CALENDAR
 
February 2013 Reissue of Symphony No.1 by Albany Records
 

March 2013 Reissue of Frankie and Johnny by Albany Records
 

March 7, 2013 WORT 89.9 FM, Madison WI
Moross Symphony No. 1
bpo.org

March 21,
2013
Moross Film Music to be featured at the Pamploma [Spain] Film Festival
Read more (Spanish)>>

May 11-16, 2013 The Last Judgement duo piano orchestration
Compulsory performances
12th Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition
Semifinals and Grand Final
University of Miami
Gusman Hall
Coral Gables, Florida
For more information go to dranoff2piano.org

June 5, 2013 Robert Black: Modern American Bass @ Kilbourn Hall
Performs the Moross Bass Sonatina
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

October 15, 2013 Save the date at 6 PM
An evening with Susanna Moross Tarjan and Ron Ramin, hosted by David Garland.
A reflection and reminiscence of the lives and influence of two American artists, through the eyes of their children.

Columbia University
Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Butler Library Room 523

Reception and viewing of the exhibition "Celebrating Composers"
For more information, e-mail Jennifer B. Lee at jbl100@columbia.edu

March 5-9 2014 A Centennial Commemoration of Jerome Moross
 
Society for American Music
40th Annual Conference

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Conference Host: Elizabethtown College
Conference Hotel: Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square

SESSION 9: A CENTENNIAL COMMEMORATION OF JEROME MOROSS (1913-1983)
Date and Time: Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Chair: WAYNE SHIRLEY,
Library of Congress (retired)

"An Overview of the Composer's Orchestral Works"
CHARLES TURNER,
University of Hartford, emeritus

"Moross's Collaborations with John Latouche (1914-1956)"
HOWARD POLLACK,
University of Houston

"Moross's Compositions for Film"
MARIANA WHITMER, University of Pittsburgh

"The Distinctive Harmonic Idiom of Moross's Film Scores and Orchestral Works"
FRANK LEHMAN. Harvard University

"An Interview with Susanna Moross Tarjan"
JON BURLINGAME,
University of Southern California

To find out more about Society of American Music, visit:
http://american-music.org/

April 26, 27, 2014 Buffalo Philharmonic
JoAnn Falletta, Conductor
Moross Symphony No. 1
Streaming at wortfm.org

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NEWS & NOTEWORTHY
 
March 8, 2014
"Shadows in the Night" Becomes Worldwide Hit
Jerome Moross/Carolyn Leigh Song “Stay With Me” is featured

Bob Dylan’s new album, Shadows In The Night, has debuted in the Top Ten in 13 countries spanning the globe, including #1 chart entries in the United Kingdom, Sweden and Ireland, #2 in the Netherlands and Switzerland, #3 in Austria, Japan and Spain, #6 in
Germany and Belgium,#8 in Finland and #10 in Canada. The album has also debuted at #7 in the United States, making it the artist’s 17th studio album to debut in the Top 10 in this country.

Among the songs on the album is “Stay With Me,” composed by Jerome Moross with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh. The song is included as an homage to Frank Sinatra who originally recorded it with Leigh’s lyrics. The music composed by Moross was the theme to the 1963 movie “The Cardinal” directed by Otto Preminger and starring Tom Tryon and Romy Schneider. Moross also composed the complete soundtrack.

Showcasing Bob Dylan’s singular interpretive artistry on ten classic American songs, Shadows In The Night is the 36th studio album from Dylan and the first since the release of his worldwide hit Tempest in 2012. Produced by Jack Frost, Dylan’s unique approach to recording the songs included refining complicated arrangements for 30-piece orchestras down to those uniquely tailored for his five-piece band.

