Distinctive Tonal Music Inspired by Magical Places

Winter 2017 PAN PIPES News Sheet, Sigma Alpha Iota

News 03.11.2016 16:33

Michael Mauldin

PREMIERES: “Valle Grande: Overture for Double String Orchestra,” commissioned by the Eldorado High School Orchestra in Albuquerque NM, was premiered by the school's top two string orchestras, conducted by Ruth Striegel, May 3 2016 at the school. It was inspired by a trip the composer, the conductor and the orchestras made to Valles Caldera National Preserve the previous September. “Spirit Tree: Soliloquy for Native American Flute” was premiered by James Pellerite on September 14, 2016 at Indiana University at Kokomo. The score bears the transcription, “When my mind and spirit hurt, I lean on a mighty tree to feel the quiet energy it pulls from earth and sky.”

PERFORMANCES: “Dreams of the Child of Light, for Native American Flute and String Orchestra” was performed by James Pellerite, native flute, and the William & Mary Symphony Orchestra, David Grandis, Director, on December 4, 2015 at The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg VA. Mauldin conducted the Chancel Choir of Asbury United Methodist Church, Albuquerque NM, and members of Soli Musica in “Come, Holy Spirit” on May 15, 2016 at AUMC. The Quad City Youth Symphony, directed by Benjamin Klemme, performed “Three Jemez Landscapes” November 13, 2016 at Augustana College, Rock Island IL. Also conducted by Benjamin Klemme, the Concert Orchestra of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony performed “Three Jemez Landscapes” November 20, 2016 in Minneapolis. The Colorado All-State Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sayra Siverson, performed “Three Jemez Landscapes” February 11, 2017 at the University Center of the Arts, Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

PUBLICATIONS: “Enchanted Land: Suite for Narrator and Orchestra” and “Desert Light: Four Episodes for Chamber Orchestra” were published by M Mauldin.

NEWS: “Birds in Winter: Six Preludes for Harp” was chosen to be a required piece in the Intermediate II Division of the 22nd National Competition (2017) of the American Harp Society. Mauldin presented the paper “Beyond the Four Hills,” concerning his attempt to celebrate with his music an environmental essence, at the Rocky Mountain Division of the American Society for Aesthetics, July 2016, in Santa Fe NM. A recording of “Three Dances from Chaco Canyon: Concertpiece for Chamber Orchestra” was broadcast on WPRB FM in Princeton NJ by Marvin Rosen September 14, 2016 on a special edition of “Classical Discoveries” devoted to music of Native American Indians and inspired by them.


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