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Hyperion wins 2014 Lawner Prize

My new work for symphony orchestra, Hyperion, has won the University’s of Kansas’ biennial award, the Lawner Prize. Hyperion was selected after a reading session with the KU symphony. The work will be performed by the KU symphony sometime in the spring of 2015. Stay tuned for more details!

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New York Premier

Craig_Hultgren_05I am very excited to announce that I will be receiving my New York Premier on May 19, 2013 at 1:00pm.  My new work On the Rocks for solo cello was selected by Vox Novus for performance on their Composer’s Voice series.  Craig Hultgren, long-time advocate of new music and purveyor of the avant guard, will be performing the work at Jan Hus Church, 351 East 74th Street (Between 1st & 2nd Avenues – Closest to 1st Ave.)

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http://www.voxnovus.com/15_Minutes_of_Fame/featuring/Craig_Hultgren/

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Two Pieces Chosen for SCI Conference

Two pieces will be performed at this year’s Society of Composers Region VI conference in Canyon, Texas. The pieces to be performed are my Trombone Choir “Reflections” and my Percussion Ensemble “Circus Suite.” The conference will take place at the West Texas A&M University campus in Canyon, Texas on October 5 and 6, 2012. Hope to see you there!

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Piano Piece selected for New Pieces Project

Piano StudentThe University of Central Missouri hosted a New Pieces Project where composers were asked to write for young players to give them new repertoire and a chance to learn how to analyze and practice new music. The Mild Conundrum of Mr. Fliverty Chase, telling the story of the adventures of mysterious individual, was chosen for this project. It will be prepared by one of their students and recorded for an April recital.

I’ll tell you a little bit about the piece: I wanted to give the younger player something to use their imagination on. This piece actually has no set story line and, as you can see, a lot of story (or maybe just a little story) can be inferred from the title. I want the students who play the piece to figure out what they think Mr. Chase’s conundrum might be. I plan to continue the “Fliverty Chase” story-line at some point, so more keep an eye out for that.

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Red Note Music Festival

String Quartet (2009) was recently chosen as a finalist selection for the Red Note Music Festival at Illinois State University. Though I did not win the contest, I was among the top 18 choices of 285 total entries. Congrats to Joseph Turrin:

The winning work is “Riffs and Fanfares,” by Joseph Turrin of Clifton, New Jersey. Mr. Turrin will receive the $750 prize, and a performance of his work by Fulcrum Point New Music Project during the RED NOTE New Music Festival in March 2012.

“String Quartet No. 1,” by Stylianos Dimou, of Rochester, NY, was named Runner-Up.

Honorable Mentions were awarded to:

“Ten Variations,” by Gilad Cohen of Princeton, NJ
“Parachute Dance,” by Stephen Feigenbaum of Winchester, MA
“Credo,” by Heeyoung Yang, of West Lafayette, IN