The high worldwide chart entries of Shadows In The Night comes on the heels of Dylan’s honor as Musicares Person Of The Year at a sold-out ceremony in Los Angeles on February 6. The event raised more than $7 million for Musicares, the most in the 25-year history of the event. Following performances of Bob Dylan songs by a who’s who of contemporary musicians—including Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Norah Jones, Jack White, Willie Nelson, Beck, Bonnie Raitt and many others—Dylan held the audience rapt with a wide-ranging, nearly 40-minute speech that has now been excerpted in countless media outlets around the world. The complete transcript of Dylan’s speech, taken directly from the artist’s handwritten notes, has been reproduced in its entirety in the New York Times.
Read More>>>

Hear Bob Dylan Sing “Stay With Me” by Jerome Moross and Carolyn Leigh

The first full-length recording of THE GOLDEN APPLE coming in May
PS Classics, the label dedicated to the heritage of Broadway and American popular song, will release the first full-length recording of Jerome Moross & John Latouche’s classic 1954 musical THE GOLDEN APPLE, the first off-Broadway musical to win the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical
This new two-disc set will, for the first time, preserve the score in its entirety, including nearly 90 minutes of previously unrecorded song. Until now, this 135-minute through-sung musical was preserved only in a 50-minute original cast LP. The album will be produced by PS Classics co-founder Tommy Krasker. Moross’s daughter, Susanna Moross Tarjan, serves as Executive Producer. The album will be released on May 19, 2015, and is already available for pre-order at the PS Classics website, www.psclassics.com

The new recording stems from a fully-staged production mounted by Lyric Stage (Steven Jones, Founding Producer) that premiered in Irving, TX, in October of 2014, featuring an orchestra of 38 and a 43-member cast. The cast is headed by Christopher J. Deaton as Ulysses, Kristen Lassiter as Penelope, Danielle Estes as Helen, Deborah Brown as Mother Hare and Andy Baldwin as Menelaus. The production was directed by Stefan Novinski and choreographed by John de los Santos, with music direction by conductor Jay Dias.

According to Krasker, “Back in 1994, when I was working as a free-lance producer, I made the rounds of all the labels in town, trying to get them to undertake a studio cast recording of THE GOLDEN APPLE, so it’s something Susanna Tarjan and I have been talking about for over two decades. When Susanna alerted us last fall about the Lyric Stage production, and when we heard how magnificent it was, with that giant cast and orchestra, we committed to a recording. We recorded the last four performances, and have spent the winter editing and mixing; I’m thrilled with how it’s going, and thrilled that folks will finally get to hear THE GOLDEN APPLE in its entirety, in all its glory.”

When it premiered in 1954, composer Jerome Moross and librettist John Latouche’s THE GOLDEN APPLE was hailed as “the most original musical since Oklahoma” (The Washington Post), “the best thing that has happened in and to the theatre in a very long time” (New York Daily News), and “a magnificent achievement. A sensational success. The most imaginative work of its kind” (New York Daily Mirror). Its blend of American folklore and Greek myth, popular entertainment and high art, and musical comedy and operatic drama “stood Manhattan on its ear,” winning the New York Drama Critics’ Circle prize for Best Musical. It opened Off-Broadway at The Phoenix Theatre on March 11, 1954, before transferring to Broadway on April 20, 1954.

An eight-time Grammy nominee (for its cast albums of Assassins, Nine: The Musical, Grey Gardens, Company, A Little Night Music, Sondheim on Sondheim, Follies and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess), PS Classics' catalog includes award-winning cast recordings; solo albums by such artists as Victoria Clark, Maureen McGovern, Kate Baldwin, Steven Pasquale and Liz Callaway; and restorations of long-lost musicals, including Sweet Bye and Bye, Kitty's Kisses and Sweet Little Devil. Recent releases include the Original Cast Recording of Fun Home, Philip Chaffin’s Somethin’ Real Special (The Songs of Dorothy Fields), Judy Kuhn's All This Happiness, the 2013 New York Cast Recording of Passion and the Original Broadway Cast Recordings of Violet and Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill. Its second release, back in 2001, was an acclaimed album of Jerome Moross songs entitled Windflowers: The Songs of Jerome Moross. For more information, visit www.PSClassics.com

