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2010



OCTOBER



Oahu Choral Society premieres BUMP! with choreography by Amy Schiffner
On October 24 at Paliku Theatre, Esther Yoo (director, Honolulu Symphony Chorus and Honolulu Chamber Choir) and pianists Thomas Yee and Grant Mack premiere BUMP!, a 17-min. Halloween-themed work for chorus and piano four-hands.  (Yes, that's right -- from "things that go BUMP in the night.")   Kudos to choreographer Amy Schiffner (UH Mänoa faculty), lighting designer Lloyd Rifod, and the terrific dancers from the UH Manoa dance department for creating a very mysterious and hallowed eve atmosphere.  Thanks to the Honolulu Mayor's Office on Culture and the Arts for generously supporting the commission and performance.



Chamber Music Hawaii premieres part one of Päka`a: Lanakila!
Commissioned with generous funding from the Honolulu Mayor's Office on Culture and the Arts, the terrific Spring Wind ensemble from Chamber Music Hawaii (Marsha Schweitzer, basson; Jonathan Parrish, horn; James Moffitt, clarinet; with guests Claire Butin, flute;  Brad Shimizu, oboe; and yours truly as narrator) premieres part one of Päka`a: Lanakila! at Paliku Theatre on Oct. 4  and at the Honolulu Academy of Arts on Oct. 10.  The work, for wind quintet and narrator, tells the story of young Päka`a, who lives in the cliffs of Ke-ahi-ahi on the island of Kaua`i, and who outwits the local fishermen in a canoe race against all odds.  (Watch for the conclusion during next season's 30th anniversary ofChamber Music Hawaii!)
SEPTEMBER



ETHEL brings Outta This World (unplugged) to the Moab Music Festival (UT) and the Museum of Communications in St. Petersburg (Russia)
Thanks to a generous American Composers Forum ENCORE program award, "America's favorite string band" performs Outta This World at the Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge (also supported in part by a grant from WESTAF).  Then, a few weeks later, they land in St. Petersburg for a Russian concert tour supported by CEC ArtsLink, which includes performances in St. Petersburg, Petrozavodsk, Kaliningrad and Moscow.  Here's a fun blog of their Russian debut.

MAY



ETHEL rocks in new 'unplugged' version of Outta This World
ETHEL (Cornelius Dufallo and Mary Rowell, violins; Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, 'cello) premiered the unplugged version of Outta This World on May 13 at the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert in LaGuardia Performing Arts Center...  what seriously awesome performers!  Jon led the pre-performance audience interaction/improvisation with a great assist from those intrepid ETHEL specialists.  Fun, fun, fun...

APRIL



Hawaii Youth Symphony premieres KE AO 
Commissioned by the HYS in celebration of the HYS' 45th and Maestro Henry Miyamura's 25th anniversary with the HYS, KE AO was premiered at Blaisdell Concert Hall on April 11 by the HYS, Honolulu Symphony Chorus (Esther Yoo, dir.) and ho`opa`a chanters from Halau Hula Ka No`eau (Michael Pili Pang, kumu hula) -- a terrific first performance.  Bravi, tutti!!!  See the following HYS Facebook photo links:   Pic 1  Pic 2

MARCH



Meet The Composer's MetLife Creative Connections program award
Thanks to a generous Meet The Composer award, Jon will participate in ETHEL Foundation for the Arts' presentation of Outta This World on May 13 at the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert in LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. 


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DECEMBER



American Composers Forum ENCORE program award
Thanks to a generous award from ACF's ENCORE program, ETHEL will perform Jon's first string quartet (it's been 11 years since Outta This World's premiere!).  ETHEL will be performing the "unplugged" version in May.


Honolulu Symphony Chorus performs Psalm 23
The Honolulu Symphony Chorus, directed by Esther Yoo, presented Psalm 23 for SATB chorus and organ, at St. Andrew's Cathedral in Honolulu, with John Renke at the organ.  



Hawai`i Youth Opera Chorus performs "Christmas Bells"
The Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus, directed by Nola Nahulu, presented the Hawai`i premiere of Christmas Bells for 3-part treble chorus and piano, atKawaiaha'o Church in Honolulu.


NOVEMBER


Honolulu Symphony Chorus premieres Psalm 23
The Symphony Chorus joined with the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus to present "A Festival of Psalms", which featured the Honolulu Chamber Choir's premiere of Psalm 23 for SATB chorus and organ at Kawaiaha'o Church on November 25, with Buddy Naluai at the organ and conducted by HSC artistic director Esther Yoo.

