GCCO: American Voices

American Voices 

The Gulf Coast Chamber Orchestra presents a concert featuring some of the most powerful compositional voices of America of today and yesteryear. The program includes Peter Boyer’s Silver Fanfare (2004), James Lee III’s Sukkot Through Orion’s Nebula (2011), Gabriela Lena Frank’s Three Latin American Dances (2003), Adolph Hailstork’s Epitaph to a Man Who Dreamed (1979), and William Grant Still’s “Afro-American” Symphony No. 1  (1930).


BOYER Silver Fanfare

LEE III Sukkot Through Orion’s Nebula

FRANK Three Latin-American Dances

HAILSTORK Epitaph (In Memoriam Martin Luther King, Jr.)

STILL Symphony No. 1 (“Afro-American”)

Click here for more information and to listen to the Silver Fanfare

To listen to Sukkot Through Orion’s Nebula, and other music by James Lee III, click here

Click here for more information and to listen to Gabriela Lena Frank’s Three Latin American Dances

For more information about Hailstork’s Epitaph click here

LA Phil program notes about William Grant Still’s Afro-American Symphony


Peter Boyer

Grammy-nominated PETER BOYER is one of the most frequently performed American orchestral composers of his generation. His works have received over 500 public performances by nearly 200 orchestras, and thousands of broadcasts by classical radio stations around the United States and abroad. He has conducted recordings of his music with three of the world’s finest orchestras: the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.


Gabriela Lena Frank

Currently serving as Composer-in-Residence with the storied Philadelphia Orchestra and included in the Washington Post’s list of the 35 most significant women composers in history (August, 2017), identity has always been at the center of composer/pianist Gabriela Lena Frank’s music. Born in Berkeley, California (September, 1972), to a mother of mixed Peruvian/Chinese ancestry and a father of Lithuanian/Jewish descent, Gabriela explores her multicultural heritage through her compositions. Inspired by the works of Bela Bartók and Alberto Ginastera, Gabriela has traveled extensively throughout South America in creative exploration. Her music often reflects not only her own personal experience as a multi-racial Latina, but also refract her studies of Latin American cultures, incorporating poetry, mythology, and native musical styles into a western classical framework that is uniquely her own.


Adolphus Hailstork

Adolphus Hailstork received his doctorate in composition from Michigan State University, where he was a student of H. Owen Reed.  He had previously studied at the Manhattan School of Music, under Vittorio Giannini and David Diamond, at the American Institute at Fontainebleau with Nadia Boulanger, and at Howard University with Mark Fax.  Dr. Hailstork has written numerous works for chorus, solo voice, piano, organ, various chamber ensembles, band, orchestra, and opera.


James Lee III

James Lee III, born 1975 in St. Joseph, Michigan cites as his major composition teachers Michael Daugherty, William Bolcom, Bright Sheng, Betsy Jolas, Susan Botti, Erik Santos and James Aikman. He graduated with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 2005. As a composition fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in the summer of 2002, he added Osvaldo Golijov, Michael Gandolfi, Steven Mackey and Kaija Saariaho to his roster of teachers, and studied conducting with Stefan Asbury.


William Grant Still


Guest Artists

Dr. Andrew M. Kurtz


Dr. Andrew M. Kurtz

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