Yaddo 2007 Group


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For more information Contact Blankenship & Robertson Management : robertson.nolan@gmail.com or to contact the composer: lschwendinge@wisc.edu

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Recording Session with the Lincoln Trio at WFMT in Chicago of Laura Schwendinger's Arc of Fire, A Chamber America Commission on October 27, 2014

Premiered on Relevant Tones WFMT, Laura's work will be highlighted on the Composer's Amongst Us, on WFMT Saturday Dec. 27, 2014




And 3 NEW YORK TIMES Listings, reviews listings in the last two weeks!!!


Laura Schwendinger is named a 2014 recipient of

The American Orchestra League’s/ Music Alive residency with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra

The league’s Music Alive: New Partnerships program, which it administers with New Music USA, is a matchmaking program of sorts. Now in its 14th year, it brings together composers and orchestras (12 each, this year) that have never worked together. Unlike many such programs, this one is not meant to expand the repertory through commissions. Instead, the program provides $7,500 grants, underwritten by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to cover weeklong residencies during which each participating orchestra will perform a work from the resident composer’s catalog.

The composers (and orchestras) receiving this year’s grants are Clarice Assad (Boston Landmarks Orchestra); Douglas J. Cuomo (Grant Park Orchestra, of Chicago); Annie Gosfield (Chautauqua Symphony); Takuma Itoh (Tucson Symphony Orchestra); Jing Jing Luo (Princeton Symphony Orchestra); Missy Mazzoli (Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra); Rick Robinson (River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, of Houston); Carl Schimmel (Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra); Laura Schwendinger (Richmond Symphony Orchestra); Derrick Spiva (Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra), Sumi Tonooka (South Dakota Symphony Orchestra) and Dan Visconti (Arkansas Symphony Orchestra).







THE NEW YORK TIMES, Sunday Arts Page, OCTOBER 5, 2014
Something New for Amateur Night; Nonprofessional Musicians Like Contemporary Challenges

BENNINGTON, Vt. — On a cool, rainy summer afternoon, the Jennings Music Building of Bennington College was abuzz with the sound of dozens of chamber groups. It was the final session of the four-week amateur Chamber Music Conference held annually here, and familiar snippets of Beethoven, Brahms and Haydn filtered out of every available room and mixed into a cheerful cacophony.
Nearby, the Deane Carriage Barn was filled with a jazzy, mischievous-sounding tangle of syncopated notes and jagged tumbling cascades. A quintet of clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano was in the midst of rehearsing a work that was as yet unfamiliar to anyone — except its composer, Laura Elise Schwendinger. Facing the musicians with the score open on her lap, she interrupted them frequently to advise and correct. During a break, the violinist David Knapp said: “Usually you play music by composers who are dead, so you’re always guessing at what they want. It’s nice to be able to interact directly.” As for the unfamiliar musical language, the clarinetist Jeannine Webber said, “You take it apart, and you learn to embrace the dissonance rather than strain against it.” The remark earned her an emphatic hug from the composer



Classical Playlist: Puccini, Messiaen, Schubert and More

‘HIGH WIRE ACTS: CHAMBER MUSIC BY LAURA ELISE SCHWENDINGER’ Brightmusic; Chicago Chamber Musicians; Duo 46; Christina Jennings, flutist; Greg Sauer, cellist; Katie Wolfe, violinist (Centaur) The chamber works grouped together on this captivating disc show off Laura Elise Schwendinger’s acute ear for unusual textures. In these works, scored for solo violin; nonet; violin and guitar; or a quintet of flute, piano and strings, she sketches musical short stories of somnambulant fragility and purpose. The color palette she draws from these modest forces is varied and expressive — and brilliantly rendered by a fine roster of performers. (Fonseca-Wollheim)



September 2014

Laura Schwendinger and the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston receive a Koussevitzky Commission from the Library of Congress



Albany CD: 3 WORKS for solo instruments and orchestra

featuring Matt Haimovitz, Curtis Macomber and Christina Jennings

At Albany: http://www.albanyrecords.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=AR&Product_Code=TROY1390&Category_Code=a-NR

at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Laura-Schwendinger-Works-Instruments-Orchestra/dp/B00A0OHWO8

Fanfare "You know you have talent to burn..." .http://www.fanfaremag.com/content/view/51018/



Centaur CD: High Wire Acts to be released by Centaur August 1, 2013

featuring Christina Jennings and BrightMusic, The Chicago Chamber Musicians, Duo 46, and violinist Katie Wolfe



Fanfare Sept./Oct. reviews includes Colin Clarke's

"Punchy, imaginative, subtle, stirring, evocative—all these terms apply...The first, also called “High Wire Act,” is remarkably effective given the
careful depictions given by the composer about what the music actually represents—not only the artists themselves but also (in the high string harmonics)
the sounds of the trapeze appitself. The performance itself is acrobatic beautifully managed. It stands on its own perfectly without a priori knowledge of the
program. The frozen second movement (“The Rope Walker”), finds stasis perhaps representing the hesitancy of the walker. The writing for the
instruments is expert. The third movement, “The Aerialist,” is a love song for flute and viola, here played by a real-life husband and wife (the two,
love song and marriage, aren’t exclusive in America yet, are they?). A shimmering trapped bird features next, fighting for its freedom:
wonderfully written, wonderfully played. The very brief finale uses rhythmic unison used to good effect.

