Molly Goforth (principal cellist, Baton Rouge Symphony) performed Stark’s Promise for cello and piano on January 8, 2019 at the Runnels School in Baton Rouge, January 17 at McNeese State University and January 18 at University of Louisiana at Lafayette
January 19, 2019: Trombonist Joseph Jefferson led a performance of Stark’s Suite for Two Tenor Trombones and Piano at University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana with trombonist Josh Britton and pianist Yu-Han Kuan.
January 27, 2019: Yutaro Yazawa performed Stark’s Suite No. 2 for Trombone and Piano in his recital at Grusin Music Hall of University of Colorado Boulder.
The Eastern Standard Trio performed Fanfare for Horn, Tuba and Piano, a work they commissioned from Bruce Stark, on February 3 at Nazareth College in New York (world premiere), February 5 at West Chester University, Pennsylvania, February 6 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and February 10 at Hofstra University, New York.
February 16, 2019: Megumi Kanda performed Stark’s Suite No. 2 for Trombone and Piano with pianist Michael Bunchman at the University of Southern Mississippi as part of Trombone Day.
March 23, 2019: Megumi Kanda and Dietrich Hemann (Milwaukee Symphony) and pianist Jeannie Yu performed Stark’s Overture, Adagio and Finale for horn, trombone and piano at Milwaukee Covenant Church.
March 30, 2019: A recital of Bruce Stark’s compositions, arrangements and improvisations was held at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Redmond, Washington. The concert included works for solo piano and violin/cello and piano.
March 30, 2019: Jonathan Warburton gave the world premiere of Stark’s Harbinger, a work for bass trombone and piano that Warburton commissioned, in his recital at Tennessee Tech University.
April 10, 2019: Megumi Kanda performed Suite No. 2 for Trombone and Piano at University of Kentucky.
April 20, 2019: Pianist Anthony De Mare gave the U.S. premiere of Stark’s Urban Nocturnes as part of the BluePrints series of contemporary music in New York City.
May 5, 2019: Cellist Brian Wharton (principal, Auburn Symphony) and pianist Julie Swienty performed Stark’s Romance as part of their recital at Green River College in Auburn, Washington.
June 16, 2019: Megumi Kanda performed Suite No. 2 for Trombone and Piano at Interlochen Arts Academy.
June 20, 2019: Bruce Stark is the Commissioned Composer of the Year for the Washington State Music Teachers Association, and pianist Jeffrey Gilliam performed the world premiere of his Sonata for Piano at the WSMTA 2019 Conference at University of Puget Sound.
June 20, 2019: Bruce Stark gave a lecture-recital about his music as part of the WSMTA 2019 Conference at University of Puget Sound. Guest performers included Julie Swienty (piano), Jared Ballance (cello) and Jeffrey Gilliam (piano)
July 12, 2019: Trombonist Don Lucas and pianist Lori Rhoden performed Stark’s Suite No. 2 for Trombone and Piano, a work Mr. Lucas commissioned, at the MasterWorks Festival in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
July 17, 2019: Don Lucas gave the Mexican premiere of Stark’s Suite No. 2 for Trombone and Piano at the 2019 Mexican National Trombone Festival at Hacienda Ranchero in Oaxaca, Mexico.
September 21, 2019: The Lansing Symphony under Timothy Muffitt included Bruce Stark’s Symphonic Dances at its opening concert of its 90th season at Wharton Center for Performing Arts in Lansing, Michigan.
Bruce Stark is the winner of the 2019-2020 South Texas Brass Symposium Composition Competition, and on November 15, 2019 his Adagio and Allegro will be performed by Karl Kemp (horn), Donald Pinson (trombone) and Shao-Shan Chen (piano) in Wolfe Recital Hall at Del Mar College, Texas.
November 17, 2019:
Pianist Anthony De Mare will perform Bruce Stark’s Urban Nocturnes at the American Pianists Association in Indianapolis as part of his program entitled “The American Innovator”.
February 7, 2020: Anthony Spain will conduct the Northwest Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Stark’s Symphonic Dances in their concert at Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien, Washington.
April 26, 2020: David Hattner will conduct the Portland Youth Philharmonic in the world premiere of Bruce Stark’s Variations for Piano and Strings with piano soloist Natalie Tan at the Oregon Coast Youth Orchestra Festival in Newport, Oregon.
July 2020: Megumi Kanda will give the world premiere of Bruce Stark’s Sketches of Japan (2019) at the International Trombone Festival in Osaka, Japan. Ms. Kanda commissioned the piece for the occasion.
July 8, 2020: Megumi Kanda will include Stark’s Sketches of Japan in her Tokyo recital.
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