Here is the exact wording of my work’s review from The American Prize: Children On the Playground This is a concerto for violin and string orchestra dating from 2001, expertly performed by the musicians of Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. “Children on the Playground” is everything one expects it to be: open, warm-hearted, brimming with wholesome joy, and unashamedly tonal. In three movements, the work projects feelings of purity and sweetness without

  The American Prize WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2015 COMPOSER winners: ORCHESTRA, 2015 The American Prize is honored to announce the winners and runners-up in the orchestra division of The American Prize in Composition, 2015. We are also pleased to highlight a large group of composers in this category with special citations recognizing the quality of their work as they serve diverse communities in unique and creative ways. Congratulations! The American

“Children On the Playground – Violin Concerto for Strings” with soloist Tamas Kocsis and the Orlando Philharmonic Over three days in February of 2010, Children On the Playground received three superb performances  by Sir Tamas Kocsis and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Christopher Wilkins. These videos, captured by Dr. Lisa Mills of the University of Central Florida, speak for themselves. Tamas brilliantly captured the spirit and heart of this

By Anthony Tommasini, Nov.8, 2004 It says something about how few opportunities there are for composers to have new works performed by orchestras that the Riverside Symphony, an adventurous ensemble that typically presents just three programs per season, got such a strong response to its International Composers Competition in 2002. Scores from 74 composers were submitted. On Friday night at Alice Tully Hall, one of the three winning works, “On

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