Lasting a full 15 minutes, the Sonata for Solo Violin (1992) is a work of some substance.Schwendinger sets out her expressive credentials in the opening Lullaby,
beautifully played by a close-miked Katie Wolfe. The central Arioso takes the lyricism and effectivelyinteriorizes it still further. All credit to Katie
Wolfe’s bow control and sensitive phrasing here, not to mention her perfectly judged stoppings. Her playing is simply mesmeric."



Recent works and premieres (see Recent Concerts and Works pages for more)

April 12, 2013    Sinfonietta for The New Juilliard Ensemble

Fall 2012         Choral work Llorona, premiere with The UW Madison, Beverly Taylor Director

Sept. 16, 21, 22, 2012    Footfalls, a companion piece to the Beckett play (see NY Times) 



Cygnus Ensemble's Sounding Beckett Project

Sept. 16, 21, 22, 2012    Footfalls, a companion piece to the Beckett play  

for Cygnus Ensemble's Sounding Beckett Project at Classic Stage Company

tickets and more information at http://offbroadway.broadwayworld.com/article/CSC-to-Present-SOUNDING-BECKETT-914-23-20120723

SOUNDING BECKETT - a singular evening of theater and music that pairs three plays by Samuel Beckett from his "ghost period" with new works by contemporary composers written expressly in response to those plays - will be presented September 14-23 at the Classic Stage Company (136 E. 13 St.) in Manhattan. This world-premiere production is directed by the award-winning theatre director Joy Zinoman, Founding Artistic Director of The Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C. along with the voice of the Tony-nominated and Drama Desk and two-time Obie Award-winning actress Kathleen Chalfant.

Read more: http://offbroadway.broadwayworld.com/article/CSC-to-Present-SOUNDING-BECKETT-914-23-20120723#ixzz21auK1YSo



featuring C’e la Luna Questa Sera?(5:48), as well as works by Auerbach, Garrop, Higdon, Thomas and Tower

Cedille’s Notable Women CD release with the Lincoln Trio, featuring works by Tower, Thomas, Garrop, Higdon, Auerbach and Schwendinger

reviewed in Gramophone

Judith Sherman, was just nominated for a Grammy for Classical Producer of the year for her work on Notable Women:



Review in Chicago Sun-Times

"Schwendinger finds moonlight serene, ethereal and otherworldly. She charges the violin with creating the light, the piano with evoking the rippling waters of Lake Como and the cello suggesting the water’s depth".

To see more reviews of this and other works



Links to purchase:

Albany CD Three Works for Solo Instruments and Orchestra: http://www.albanyrecords.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=AR&Product_Code=TROY1390&Category_Code=a-NR

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Laura-Schwendinger-Works-Instruments-Orchestra/dp/B00A0OHWO8, Reviewed in Fanfare "You know you have talent to burn..." http://www.fanfaremag.com/content/view/51018/


Centaur CD: High Wire Acts

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/High-Wire-Laura-Elise-Schwendinger/dp/B00CU6ASYK

Centaur: http://centaurrecords.com/store/albums/contemporary/high-wire-acts.html


Presto Classical




Shadings for the American Composers Orchestra, UNSAFE Series; in collaboration with lighting artist Leni Schwendinger.   

Aaron Copland Fund for Music 2010 Recording Program, Grant Awarded to Albany Records for Tthree Concertos by Laura Schwendinger; $10,000

New Juiliard Ensemble to play Song for Andrew at MOMA, New York on July 25, 2010

New York Times review (4/6/10) of the Cygnus Ensemble performance of her Garden of Earthly Delights

Laura recieves a Goddard Lieberson Fellowship award from the American Academy of Arts ad Letters, March 2009

Jenny Lin performing Laura's piano music, reviewed in NY Times, March 20, 2009

Laura's presents her music with Sheila Silver, as part of Ilinois State University's New Music Festival, March 26, 2009

Laura was profiled in the ISTHMUS, Composer at Work, UW's Laura Schwendinger Strikes a Chord, November 2008

The Schwendinger Sound; In a second page, her works are discussed further with links to sound files

Cow Music, released on Kofomi#13 - Stimmen Atmen  from Ein Klang records, Austria

2009 Guggenheim   

UW press release      

Pocket Concerto review in NY Time    

Miller Theater listing   

Copland House Awards 2008  

Poetry Magazine piece: A Sort of Music        

University of Wisconsin Romnes Faculty Award

UW CME at University of Iowa


To see upcoming performances (click here)