The Columbus Music Teachers Association (CMTA) (established 1930) numbers many fine central Ohio teachers among its membership including several Columbus Symphony Orchestra members. CMTA’s first program of the year, October 31, 2011, in a private home, featured works of Jerry Casey performed by members of the group and a few guests. These compositions included:
Our Love Mirrored (Violin and Piano), a world premiere, David Niwa, violin, Mariko Kaneda, piano
Celebrate 25! (Piano Trio): Leonid Polonsky, violin, Cora Kuyvenhoven, cello, Nina Polonsky, piano
One, Yet Different (String Quartet): David Niwa; Mako McEldowney, Ken Matsuda, Ruruko Makino
Seven (A Suite for Piano): Madeline Karn, piano
Fiesta, (piano four-hand): Laura Flowers Benson and Nightengale Chen
By Request (a collection of student pieces): Laura Flowers Benson, piano
O, Death, Rock My Asleep (Soprano and solo violin): Jessica Kahn, soprano, Henry Ma, violin
Out of the Depths (2009 Marilynn Etzel Piano Commission by the Iowa Composers Forum),Kathleen Sadoff, piano
Swingin’ Suite for Two Cellos, Renee Goubeaux and Cora Kuyvenhoven, cellos
Yet I Will Rejoice, a CD featuring the choral and vocal chamber music of Jerry Casey, was released on February 4th, 2011 through CDBaby.com. The CD is available for $13.97; the digital download for $9.99.
Here are some pictures from the CD release party on the campus of Otterbein University, Westerville, Ohio.
We’re Marching to Zion, Jerry Casey’s arrangement of the hymn tune for organ, was performed at the annual conference of Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers (CFAMC), March 1-2, 2013, at Mississippi College, Clinton, MS. It was also performed at the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) Region V Conference, April 11-13, 2013, at Clarke College, Dubuque, IA.
We’re Marching to Zion, a work for organ, was performed at the annual conference of Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers (CFAMC) on March 2, 2013, at Mississippi University, Clinton Mississippi, by Dr. Robert Knupp, faculty member. Walter Saul, a composer-member, wrote the following review in his blog:
Jerry Casey’s stunning arrangement of We’re Marching to Zion starts with a magnificent fanfare intro that explores the chromatic mediants of G Major (Eb Major, Db Major, Bb Major, and E Major), suggesting the whole world is marching to Zion. The melody is stated first simply in the right hand, then in the pedal (wonderful reed stop here!). Then motives of the theme are developed with some marvelous chordal parallelism involving more chromatic mediants and a modulation to A, ending brilliantly on a rather jazzy AM9. This fantasia unveils Casey’s love of this tune! She has studied the music of Olivier Messiaen and, even in this arrangement of a Gospel song, it shows. Robert Knupp, Mississippi College music faculty member, gave a spirited interpretation of this fine piece. The unmitigated joy and energy in this work – a rarity in much music these days – is certainly worth celebrating!
A new scene from Pilate’s Wife was performed Monday, February 26, 2013, at a private home with the composer as Procula, Pilate’s wife, Jan Nelson as Deborah, the Jewish maid, and Eileen Huston at the piano.