Bruce Stark was chosen as the 2019 Commissioned Composer of the Year by the Washington State Music Teachers Association. Stark has been commissioned to compose a new work that will be premiered at the WSMTA Conference in the summer of 2019.
News Highlights 2019
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 22, 2019: Megumi Kanda and Dietrich Hemann (trombone and horn in Milwaukee Symphony) will perform 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 will be held at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Redmond, Washington. The concert will include compositions for piano, violin and piano, arrangements and piano improvisations by the composer.
April 10, 2019: Megumi Kanda will perform Suite No. 2 for Trombone and Piano at University of Kentucky.
April 20, 2019: Pianist Anthony De Mare will give the U.S. premiere of Stark’s Urban Nocturnes as part of the BluePrints series of contemporary music in New York City.
June 16, 2019: Megumi Kanda will perform Suite No. 2 for Trombone and Piano at Interlochen Arts Academy.
June 20, 2019: Pianist Jeffrey Gilliam will perform the world premiere of Stark’s Sonata for Piano at the Washington State Music Teachers Association 2019 Conference at University of Puget Sound.
June 20, 2019: Bruce Stark will give a lecture-recital about his music as part of the WSMTA 2019 Conference at University of Puget Sound. Guest performers include Julie Swienty (piano), Brian Wharton (cello) and Jeffrey Gilliam (piano)
July 5, 2019: Don Lucas will lead a performance of Stark’s Suite No. 2 for Trombone and Piano, a work he commissioned, at the Masterworks Festival in Spartanburg, South Carolina.