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Kenneth Fuchs Appointed Composer-in-Residence with Adrian Symphony Orchestra

May 22, 2009

The Adrian Symphony Orchestra in Michigan has appointed Kenneth Fuchs as Composer in Residence through the 2009–10 season. In collaboration with music director John Thomas Dodson, the residency includes world premiere performances of five works. The orchestra presented the premieres of Discover the Wild (overture for orchestra) and American Rhapsody (romance for violin and orchestra) with violinist Janet Sung on April 26, 2009. The ASO will present the premiere of Concerto Grosso (for string quartet and string orchestra) on May 29–30, 2009.

Next season includes the premiere performances of Atlantic Riband (for orchestra) on October 24, 2009 and Divinum Mysterium (concerto for viola and orchestra) on April 10, 2010.  The viola concerto was composed especially for London Symphony Orchestra principal Paul Silverthorne, who will perform the premiere in Adrian.

All of these works are published by Edward B. Marks Music and they will be recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra in August 2011. Naxos will release the disc in 2012.

Complete information about the music of Kenneth Fuchs is available at

FUCHS An American Place, Eventide, Out of the Dark

Director of the School of Music at the University of Oklahoma from 1998 to June 2005, Kenneth Fuchs has written for orchestra, band, chorus, jazz ensemble, and various chamber ensembles. An American Place, is written on a grand scale ‘intended to suggest the rich body of music created by the American symphonists who have come before me and from whom I continue to take inspiration’. The English Horn Concerto Eventide takes its creative impulse from the spiritual tunes ‘Mary Had a Baby’ and ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’, among others. Out of the Dark, inspired by three large paintings by the contemporary American artist Helen Frankenthaler, is the composer’s first work to convey through musical sound and form the relationships between music and the arts of painting, collage, and poetry.

FUCHS Canticle to the Sun, United Artists

Kenneth Fuchs has written for orchestra, band, chorus, jazz ensemble, and various chamber groups. His first recording for Naxos (8.559224) also featured the London Symphony Orchestra under JoAnn Falletta, as well as the orchestra’s principal horn player, Timothy Jones. This meeting inspired Fuchs to write the concerto Canticle to the Sun for Jones and United Artists as a tribute to the orchestra. Two of the works on this recording were inspired by paintings: Autumn Rhythm by Jackson Pollock’s famous picture of the same name, and Fire, Ice, and Summer Bronze by Helen Frankenthaler, whose art adorns the cover of this disc.

Kenneth Fuchs Biography & Discography


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