2,000 music teachers, students, and music industry personnel will meet in Chicago from March 22-26, 2014 for the Music Teachers National Association’s annual conference. Prominent on the schedule is the premiere of two trios by American composers Wynn-Anne Rossi and Phillip Keveren.
Both trios were commissioned by MTNA’s Collaborative Commissioning Project which encourages the creation and study of chamber music accessible to intermediate-level students and amateurs. Consider these two inspiring works for the intermediate-level musicians in your sphere.
Skyscraper by Wynn-Anne Rossi is an energizing, motivating, late-intermediate trio for clarinet, alto saxophone and piano. Wynn-Anne conveys the wonder of a towering skyscraper and the fast pace, excitement, and dissonance of a big American city. Jazz rhythms, meters and harmonies are prominent. One movement in length, the duration is four breathtaking minutes.
Petite Voyage by Phillip Keveren for trumpet, trombone and piano is a beautiful, inspiring intermediate-level trio in F Major. The piece begins with fluid arpeggios in the piano and the introduction of a simple two-measure theme by the trumpet, answered by the trombone. Its middle section is playful and carefree. For this listener, the grand ending evoked images of an elegant ship entering a harbor. One movement in length, the duration is four and half minutes.
Skyscraper and Petite Voyage will be premiered and composers Wynn-Anne Rossi and Phillip Keveren will be interviewed at the MTNA conference at 2:15 pm on Sunday, March 23 at Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. The hour-long event is called From the Pen to the Premiere.