AUGUST


PBS Hawai`i premieres State of Aloha documentary
Jon contributed some original music for this TV version of State of Aloha which premiered on PBS Hawai`i on August 27.  Directed by Anne Misawa of the Academy for Creative Media (University of Hawai`i at Manoa), the feature-length version will show at the Hawai`i International Film Fest (October).


TWO NEW versions of Psalm 23 available -- SATB and SSAA
Originally composed for solo voice and piano, these new arrangements are scored for SSAA and SATB with piano/organ (approximately 4 minutes in duration).

MAY

Honolulu Symphony brass quintet premieres Fanfare for Halekulani
Commissioned by the Halekulani Corporation in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Halekulani Hotel redesign, the Honolulu Symphony Brass Quintet (including 2 fine percussionists!) premieres Fanfare for Halekulani at Halekulani Hotel, Coral Ballroom.



Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus' Na Leo Küho`okahi performs Canticum
One of the final performances of the 2008-09 year for HYOC -- Nola and those young ladies do a great job! 

MARCH

Honolulu Symphony performs Hawaiian Medley on Hawai`i Island Tour
Performances took place at Kamehameha Schools Kea’au Performing Arts Center, Kea`au, Hawai`i Island, and featured students from Kea`au Elementary and Kamehameha Schools, Kea`au.


2009

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DECEMBER


Honolulu Symphony performs Hawaiian Medley at Blaisdell Concert Hall
Performances launch 2008-09 education season with collaborating public and independent schools from O`ahu and Hawai`i Island.  Hawaiian Medley is based on the late Nola Beamer's Pupu Hinuhinu and Kahuli aku, and scored for symphony orchestra with 2-part children’s choir and 2-part recorder choir. 


NOVEMBER

Canticumdebuts 
Based on Song of Solomon 2:10-13 from the Latin Vulgate Bible, the 5-minute choral work for 4-part treble chorus and piano was composed for Nola Nahulu and Hawai'i Youth Opera Chorus' Na Leo Kuho'okahi ensemble for the November premiere at the Hawaii Music Teachers Association annual state convention.  Many thanks to the HMTA and Music Teachers National Association for generous support of this project.

Jon is clinician at 13th Annual Na Leo Pili Mai Choral Festival 
Jon conducts high school and advanced treble voices in Benjamin Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols" at the Festival;  also on the Festival program is Jon's newCanticum.

SEPTEMBER

Christmas Bells for treble chorus available
Click here to hear the 5-minute work for 3-part treble chorus, treble solo and piano, based on . (Recording courtesy of Cornell University Chorus and director Scott Tucker.)  


NEW Canticumfor 4-part treble chorus and piano
Based on Song of Solomon 2:10-13 from the Latin Vulgate Bible, the 5-minute choral work was composed for Nola Nahulu and Hawai'i Youth Opera Chorus' Na Leo Kuho'okahi ensemble for the November premiere at the Hawaii Music Teachers Association annual state convention.  Many thanks to the HMTA and Music Teachers National Association for generous support of this project.


AUGUST

Psalm and The Winged online at Oxford University Press website
Visit the OUP page here.

JULY

Albany Records releases "Jon Magnussen:
Music for Limón Dances" 

  (click to hear mp3 excerpt)

Albany Records released Jon Magnussen:Music for Limón Dances this month.  Very special thanks to the Institute for Advanced Study, Fowler Merle-Smith Family Charitable Lead Trust, Larry Magnussen, Lois Magnussen, and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording Program of the American Music Center for helping make this recording possible.  The CD is available now at these online retailers: www.albanyrecords.com,  www.arkivmusic.com, www.hbdirect.com, www.target.com
[over the coming weeks, online retailers will grow to include Amazon.com, iTunes, Audio Lunchbox, MTraks, Napster, Rhapsody, Naxos, and Chandos.]

Psalm performed in Budapest
The Limón Company takes Psalm to the Budapesti Tavaszi Fesztivál.  See the next stops on the tour here.
• 2008 •

SEPTEMBER

NEW Canticum for 4-part treble chorus and piano
Based on Song of Solomon 2:10-13 from the Latin Vulgate Bible, the 5-minute choral work was composed for Nola Nahulu and Hawai'i Youth Opera Chorus' Na Leo Kuho'okahi ensemble for the November premiere at the Hawaii Music Teachers Association annual state convention.  Many thanks to the HMTA and Music Teachers National Association for generous support of this project.

