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Prairie Portraits performed in Athens, Greece

Athanasios Zervos, alto saxophone, and Monica Andrianopoulou, piano, performed beautifully Pat’s Prairie Portraits in Athens, Greece on February 5th, 2013, at Nakas Hall. The work, originally written for English horn and piano, is very effective on saxophone and is available from Jeanné, Inc.


MAVerick Ensemble performs O Rubor Sanguinis

Pat Morehead’s work for clarinet and cello Variations based on O Rubor Sanguinis will be performed on February 24 by the MAVerick Ensemble. See details on their website at www.maverickensemble.org.


Hanging from the Edge

Pat Morehead’s Elegy, new works by Sarah J. Ritch and John Elmquist, and music by Howard Sandroff, Elliott Carter  and Karheinz Stockhausen will be featured in a concert on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 3PM at the University of Chicago under the sponsorship of the Renaissance Society, in Fulton Recital Hall, Goodspeed Hall 4th fl., 1010 E. 59th St.. Chicago. Admission is free.

The complete program:

Elliott Carter Figment IV for solo viola
John Elmquist Palaver & Palliative for English horn and piano (world premiere)
Patricia Morehead Elegy for viola and piano
Sarah J. Ritch Spiral Density for oboe and electronics (world premiere)
Howard Sandroff Tephillah for clarinet and computer controlled audio processors
Howard Sandroff Untitled #4  for steel sculpture and computer
Karlheinz Stockhausen In Freundschaft for solo clarinet

Performers include Alejandro Acierto, clarinet; Michael Hall, viola; Benjamin Sutherland, percussion; Patricia Morehead, oboe and English horn; and Philip Morehead, piano

A reception at the Renaissance Society museum will follow the concert.


“Variations” for solo piano

Esteemed pianist Jeffrey Jacob (who has recorded the complete piano music of George Crumb) has released his performance of Pat Morehead’s Variations for solo piano as part of his series “Contemporary American Eclectic Music for the Piano” on the New Ariel label.

Described by the Warsaw Music Journal as “unquestionably one of the greatest performers of 20th century music,” and the New York Times as “an artist of intense concentration and conviction,” Jeffrey Jacob received his education from the Juilliard School (Master of Music) and the Peabody Conservatory (Doctorate) and counts as his principal teachers, Mieczyslaw Munz, Carlo Zecchi, and Leon Fleisher.

Currently Artist-in-Residence at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, he received the 2002 Artist of the Year Award from the International New Music Consortium at New York University for his work as composer, pianist and educator.


CUBE plays two works by Pat Morehead

On Monday, June 18, 2012 two of my works were performed by CUBE on a concert at Pianoforte Chicago, 408 S. Michigan ave., titled “Vanishing Points/Quantum Leaps.” The two works included a world premiere of a new work for double bass and speaker, The Stutterer, a setting of a poem by Chicago poet Nina Corwin (pictured). It will be performed with the poet as speaker and Bill Harrison, double bass. Also on the program was my work from 1993 The Edible Flute for flute and piano, inspired by the novel by Margaret Atwood, and performed by Caroline Pittman, flute, and Philip Morehead, piano. The concert also included works by Julian Harvey, Janice Misurell-Mitchell, and M. William Karlins, with guest performers John Bruce Yeh, clarinet, the Lincoln Trio, Janice Misurell-Mitchell, flute, and Irina Feoktistova, piano.


Prairie Portraits at Katerina’s

Saxophonist Athanasios Zervas

On Saturday, June 23, 2012 my piece Prairie Portraits in the version for saxophone and piano was premiered at Katerina’s, 1920 W. Irving Park Rd, Chicago, as part of their Summer Art-Music Series. This concert featured visiting artist Athanasios Zervas (pictured) – composer, saxophonist, and assistant professor at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki Greece – along with Philip Morehead, piano. A versatile piece, it has now been performed on English horn (Carolyn Hove), clarinet (Christie Miller), cello (Paula Kosower – see below), and now saxophone. The music has been published by Jeanné, Inc. Other composers represented on this exciting program of modern music included Frank Abbinanti, Aris Carastathis, Dinos Constantinides, George Flynn, Ilya Levinson, Robert Lombardo, Spyros Panaousis, Shulamit Ran, Christos Samaras, Stephen Syverud, Mikis Theodorakis, and Athanasios Zervas.

 


Pat Morehead featured at IDRS Conference

On Saturday, July 7, 2012 three pieces of mine were performed at the IDRS (International Double Reed Society) conference at Miami U, Oxford, Ohio.
The three pieces are:
Conversations for oboe and percussion
Elegy for English horn and piano
Meditation and Exultation (dedicated to Alicia in honor of the Virgin Mary) for solo oboe d’amore

Alicia Cordoba Tait, oboe, oboe d’amore and English horn with Philip Morehead, piano, and George Blanchet, percussion

About Meditation and Exultation – my oboist friend Alicia Cordoba Tait is a Marian scholar at Benedictine University. We are long-time friends (she’s a fine oboist, of course). I am lucky that I went to St. Mary’s Academy for two years to keep me from going astray in high school! I am  a mystic who loves the traditional mass in Latin (don’t need to understand) with Gregorian chant.


Meditation and Exultation (2012)

Oboist Alicia Cordoba Tait

Patricia Morehead’s newest work is a piece for oboe d’amore solo dedicated to Alicia Cordoba Tait in honor of the Virgin Mary.

About Meditation and Exultation – my oboist friend Alicia Cordoba Tait is a Marian scholar at Benedictine University. We are long-time friends (she’s a fine oboist, of course). I am lucky that I went to St. Mary’s Academy for two years to keep me from going astray in high school! I am a mystic who loves the traditional mass in Latin (don’t need to understand) with Gregorian chant.


Pat’s newest work, Metropolis for full orchestra, premiered

Pat’s newest work, Metropolis for orchestra, was premiered by the Chicago Metropolitan Orchestra (formerly the Chicago Businessmans’ Orchestra), which commissioned the work. The premiere took place under the baton of music director Russell Vinick on Sunday, November 13, 2011, in Gottlieb Hall of the Merit School of Music in Chicago. For information on the orchestra, visit their web site at http://www.cmsorch.org.


Pat Morehead to work with Chamber Opera Chicago

Pat will be orchestrating arrangements of period works for Chamber Opera Chicago’s September production of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Barbara Landis, artistic director.