A guitar connected to a triggering mechanism, part of Charley Friedman's installation "Soundtracks for the Present Future."

Since March, I’ve been working with the incomparable Lincoln-based Charley Friedman and the wonderful team behind his new installation piece, Soundtracks for the Present Futures. Alongside some of Nebraska’s best musicians – including Tom Larson, Dereck Higgins, and Nicholas Lemme – I’ve written new music for Charley’s installation of over 50 electronically-controlled guitars. Opening at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha on Saturday, June 5, and running until August. Admission to the Bemis Center is always free!

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Composers from 84 countries took part in New Classics competition

Following a stellar performance on November 29 of Draw Me the Sun by the Moscow Conservatory’s Studio for New Music, directed by Maestro Vladimir Tarnopolsky, the Conservatory’s New Classics Competition named Draw Me the Sun as its Second Prize winner in the Contemporary Popular Music division! A heartfelt thanks to the Moscow Conservatory for this honor, and for an incredible performance during the most challenging of circumstances. Special congratulations are also in order to my longtime friend Matt Browne, who took home First Prize in the same division for his incredible work Writer’s Room.

You can see the entire gala concert here, and the Studio for New Music’s performance of Draw Me the Sun here.

Draw Me the Sun, written for Alarm Will Sound, has been named a finalist in the 2020 Moscow Conservatory New Classics Competition! The gala concert and announcement of the winners is scheduled for November 15. More information on the competition and the concert here, and I’ll update this space with a link to any live streams or new, exciting news. More info about Draw Me the Sun can be found on the Symphonic/Large Ensemble page. Stay tuned!

P.S. Don’t miss the incredible music of my buddy Matt Browne, another finalist!

As part of the University of Nebraska’s “Nebraska Lectures” series, I’ll be discussing my song cycle Nebraska Songbook, its inspiration and conception. My amazing colleagues Jamie Reimer and Brenda Wristen will be on hand to give a complete performance of the piece. Free and open to the public! More information (and a live webcast) available here: https://research.unl.edu/nebraskalectures/nebraska-songbook/

The incomparable University of Nebraska-Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, directed by my colleague and inspired composer/conductor Tyler White, premieres my new work for orchestra, Promise Me You Won’t Believe A Single Word, this afternoon at 3pm CT in Kimball Recital Hall on my home turf at the Glenn Korff School of Music! $5/$3 in person, or hear the live webcast by visiting music.unl.edu. There’s a lot more great chances to hear my work alongside great musicians and great friend coming up – keep an eye on this space, or follow me on social media at ‘gregsimonmusic’ for more information.