AUGUST

Oxford University Press webpage updated
Visit Jon's OUP page here.

JULY


Albany Records releases "Jon Magnussen: Music for Limón Dances" 
  (click to hear mp3 excerpt)

Albany Records released Jon Magnussen:Music for Limón Dances this month.  Very special thanks to the Institute for Advanced Study, Fowler Merle-Smith Family Charitable Lead Trust, Larry Magnussen, Lois Magnussen, and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording Program of the American Music Center for helping make this recording possible.  The CD is available now at these online retailers: www.albanyrecords.com,  www.arkivmusic.com,www.hbdirect.com, www.target.com
[over the coming weeks, online retailers will grow to include Amazon.com, iTunes, Audio Lunchbox, MTraks, Napster, Rhapsody, Naxos, and Chandos.]

JUNE
Early Attic Music (ASCAP) offers "Christmas Bells"
The 5-minute Christmas Bells, for 3-part treble chorus, treble solo and piano, is based on .
Click here to hear Cornell University Chorus' recording (dir. Scott Tucker).  Click here to inquire about sheet music.
MARCH
Psalm performed in Budapest
The Limón Company takes Psalm to the Budapesti Tavaszi Fesztivál.  See the next stops on the tour here.

• 2007 •

DECEMBER
Dances Ebb, Dances Flow performed for the first time
Dances Ebb, Dances Flowthe 22-minute quartet was performed by Ebb and Flow Ensemble (Robert Pollock, piano; Iggy Jang, violin; Joanna Morrison, 'cello; Scott Anderson, clarinet) at KHPR's Atherton Studio (Honolulu) in cooperation with Hawai'i Public Radio.  Special thanks to the Argosy Foundation for supporting the 2006 commission.
JULY
Kahea performed at the American Dance Festival, North Carolina
Created by choreographer Rachel Berman with kumu hula Patrick Makuakane, the premiere took place at the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina, with Jon's incidental music.
MAY
C.F. Peters to distribute Psalm and The Winged
Oxford University Press assigns Psalm and The Winged (and the rest of all OUP music rental catalogue) to C.F. Peters for distribution.  Please click here for current rental information.

APRIL
Blair McMillen performs NameSongs
Three NameSongs were performed by pianist Blair McMillen, of Da Capo Chamber Players, at Wolfensohn Hall, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ

Jon coaches young Westminster Conservatory performers
Jon coaches young performers from Westminster Conservatory at a workshop performance of his new Seven Shorts, for solo piano, commissioned by James Goldsworthy, director of New Works for Young Pianists Commissioning Project (and Professor at Westminster Choir College at Rider University). Special thanks to James and his wonderful young performers for digging in!

MARCH
Jon to direct Honolulu Symphony education programs
Jon has accepted the position of Director of Education at the Honolulu Symphony, beginning May 1, 2007

New York New Music Ensemble performs Two Dances in NYC
Two Dances from “Dances Ebb, Dances Flow” performed by the New York New Music Ensemble at Merkin Concert Hall, New York City.

FEBRUARY
Psalm recorded for Albany Records release
Psalm was recorded at Queen of the Miraculous Medal Chapel in St. Joseph’s  Seminary, Princeton, by the Westminster Kantorei and Fuma Sacra of Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Andrew Megill, director; Sumner Thompson, baritone; Institute Festival Orchestra; Mark Laycock, conductor. Very special thanks to the following for making this project possible:  Institute for Advanced Study, Fowler Merle-Smith Family Charitable Lead Trust, Larry Magnussen, Lois Magnussen, and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording Program of the American Music Center.

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New York New Music Ensemble performs Two Dances in Houston and Princeton
Two Dances from “Dances Ebb, Dances Flow” performed by the New York New Music Ensemble in Houston (Shepherd School of Music, Rice University) and Princeton (Institute for Advanced Study)

Jon hosts composer Steve Mackey at IAS
Jon hosts composer Steve Mackey and the New York New Music Ensemble at Institute for Advanced Study

JANUARY
Jon delivers Seven Shorts for solo piano
Jon composed Seven Shorts,for solo piano, on commission by James Goldsworthy, Professor at Westminster Choir College at Rider University and director of the New Works for Young Pianists Commissioning Project (with inspired musical ideas from young dedicatees Alex, Ananya, Andres, Claire, Jerry, Renata, and Shiv)




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