This new two-disc set will, for the first time, preserve the score in its entirety, including nearly 90 minutes of previously unrecorded song. Until now, this 135-minute through-sung musical was preserved only in a 50-minute original cast LP. The album will be produced by PS Classics co-founder Tommy Krasker. Moross’s daughter, Susanna Moross Tarjan, serves as Executive Producer. The album will be released on May 19, 2015, and is already available for pre-order at the PS Classics website, www.PSClassics.com

March 25, 2014
Picture Perfect

This week, WWFM, The Classical Network, on "Picture Perfect" hosted by Ross Amico, will focus on Jerome Moross’s western scores, including The Big Country,The Proud Rebel, The Jayhawkers and The Valley of Gwangi. The show will air this Friday evening, March 28, 2014 at 6. You can catch the streaming here: wwfm.org
If you miss it, the show will be archived as a webcast for the next few months here: wwfm.org/webcasts_picture_perfect.shtml


March 24, 2014
“THE BIG COUNTRY AND BEYOND” Online

Many thanks to the WFMT Radio Network for permission to archive the Moross 2-hour documentary produced by Jon Tolansky in the Moross.com Media section. To listen to the Jerome Moross: The Big Country and Beyond!”Click here>>>


March 8, 2014
Society of American Music Conference, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

40th Annual Conference: Session 9a:
A Centennial Commemoration of Jerome Moross Moderator: Wayne Shirley, Library of Congress (retired)
Panelists: CHARLES TURNER, University of Hartford (emeritus); MARIANA WHITMER, University of Pittsburgh; FRANK LEHMAN, Tufts University;
HOWARD POLLACK, University of Houston; ANDREW GRANADE, University of Missouri, Kansas City; SUSANNA MOROSS TARJAN, Jerome Moross's daughter To watch videos of the complete presentations, Click here>>>

Lyric Stage announces 2014-2015 season at Irving Arts Center
From Nancy Churnin-Lyric Stage founding director Steven Jones announced a mix of classics along with a couple of rarely seen musicals for the company’s 2014-2015 season,
from the stage at the world premiere of Blue Roses at Irving Arts Center Saturday night. The Golden Apple, a rarely produced 1954 musical adaptation of parts of the Iliad and Odyssey, with music by Jerome Moross and lyrics by John Treville Latouche is on the menu. For more information, Click here.>>>

December 29, 2013
SOUND JEWISH

Tune in to Mississippi Public Broadcasting Music Radio for Andy Muchin’s Sunday, Dec. 29 program Sounds Jewish. He has a prepared a segment featuring an interview with Susanna Moross Tarjan about her father and his work during this
centennial year of his birth. It's a 15-minute segment that features samples of his most important music, Susanna’s commentary about the music and reminiscences about him. It begins 30 minutes into the show.
"Sounds Jewish" is broadcast on Mississippi Public Broadcasting Music Radio on Sundays @ 3 pm CDT and on Radio-J.com Sundays @ 2 & 8 p.m. EDT. Archived programs are available at www.mpbonline.org/soundsjewish. Other stations around the country run the show from time to time.

December 8, 2013
TFROM THE BOOK SHELF: THE GOLDEN APPLE

On the printed music front, here's something extra special. At last month's Columbia University celebration of the Centennial of composer Jerome Moross, I discovered that Alfred Music published a complete vocal score of The Golden Apple several years back. I quickly got myself a copy and have spent the last week at the keyboard
in Olympian splendor. (Mt. Olympus in Washington State, that is.) The Golden Apple, in case it has passed you by, is a one-of-a-kind musical comedy by Moross (1913-83) and John Latouche (1914-56), resetting the Odyssey in Washington circa 1900; Odysseus and his men are just home from the Spanish-American War. ("Oh Theodore/Oh Theodore/the Roosevelt that we adore" sing the soldiers, in six-part harmony.)
The show opened at the Phoenix Theatre in 1954, transferred up to the Alvin, and easily picked up that season's New York Drama Critics Circle Award. The score is inventive beyond bounds; it is regularly overlooked, in part because of an original cast album which captured much of the show but presented it in truncated fashion laced with narration. (The one standard to emerge was the languid "Lazy Afternoon.") I feel optimistic, though, that The Golden Apple will resurface in full glory over the next several years. As for the vocal score, it is much appreciated. For many years, the music was available only in an unwieldy, handwritten rental score that was in places indecipherable. The new edition, edited and carefully corrected by Larry Moore, is clear, clean and playable, all 538 pages of it. (The original Porgy and Bess vocal score runs 559.) Click here>>>

