the yellow wallpaper premiere
DATE OF EVENT: Friday, July 19th, 2013
**UPDATE: the World Premiere of Dan Welcher's chamber opera THE YELLOW
WALLPAPER has changed. The previously announced Free for All Festival in July,
in southern England, will not be the venue. Please watch this space for exciting
information about the August, 2012 premiere in London. Meanwhile, please visit
the Yellow Wallpaper website (ywptheopera.com) to hear excerpts, read the
libretto, and see promotional photos.
world premiere: museon polemos for two string quartets
DATE OF EVENT: Friday, September 28th, 2012
Two world-renowned string quartets, the Miro and the Shanghai Quartets,
teamed up on Friday, September 28 at 8:00 in the McCullough Theater at the
University of Texas, for the world premiere of Dan Welcher's MUSEON POLEMOS
("War of the Muses"). This 26-minute proto ballet, inspired by the
Stravinsky/Balanchine ballets of the 1930s and 40s, pits two rival teams against
each other. The two quartets are spatially separated on stage, each with its own
musical character and identity.
The premiere took place in a sold-out house, and was a huge success. Both the
Shanghai Quartet and the Miro Quartet are eagerly promoting the work, and
plans for a commercial recording are being formulated.
upriver for wind ensemble premiered!
DATE OF EVENT: Sunday, March 6th, 2011
Conductor Timothy Paul led the University of Oregon Wind Ensemble in the world premiere of UPRIVER, a fourteen-minute work inspired by the Lewis and Clarke "Voyage of Discovery". The piece celebrates Voyageurs, native Americans, and hardy soldiers with music actually sung and played on the expedition. Scores and parts now available from Theodore Presser Company.
new promotional video clip on youtube
DATE OF EVENT: Sunday, November 21st, 2010
The Yellow Wallpaper is Dan Welcher's third opera. Completed only three months ago, it is now awaiting a world premiere production---which hasn't yet been scheduled. The Theodore Presser Company posted this video on YouTube. Give it a look!
the yellow wallpaper website launched!
DATE OF EVENT: Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
Dan Welcher's dynamic new opera, THE YELLOW WALLPAPER, now has its own website: complete with an excellent demo recording of Scenes IV and V, full score and piano-vocal score for those scenes (and piano-vocal score of Scene I as well), and the complete libretto. Read the back-story, and meet the people behind the project. www.ywptheopera.com
more kudos for symphony #5
DATE OF EVENT: Friday, January 1st, 2010
From the "best of the year" highlights from the Austin Chronicle, in the January 1st edition:
TOP NINE DANCE AND CLASSICAL MUSIC TREASURES OF 2009:
Welcher: SYMPHONY #5", Austin Symphony Orchestra
"A Symphony of the old school - sweeping, lush, robust - scored with notable complexity by local hero Dan Welcher, whose dear friend Peter Bay propelled its premiere to stirring heights through ASO's full-bodied performance. A work I'm eager to hear again."
new website launched: wind band select
DATE OF EVENT: Monday, August 3rd, 2009
You may listen to all of Dan Welcher's wind ensemble works on this new website, launched by Theodore Presser Company and Carl Fischer, Inc.
new recording released!
DATE OF EVENT: Saturday, August 1st, 2009
The Cassatt String Quartet's brilliant new recording of all three of Dan Welcher's string quartets was released August 1st by Naxos American Classics (catalogue 8.559384).
symphony #5 wins two awards!
DATE OF EVENT: Monday, June 1st, 2009
Dan Welcher's SYMPHONY #5, which premiered on May 1 and 2 of this year, was awarded OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL COMPOSITION at the annual Austin Critics Table Awards ceremony on June 1st. Additionally, it garnered an award for OUTSTANDING SYMPHONIC PERFORMANCE for the Austin Symphony, which premiered it under the direction of its Music Director, Peter Bay.