Toby Twining’s polymetric setting of the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln the Musician, will be recorded in May by the men of the Cornell University Glee Club, under the direction of Robert Isaacs. Commissioned to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, the Cornell University Glee Club performed Lincoln the Musician to enthusiastic audiences as they toured the south, including in Atlanta and New Orleans. Before their last performance of the tour at Penn State, the glee club stopped at the battleground in Gettysburg and sang Lincoln’s words in situ.
The southern division of the American Choral Directors Association will hold its annual conference from March 6th–8th in Jacksonville, FL, where Francisco Nuñez, famed director of The Young People’s Chorus of New York City, is leading a workshop on Toby Twining’s politically satirical piece with extended barbershop harmonies for young singers, WICBM. Recorded live April 19, 2014 at the 92nd Street Y in New York, WICBM was subsequently broadcast and streamed as part of the Radio Radiance series on classical music stations nationally.
Meet the Composer has just announced the awardees for the 2011 COMMISSIONING MUSIC/USA program. This year, MTC awarded $210,000 to 18 soloists and organizations to commission 18 new works. Composers at the leading edge of contemporary classical, electronic, and experimental music will join a world‐class group of soloists and ensembles to present a groundbreaking front of creativity within the greater artistic community.
JACK Quartet has been awarded funds to commission Toby Twining for an experimental quartet in extended harmonic techniques for strings.
COMMISSIONING MUSIC/USA is a landmark commissioning program developed by Meet The Composer in response to a critical need on the part of the music community. COMMISSIONING MUSIC/USA provides national support for the commissioning and multiple performances of new works representing all styles of music. The program provides support for emerging and established composers, promotes wider knowledge and appreciation of contemporary works, and encourages organizations to work together to build the repertoire for new music.