LIBRARY LISTENING
Our friend, Bob Stern, Arts & Entertainment Editor, Educational Press advises us that several Jerome Moross works were produced, recorded and made available for several decades on the label, Premier Recordings. They are the song Windflowers from The Golden Apple as beautifully performed by Broadway star Judy Kaye as part of Where, Oh Where: Rare Songs Of The American Theater (PRCD 1001) as well as songs from the Moross musicals Parade and Underworld sung by a full cast and coupled with songs from 3 musicals by Morton Gould on Broadway Dreams (PRCD 1016). Although currently out-of-print, Stern still holds the rights to these recordings and the label's masters (more than 60 original recordings) are for sale as an entity. For those just interested in listening, copies of these recordings and the entire Premier catalog are held at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC and the Lincoln Center branch of the New York Public Library.

MOROSS ON THE AIR
As we begin the season of the Jerome Moross Centennial on August 1, we want to let you know where you can find programs about Jerome Moross on TV and radio. Visit our Moross On The Air page to locate stations broadcasting his music, feature films, and special documentaries. Check back often for updates.
Click here>>>
August 2, 2013
MARTIN BASHIR OF MSNBC PAYS TRIBUTE TO JEROME MOROSS

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NOTABLE BLOGS AND PODCASTS
Jon Burlingame, The Film Music Society, Jerome Moross Centennial: Innovative composer for film, theater, concert hall remembered Click here>>>
Lynne Warfel, Minnesota Public Radio, Flicks in Five: Jerome Moross Click here>>>
Boyce Lancaster, WOSU, (Re)discovering Jerome Moross Click here>>>
Jennifer Lee, Columbia University's Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Jerome Moross Centennial Celebration Click here>>>
Fishko Files, Jerome Moross the hundredth birth-anniversary of composer Jerome Moross, kicks off a whole year of special programs, performances and appreciations around the country devoted to his life and music. WNYC’s Sara Fishko adds her voice – in this edition of Fishko Files. Click here>>>

August 3, 2013
THE JEROME MOROSS CENTENARY

Moross was a natural for film score composing, and after some success
the Radio presents an overview of Moross’ joyful and dramatic music for films such as The Big Country, The Proud Rebel, The War Lord, Rachel Rachel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and The Cardinal, as well as some of his music for the Broadway show The Golden Apple
Read more>>>

July 3, 2013
The Innovative Mosaic of American Symphonies

by Joann Falletta
Listen to the NPR interview with Robert Siegel talking to this leading American music director and conductor. Also, read her essay about searching for the great Amercan Symphony.
Read more>>>


Fall, 2013
MICHAEL FEINSTEIN TO HOST MOROSS RADIO DOCUMENTARY

WFMT Radio Network based in Chicago is in final production of a 2-hour radio documentary, JEROME MOROSS: The Big Country and Beyond. WFMT initiated the project in honor of the Moross Centennial. Produced by British radio
documentarian Jon Tolansky and narrated by Grammy award-winning artist and champion of American music, Michael Feinstein, the program features some of Moross’s most memorable music with interviews and commentary from many whose lives and careers were touched by the composer, including the legendary Kaye Ballard, conductor JoAnn Falletta, British singer Claire Martin, and many more Read more>>>

June 5, 2013 Rochester, NY
Robert Black: Modern American Bass @ Kilbourn Hall Performs the Moross Bass Sonatina

