2020 NATS Art Song Composition Award
Second place winner
I am very honored and excited to receive this award from NATS for Between Magic and Possibility. I love writing for voice and feel that musical inspiration comes most naturally to me in response to poetry. I find Norman Finkelstein’s poetry to be especially moving and have tried to express the magical, enigmatic quality of his texts in this song cycle for soprano and flute.
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Her Cowboy Boots by Ellen Ruth Harrison wins 1st prize
'Among the crowd of footwear
standing in her closet,
she chooses the androgynous black cowboy boots.
She was of two minds,
like her stylish yet functional
leather cowboy boots.
A woman and a pair of shoes
A woman and her pair of cowboy boots
are at least two .
She doesn't know which she prefers,
the seeluctress in high-heeled boots,
or the shit-kicking, tough-talking cowgirl
ruling in her cowboy boots,
O Cowboys of the Wild West,
could you have imagined over a hundred years hence
a gentlewoman wearing your boots, prancing around, shopping,
dancing, loving in the boots you rode brokeback saddle in?
When the cowboy boots are put away,
the imprint of their power remains
on her choices.
Mezzo-soprano Ellen Graham has performed with Cincinnati Opera, The May Festival, The Cincinnati Pops, Collegium Cincinnati, Evansville Philharmonic, Queen City Opera, concert:nova and the Vocal Arts Ensemble. Ms. Graham is the Director of Vocal Studies at Xavier University.
Collaborative pianist and vocal coach Matthew Umphreys specializes in opera, chamber music, and musical theater. He works with Cincinnati Opera, concert:nova, RokCincy, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, and the Schmidt Vocal Institute, and is the co-artistic director of Queen City Cabaret, a new jazz cabaret concert series.
Poem by Ellen Austin-Lee
Gregory Oakes is an exciting and energetic clarinetist and a passionate champion of the music of our time. From his Carnegie Hall debut with members of Ensemble Intercontemporain and Pierre Boulez to his performances as a member of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Oakes has been praised by critics for his “outstanding performance” (New York Times) and “jazzy flourishes” (Denver Post). The performance features works by Atkinson, Cuong, Lachenmann, Pierce, Poston, and Harrison.
Saturday, April 6 2019, at 3:00 pm, New Hope Baptist Church in Mansfield, Texas
A/Tonal will perform Echo of One by Ellen Ruth Harrison, plus works by Valerie Coleman, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Erich Stern and Jennifer Bellor
Sunday, November 18, 2018, at 7:00 pm in the 21C Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY
BETWEEN MAGIC AND POSSIBILITY - Jackie Stevens, soprano; Nave Graham, flute
Music by Ellen Ruth Harrison and texts from Track by Norman Finkelstein, Professor of English at Xavier University and this year's recipient of Xavier's prestigious Fortin Award.
Saturday, April 7, 2018, at 7:30 pm in the Bellarmine Chapel at Xavier University
Starting December 31, 2017, Robin Meiksins launched a new year-long project. This one focuses on one piece a week, each written by a living composer. The project functions as a workshop, with the composer giving Robin feedback on the piece throughout the week, and Robin doing the same.
SO THAT NOW - Courtney Sherman, soprano; Eric Hansen, clarinet
6:30 Concert Series UWGB Music, Green Bay, WI
Friday, February 23, 2018, at 6:30 pm Central / 7:30 pm Eastern
for lifestream check UWGB Music Facebook page
ALL ONE CAN IMAGINE - Third Millennium Ensemble 2017 Competition Winner
IAWM ANNUAL CONCERT 2017 - SOLITUDE for solo cello,
LAWRENCE, KS, UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS' SWARTHOUT RECITAL HALL,
SATURDAY, October 28, 7:30 pm
The Kansas Virtuosi: will perform the following works:
Running Amok by Victoria Malawey (USA)
Stay by Jennifer Bellor (USA)
You, As You Were Before You Existed by Jessica Rudman (USA)
Solitude by Ellen Ruth Harrison (USA)
The Lives and Opinions of Literary Cats by Jennifer Jolley (USA)
Up a Half Step by Amelia S. Kaplan (USA)
Conigli by Anne Guzzo (USA)
Meadowlark by Tawnie Olsen (Canada)
Parakeet Dancing by Seunghee Lee (South Korea)
MUSIC IS - WORLD PREMIERE FOR CHOIR, PARK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, STREATOR, IL, TUESDAY, June 13, 7 pm
I am very grateful that Kate Tombaugh asked me to write a piece for the inaugural year of the poco a poco Summer Music Fest in our hometown of Streator, Illinois. Her indomitable spirit and enthusiasm have been an inspiration, as has the wonderful text that she commissioned from Joshua McGuire. It has so many layers and interconnections, and yet it is so direct and powerful. Musical ideas flowed forth from me in response.
NORTHWEST TUBA-EUPHONIUM CONFERENCE, WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Steve Darling will premiere inter mora for solo euphonium
Thursday,March 9, 2017 // 5:00 pm // Werner Recital Hall, CCM
Jackie Stevens (soprano) and Karen Lee (violin) will perform my song cycle, All One Can Imagine, along with works by Kaija Saariaho, Jennifer Higdon, Libby Larsen, and Julia Seeholzer.
BENEFIT CONCERT AT NARLOCH PIANO STUDIO
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 // 8:30 pm //
4636 N Francisco Ave, Chicago IL, 60625, just off of the Francisco Brown line stop
A stylistically diverse program with works by Ellen Ruth Harrison, George Walker, Joan Tower, Caroline Shaw, and Elisabeth Lutyens.
Elizabeth Darling (flute) and Karen Wissel (dance) perform Ellen Ruth Harrison's
La Danse du Baladin on CCM's PRISM XX // Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016 // 4:00 pm //
PRISM XX • CCM Wind Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensembles and Special Guests
Terence Milligan and Angela Holt, music directors and conductors
CCM proudly presents 60 minutes of crowd-pleasing, non-stop excitement by diverse performers throughout Corbett Auditorium. An annual favorite, the PRISM concert is perfect entertainment for the entire family!
Location: Corbett Auditorium
concert:nova // Bon Appetit // July 19, 2016 // 7:30pm
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
3520 Central Parkway, Cincinnati 45223
Bon Appetit is a one-woman chamber opera based on a classic Julia Child broadcast. In this lighthearted, endearing and unforgettable performance, Soprano Ellen Graham and and accompanying musicians joyfully illuminate the energy and character of Julia Child. Both a culinary journey and demonstration on how to make a classic French chocolate cake, you will not want to miss this Regional Premiere!
concert:nova builds on the culinary-opera theme by starting the production off with Bernstein's Bonne Cuisine, Ellen Ruth Harrison's Salad Bar, and other food inspired pieces.
Whether your thing is opera or food, you'll be in love with this one of a kind production!
Zory's Stories // The Other Side of Music Hall
photography opening @ Wash Park Art Gallery // September 2015
CSO Party of Note October @ Wash Park Art Gallery // October 2015
The Photography of Matt Zory, in collaboration with composer Ellen Ruth Harrison.
World Premiere of "The Window" (2015) for double bass
CSO Associate Principal Bass, Matt Zory, is also a camera virtuoso! When the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's Assistant Prinpal Bass is not making music, he is busy capturing soulful and surprising stories from the unnoticed corners of Cincinnati and life.
coleman itzkoff // Solitude // June 2, 2015 // 8:00 pm
Aronoff Center for the Arts
It's solitude, if you like it - loneliness, if you don't [Eric Nelson]