Concerto from the Dead for Tuba and Percussion

Goodman, Todd

$75.00 to $750.00

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Join lead commissioner Aaron Tindall and Potenza Music in commissioning a new concerto for tuba and percussion soloists, "Concerto from the Dead," from internationally award-winning composer Todd Goodman, based on themes from his award-winning opera, Night of the Living Dead.  The work will be scored for tuba and percussion soloists with accompaniment in three versions; orchestra, wind ensemble, and piano. 

Three commissioner levels are available, individual, ensemble, and dual ensemble.  Individual commissioners will receive a signed piano reduction and receive exclusive performance rights until January 1, 2017, for a fee of $75; while ensemble commissioners will additionally receive either the wind ensemble or orchestral accompaniments, along with exclusive performance rights until May 31, 2017, for a fee of $750.  Dual ensemble commissioners will receive both sets of ensemble accompaniments in addition to the piano reduction. The resulting work will be roughly 15 to 20 minutes in duration.  All published scores, including the piano reduction, will include the names of all commissioners.

Todd Goodman has been described as “one of America’s promising young composers.” His works are performed all over the world by a wide variety of players, including principal members of many major symphony orchestras—Chicago, Pittsburgh, Boston, Singapore, Florida, Iceland, and Seattle Symphonies. Goodman currently serves as the resident composer for the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Centerlocated outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Goodman served as resident composer for the Altoona Symphony Orchestra (2002-2006), the McKeesport Symphony Orchestra (2005-2006), and the Beaver Valley Philharmonic (2006-2007). As an advocate of arts education, Goodman also serves on the faculty of the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, where he teaches musicianship and composition to some of Pennsylvania’s finest young musicians. As an educator, he was also recently chosen from 30,000 nominees as a quarter-finalist for the 2014 Grammy Award for Music Education.

Mr. Goodman’s awards and grants are numerous, recently including his opera Night of the Living Dead [2013] (with libretto by Stephen Catanzarite) being selected as the winner of the 2014 American Prize in Theater Composition and as one of the 2013 Center for Contemporary Opera’s New Works Showcase, the 2011 British Trombone Society Composition Award for his Trombone Concerto [2011], the 2012 North American Tuba Repertoire Initiative Commission for his Tuba Concerto [2012] which was also a finalist for the 2012 International Harvey Phillips Award for Excellence in Composition, and third place in the 2011 American Prize for Orchestral Composition for his Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Orchestra [2008]. Mr. Goodman has also received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts for his work with the Altoona Symphony Orchestra, the American Music Center for his Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Orchestra,as well as grants from the University of Colorado Entrepreneurship Center for his work,Symphony No. 1 “Fields of Crimson” [2003]. Mr. Goodman has also won such notable prizes as the International Project Piccolo Rebirth 2007 Prize for his work Echos: prelude and dance [2007] for piccolo and piano, two prestigious Gold Farbe Awards from the University of Colorado film department for his scores to two short films Hypnotic Reverie and Light Autumn by writer/director Ryan McVeigh, and many ASCAPlus Awards.

Todd Goodman has studied composition at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Duquesne University, Kent State University, L'ecole normale de musique in Paris, France with the European American Musical Alliance, and the Aspen Music Festival.  Todd Goodman’s available recordings include the recent release by the Potenza Music Company of two of his works; the piano version of his Tuba Concertoperformed by Grammy-nominated tubist Aaron Tindall and pianist Margaret McDonald, and the University of South Florida Orchestra recording of his Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Orchestrawith soloist Calvin Falwell and conductor William Weidrich.  River of Sorrows, for wind ensemble, is available on the Duquesne University Press CD Winds of Summer with the Duquesne University Wind Ensemble conducted by Robert Cameron. The world premiere of his Symphony No. 1 “Fields of Crimson”recorded by the Altoona Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Nicholas Palmer, was released through Wrong Note Media, Inc. in July 2003, marking the 140th anniversary of the subject of this work, the battle of Gettysburg.

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