Modern American Bass is comprised of repertoire from my latest double CD on New World Records. This forgotten yet vital unaccompanied and accompanied repertoire spans the period of American music from 1931-1971. Repertoire will include Jerome Moross.
www.robertblack.org
http://isbconvention.com/

May 16, Coral Gables, FL
Duo Impuls Wins Best Performance Prize Of Moross The Last Judgement At 12th Dranoff 2 Piano Competition

Miami, FL – The jurors of the 12th Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition have awarded the Best Performance Prize for Jerome Moross’s The Last Judgement ($5,000) to duo imPuls of Germany. The team comprising Barbara and Sebastian Bartmann performed at the Gusman
Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Miami.
In addition, the team won the Bronze Award ($10,000) as well as performance prizes for Gabriela Lena Frank’s Seis Cantos de los campos ($5,000) and Shelton Berg’s Mary and Martha Meditation ($2,500.)
For more information about duo imPuls, visit: www.duoimpuls.com

May 6-10, 2013 Pineburst, NC
MARK! MY WORDS

Host Mark Evans of Mark! My Words broadcast on Sandhills 3 TV in Pinehurst, NC devotes a program to the works of Jerome Moross.
For more information, click here.

May 13-16, 2013
Performances of The Last Judgement duo piano orchestration

Compulsory performances
12th Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition
Semifinals and Grand Final
University of Miami - Gusman Hall - Coral Gables, Florida
Watch the performances via Live Streaming by clicking here at the following times:
Mon., May 13-2PM; 3:10PM; 7:30PM; 8:45PM; Tues. May 14-10AM; 11:15AM; 2PM; 3:15PM;
BEST PERFORMANCE: Thurs.,May 16-8PM

Click here>>

April 18, 2013
IN PRODUCTION

Chicago based radio station WFMT is producing a radio documentary on the life of Jerome Moross. It will be released for worldwide syndication in late summer or early fall 2013. More details in our next issue.
Radio stations interested in airing, contact Tony Macaluso, WFMT tmacaluso@wfmt.com

March 19, 2013
REVIEW: Symphony No. 1; The Last Judgement; Variations on a Waltz for Orch. – London Sym. Orch./ JoAnn Falletta – Albany

Film composer Jerome Moross’ venture into classical works prove to be as accessible and melodically proficient as his movie scores. Read more>>

February 25, 2013
Belfast Telegraph Review: Bandits and ladies of ill repute make for a wild night.

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February 14, 2013
Buffalo Philharmonic To Play Moross Symphony No. 1 in 2013-14 Season

JoAnn Falletta will lead the BPO in a performance of Symphony No. 1 by Jerome Moross on April 2014.  They will take place in Kleinhans Music Hall on April 26, 2014 at 8 PM and April 27, 2014 at 2:30 PM.

PROGRAM
Drums along the Niagara: Mambo!
Sat., April 26, 8 PM
Sun. April 27, 2:30 PM
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Colin Currie, percussion
MOROSS Symphony No. 1
RUSSELL PLATT Euridice (US Premiere)
JENNIFER HIGDON Percussion Concerto
BERNSTEIN Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
For ticket information, call (716) 885-5000. http://bpo.org

February 13, 2013
2013 SAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award to Moross

Now in their twenty-fifth (25th) year, the Sammy Film Music Awards (SFMA) have announced that 2013 Sammy Lifetime Achievement Award for a Past Film Composer has been awarded to Jerome Moross on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of his birth. The SAMMYS are the longest-running awards given for film music on CDs. These awards are named in honor of movie lyricist Sammy Cahn (1913-1993), who received 4 Oscars for his songs, and was nominated more times than any other songwriter, 26 times between the 1940s and 1970s.For more information on the SAMMYS, go to: http://www.americanmusicpreservation.com/sammys 2013.htm

February 1, 2013
Symphony No.1 and Frankie and Johnny reissued by Albany Records

In honor of the Centennial, Albany Records will reissue the two recordings of JoAnn Falletta, of Symphony No.1 and Frankie and Johnny.  Symphony No.1 will be released in February and Frankie and Johnny in March.

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