Lee Actor (b. 1952) (USA)
Prelude to a Tragedy (2003)
Dir : Kirk Trevor
With the authorization of the American composer Lee Actor.
On collectionCB2 we can also listen to Lee Actor's « Symphony No.1 » (2003).
Composer and conductor Lee Actor, born in 1952 in Denver, Colorado, has won a number of awards for his compositions, most recently for « Concerto for Violin and Orchestra », which was a finalist in the 2012 American Prize for Orchestral Composition. « Dance Rhapsody » won second place in the 2011 American Prize for Orchestral Composition « Redwood Fanfare », was a winner of the 2009 Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra Fanfare Competition, « Concerto for Horn and Orchestra » was the First Prize Winner in the 2007 International Horn Society Composition Contest, « Variations and Fugue for Orchestra » was a finalist in both the Columbia Orchestra's 2007 American Composer Competition and the Holyoke Civic Symphony's 2005 Composition Competition, and « Prelude to a Tragedy » was selected as a finalist in the Columbia Orchestra's 2005 American Composer Competition. Conductor/composer Robert Ian Winstin has written, « Lee Actor's Prelude to a Tragedy is one of the best written new works I've had the privilege to conduct or record. It is clear, precise and very tightly written. It has a style that is completely original ... an incredible orchestral tour de force as written by an immensely talented composer. »
A former violinist with the Albany (N.Y.) Symphony Orchestra, Actor has advanced degrees in both engineering, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and music composition, from San Jose State University. He has studied composition with Donald Sur, Brent Heisinger, Charles Jones, and Andrew Imbrie, and conducting with Angelo Frascarelli, David Epstein and Higo Harada. Actor was named Composer-in-Residence of the Palo Alto Philharmonic in 2002, following his appointment as Assistant Conductor in 2001, and was Assistant Conductor of the Nova Vista Symphony from 2008 to 2010. He is a member of the American Music Centre, the Americans Composers Forum, and ASCAP, who recently named Actor the recipient of an ASCAPlus award for the 10th consecutive year. He has received awards and grants from ASCAP, the American Music Center, the International Horn Society, the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra, and The American Prize in Composition.
Actor has received commissions from the Palo Alto Philharmonic, the Redwood Symphony, the Mission Chamber Orchestra, the Silicon Valley Symphony, the Saratoga Symphony, the University of South Dakota, the Skaneateles Festival, and the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra. His works have been performed by more than 50 orchestras and bands in the U.S. and around the world.
Majors Works :
- « Variations and Fugue for Orchestra » (2002)
- « Redwood Fanfare » (2002)
- « Symphony No. 1 » (2003)
- « Prelude to a Tragedy » (2003)
- « Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra » (2006)
- « Concerto for Violin and Orchestra » (2006)
- « Symphony No. 2 » (2007)
- « Concerto for Horn and Orchestra » (2007)
- « Opening Remarks » for Orchestra (2009)
- « Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra » (2010)
- « Dance Rhapsody » for Orchestra (2010)
- « Divertimento for Small Orchestra » (2011)
- « Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 » (2012)
- « Symphony No. 3 » (2013)
- « Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 » (2015)
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