This project was a CD recording of four (4) new concerti for oboe and orchestra or chamber ensemble, written by American composers, each of which represents a similar style of descriptive, picturesque, illuminating and extremely accessible music with a popular flair. It represents a synthesis of American contemporary composers whose music is critically acclaimed and of popular appeal, including UM composer Michael Daugherty, while also showcasing the talents and accomplishments of University of Michigan students and Ann Arbor musicians.
This CD brings attention to new works being written for the oboe, works by composers who deserve recognition and most especially those by female composers, and works that are due for a much-needed boost in awareness. It further establishes the oboe as a solo instrument, which benefits students, composers, and performers of the future.None of the four works have been professionally recorded. The recording process employed 51 University of Michigan artists and will reach audiences of thousands as it is distributed worldwide.
I am sending you a physical copy of the CD under separate cover. I have distributed complimentary copies to all musicians and students involved in the process. The CD is also available on Spotify, Apple Music, and Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/illumination/id1281971116
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As always, the project cost more than anticipated. I was able to get additional funding through private sources. The total cost of the project was $25,355.00 of which I was grateful for the $500 provided by CRLT.