Early 2014 Performances

On Jan. 31st, 2014 you can hear Keva’s world premiere of her new composition “Antarctic Sights” scored for piano, celesta, thunder tube (cracking glaciers) and penguin track and simultaneous DVD images. This is on Friday Night Concert Series at the Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church, 8109 224th St. S.W., 98026 taking place at 8:00 p.m. (tickets available […]

On Jan. 31st, 2014 you can hear Keva’s world premiere of her new composition “Antarctic Sights” scored for piano, celesta, thunder tube (cracking glaciers) and penguin track and simultaneous DVD images. This is on Friday Night Concert Series at the Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church, 8109 224th St. S.W., 98026 taking place at 8:00 p.m. (tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.) This was inspired by the composer’s trip to West Antarctica one year ago after climbing glaciers and traveling in zodiacs to view the wildlife.

Next, Keva and her Cascade Symphony Orchestra assistant, Lisa Maria d’Acquila, will perform the Bartok Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion with the hailed Cascade Percussion Ensemble, known in every Puget Sound venue from universities, to orchestras, ballets, chorales, churches and on Classic King 98 FM. The percussion ensemble will perform some of their signature works.

Also on the program will be two clarinet works with the physician, David Frank who performs in the Northwest Symphony Orchestra and in the World Doctors Orchestra. They will play the delightful work of Bela Kovacs “Sholem-alekhem, rov Feidman” using a number of Hebrew melodies in the style of klezmer clarinetist, Giora Feidman and Astor Piazzolla’s “Oblivion,” an example of Nuevo tango from Argentina’s famous bandoneon performer and composer.

Overcome the Jan. “blahs” and put this exciting program on your calendar!

Evening River Echoes @ Olympia’s Red lion Hotel Fir Ballroom

On Tuesday, June 22nd at 8:00 p.m. in Olympia’s Red lion Hotel Fir Ballroom, pianist and WA State Composer of the Year, Keva Vaughan-McMorrow performed her newly commissioned chamber work in its world premiere for the Washington State Music Teachers.

On Tuesday, June 22nd at 8:00 p.m. in Olympia’s Red lion Hotel Fir Ballroom, pianist and WA State Composer of the Year, Keva Vaughan-McMorrow performed her newly commissioned chamber work in its world premiere for the Washington State Music Teachers. She was selected as the 2010 Composer of the Year by the state music teacher’s association and will be honored in the culminating work of the evening’s concert with her chamber work, Evening River Echoes. Scored for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, contrabass, harp, piano and percussion the work will be performed with her colleagues from the Edmonds Cascade Symphony Orchestra. The crowd at the State Music Teacher’s Conference erupted in a spontaneous ovation over the exotic and tuneful music of Evening River Echoes.

The work was inspired by the composer’s childhood memories of nights spent at the family’s cabin located in a Redwood forest overlooking the Russian River in CA. The sounds represent the cacophony of human activities rising from the river basin below. It begins with the relative calm of a summer’s evening, crickets and tree frogs chirping. As the evening progresses strains of gypsy music arise from a riverside encampment, folk music is heard on the beaches, chamber music echoes from the Bohemian Club across the river. The sounds of people swimming, singing, partying, laughing, arguing, and activities of wild animals all blend into the child’s consciousness as she drifts asleep under the redwood trees and stars. As the night wears on the sounds of humanity diminish and the forest canyon is once again enveloped in a tranquil evening mist.

if you are interested in purchasing the CD of this enthusiastically acclaimed world premiere live performance, click here.

Keva Vaughan-McMorrow on Carols