About Life (words by Carol Adler) and High Flight (text by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.). More about the piece at http://www.locklair.com/wp/compositions/choral/changing-perceptions-epitaph.
For tickets and more information about these performances, call 336.333.2220 or visit http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/venueSearch.jsp?venue_id=4387&cobrand=belcantocompany.
April 9th, 2013 | Faculty News
Dan Locklair’s Dream Steps, a dance suite for flute, viola and harp, will be performed by The Fire Pink Trio on Tuesday, April 9, at noon and 5:30 p.m. at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art at Levine Center for the Arts at 420 South Tryon Street in Charlotte, N.C. Both performances of Modernism and Sensuality are part of the Music and Museum First Tuesdays concert series, and the 5:30 concert is presented as part of the 2013 Ulysses Festival: Charlotte’s Spring Festival of the Arts.
“Dream Steps was conceived as both a free-standing dance suite in five movements for flute, viola and harp as well as a chamber work to be danced (especially in small spaces, such as art galleries),” writes Locklair, the composer-in-residence and a professor of music at Wake Forest. “Commissioned by the Mallarmé Chamber Players of Durham, N.C., in 1993 (with partial funding from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency) and written in the same year, Langston Hughes’ five-part poem, ‘Lenox Avenue Mural,’ was the extra-musical stimulus for the piece, suggesting elements of both symbolism and form. The world premiere occurred in October 1993.”
For tickets and more information about these performances, call 704.353.9200, or visit http://www.bechtler.org/. See a list of 2013 Ulysses Festival events here [PDF].