WITH PERCUSSION ORCHESTRA
THE MCCORMICK PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE
In 2008, PARMA Recordings acquired Capstone Records, the highly respected New York-based classical label founded by composer Richard Brooks in 1986, with the intent of shepherding the company and its music into the digital era. This product, originally released on Capstone and now presented by PARMA's Ravello or Navona Records imprints, is one of a series of re-releases from the catalog called THE CAPSTONE COLLECTION. For more music in this series, please visit www.ravellorecords.com.
On MARIMBA CONCERTI WITH PERCUSSION ORCHESTRA (2006), Robert McCormick conducts his McCormick Percussion Group – an ensemble comprised of 20 marimbists and accompanied by guest pianist Corey Holt Merenda throughout. Guest conductor Cayenna Rosa Ponchione appears on her composition The Creation, the album’s concluding track.
Other compositions on the album include The Alabados Song by Paul Bissell; Concertino for Two Marimbas and Six Percussionists by Jan Van Landerhem; Concertino for Marimba and Four Percussionists by Chihchun Chi-sun Lee; Concerto for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble by Daniel Adams; and Concertino for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble by Paul Reller.
In expressing his gratitude for the record, Landerhem said he was “touched by the ensemble’s poetry and technical precision. The sound and the performance of the ensemble are of high professional standards, and could be compared with the best percussion ensembles I have heard. This is also true for the performances of the other compositions.”
McCormick is currently Professor of Music at the University of South Florida and timpanist with Opera Tampa. He is a former member of the Harry Partch Ensemble and served as principle percussionist and assistant timpanist with the Florida Orchestra for twenty seasons.
He has authored several articles, solos and two percussion texts: Percussion for Musicians and 32 Duets for Percussion. Robert was the 2006 recipient of the Florida Music Educator of the Year Award, the 2007 Grand Prize winner of the Keystone Percussion Composition Award, and the 2010 recipient of the Jerome Krivanek Distinguished University Teacher Award.
Guest Pianist: Corey Holt Merenda
Executive Producer Bob Lord
Executive A&R Sam Renshaw
A&R Chris Robinson
Audio Director Jeff LeRoy
Engineering Manager Lucas Paquette
Art & Production Director Brett Picknell
Graphic Designer Ryan Harrison
Marketing Scott Murphy
Release Date: January 13, 2017
Catalog #: RR7952
McCormick Percussion Group
Robert McCormick, conductor
1 The Alabados Song Paul Bissell
Alex Delgado, solo marimba
Concertino for Two Marimbas and Six Percussionists
Jan Van Landeghem
Emory Blake and Grant Beiner, solo marimbas
2 Comodo con amore
Concertino for Marimba and Four Percussionists
Chihchun Chi-sun Lee
Ryan Wilson, solo marimba
4 Movement I
5 Movement II
6 Movement III
7 Concerto for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble
Beran Harp, solo marimba
8 Concertino for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble
Emory Blake, solo marimba
9 The Creation Cayenna Rosa Ponchione
Matt Dickson and Lee Hinkle, solo marimba
Cayenna Rosa Ponchione, guest conductor
ALSO ON RAVELLO RECORDS
McCormick Percussion Group
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