2016-17 Choral Chameleon Composer-in-Residence

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Choral Chameleon, 2015 Winner of the Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, has selected Rex Isenberg as their 2016-17 Composer-In-Residence, commissioning him to write three new works to be performed in the upcoming season. The works will include a piece based on Yiddish folklore, a concerto for jazz piano and chorus, and a work for choir and loop pedals.

New recording of Das Stunden-Buch on sTem's debut album

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sTem, a trio comprised of clarinettist Eric Umble, pianist Silvie Cheng, and soprano Meagan Brus, just released their first studio album, Lieder/Canciones, with a new recording of Rex Isenberg's Das Stunden-Buch. The Pennsylvania Release party will take place on October 2 in Lancaster, PA.

Ravta et rivam at the Wenkheim Synagogue

 

The old Wenkheim synagogue, dating back to the 17th century, has been inactive since the Nazis expelled the Jews from the small village of Wenkheim, Germany in the 1930s. For the last several years, the building has hosted an annual summer choral festival for members of the community, where Rex Isenberg's Ravta et rivam has been sung every year since 2014. On April 10, the piece was performed at the dedication of a new synagogue museum in Wenkheim, Germany.

Cecilia Chorus of New York performs Messiahs: False and True

 

Led by Mark Shapiro, Cecilia Chorus of New York performed Rex Isenberg's Messiahs: False and True in a sold-out concert at New York City's Church of the Holy Trinity on March 6, 2016. The 45-minute oratorio, narrated by two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Spinella, explores society's relationship with its leaders using excerpts from interviews, speeches, and writings from or about messianic figures throughout history to tell its story.

Doctoral Recital at Manhattan School of Music

 

On September 7, Manhattan School of Music's Miller Hall hosted Rex Isenberg's Doctoral Recital, his final concert as a student at the Manhattan School. The recital featured sTem, flautist Isabel Lepanto Gleicher, pianist Robert Fleitz, Washington Square Winds, and the composer himself performing music written during his doctoral studies.