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   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


Apr 2012

Four Dimensions

A technology showcase blending Live Orchestra, Live computer graphics, 6 channel electronic music and EWI             (above, rehearsal photo courtesy of Jim Shelton, Winter Park)   Notes from the Composer “Four Dimensions” was created to lead an audience through an imaginary exploration of the dimensions through the music of a full orchestra that included an EWI, a surround sound playback system, and moving images utilizing

Four Dimensions is my working title for the work commissioned by the Orlando Philharmonic for next April 21st. Recently, the engineer developing the wireless conducting baton, Marc Pinsky, and the Visual Artist, Nathan Selikoff, met for the first time over lunch. The generation of ideas that sparked up between these two highly creative men were fun to watch and I caught a bit of video of their conversation with my

Children On the Playground, Violin Concerto for Strings Here is the history of “Children on the Playground”, sometimes called “On the Playground” See also Children On the Playground in Orlando   Early in 1999, I received a surprise call from Alex Dean, an old college buddy violinist, and he was looking forsomething interesting to do while his organization, the United States Air Force String Orchestra, was performing concerts in Melbourne, Florida. Both my