Which quality is most complimentary to the feminine: BRAWN or BRAINS? Has science finally usurped warcraft in this modern age? Are we more attracted to intelligence or physical perfection? These are the program subjects of “Venus and Vulcan in America” for orchestra. “Venus and Vulcan in America” invites every listener to and imagine their own “movie” of the original myth and my amendments, made by attaching the emotions felt from

Review: At final classics concert, Philharmonic celebrates  Matthew J. PalmContact Reporter The Artistic Type The mood was festive at Saturday’s Orlando Philharmonic concert: “Tonight is a celebration,” proclaimed music director Eric Jacobsen. The final Classics Series concert of the season featured a world-premiere from acclaimed composer Keith Lay, a professor at Winter Park’s Full Sail University. Lay’s “Venus and Vulcan in America” received an enthusiastic reaction from the audience at the

A synthesizer driven low frequency sine wave voice, doubled by the celeste player was added to the traditional orchestra in my “Symphony: Venus and Vulcan in America“. Why?    Two reasons: 1) curiosity and 2) love of low bass The orchestra is an extremely flexible sonic organism – capable of sounds yet unheard. The addition of low, pure tones were not added because I felt that the orchestra needed it;  nor did I add them because this little

Introduction and goals behind the symphony Venus and Vulcan in America After getting the good news on October 6th, 2015 that I was to write a new piece for the Orlando Philharmonic I inquired “What kind of piece would you like?”  The next day, Maestro Jacobsen challenged me with : “How about you create a piece that connects them? Start where the Tannhaüser ends and take us to where the

Original Post Posted By Jessica Bryce Young on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 5:55 am   Composer Keith Lay The final show of the Orlando Philharmonic’s 2015-2016 Classics series is a barn-burner, from Wagner’s swooping Overture to Tannhäuser to Ravel’s plucky, sinuous Alborada del gracioso to the eponym composition, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Pictures is one of those stirring pieces of classical repertoire that gets lots of play in TV commercials and movies –

In-depth: Composer Keith Lay on his premiere Saturday with Orlando Philharmonic The artistic direction of Eric Jacobsen, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra (OPO) has made a few fairly bold moves with its programming by featuring music from contemporary composers – we’ve recently heard music by Gabriel Kahane, Andrew Norman, and Zhao Jiping, among others. An exciting opportunity for a world premiere in the ‘classics series’ finale of the 2015-2016 season was left open for a while;

Contact: Caitlin Pequignot Interim Communications Manager Ph: 407-451-1449 cmpequignot@gmail.com   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     Orlando Philharmonic Presents New Work by Keith Lay   (Orlando, FL – January 21, 2016) – The Orlando Philharmonic will perform a commissioned work, “Venus and Vulcan in America,” by acclaimed Orlando composer and Full Sail faculty member Keith Lay, on its upcoming “Pictures at An Exhibition” concert on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 8:00

The Music Beginning bell The bell’s fundamental note is joined at the octave above by the flute and piano and an octave below by the clarinet. The rich out-of-tune elements that create the unique bell sound fade out, leaving pure harmonics of orchestral solo instruments. Several take a turn sounding the sustaining C, bringing the meditating mind to relaxed focus. Expansion motif On the 10th bar, at rehearsal letter A, focus is rewarded with expansion:

  Mindfulness? … is a state of non-mind. Some of the qualities experienced in that state are an increased awareness of sound, sight, internal and external body senses, current emotions and the breath. Bringing even a drop of mindfulness to everyday stresses is transformative because it increases heightened senses and mental spaciousness which provides room for empathy (including for yourself) as one source of equanimous decision-making. There are millions of ways to attain moments of mindfulness

Runaway Hearts is a film about two kids on the run from a very scary present who come across two adults who can’t quite escape their past. They’re four people in need of a miracle, and sometimes the miracles in life are the very people whose paths you cross. Directed by Keith Alan Morris and starring John Schnieder, Wendell Pierce and Ali Landry. Runaway Hearts This is the production trailer,