Michael Colina’s Requinauts, recently released on Naxos with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Chorus, has received wide attention and praise for its excellence.
Read the Opera News review here.
Purchase the CD here.
On August 20th, 2013 at the Chautauqua Institute in New York, esteemed conductor Jaime Laredo will lead the Chautauqua Symphony alongside his wife, featured cello soloist Sharon Robinson, in a world premiere of Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Colina’s Three Dances for Cello & Orchestra.
Winner of the Avery Fisher Recital Award, the Piatigorsky Memorial Award, the Pro Musicis Award, and a Grammy Nominee, cellist Sharon Robinson continues her streak of premiering new works, a testament to her artistic breadth as a performer.
The concert marks the continuation of Michael Colina’s successful inroads into the contemporary classical scene. Colina, a legendary composer and producer known for his jazz fusion productions which incorporate Latin elements, has won multiple Grammy Awards. Recently, he has successfully incorporated the Latin and jazz elements into what has now become his own unique musical canon. Having turned his attention in recent years to orchestral writing, Colina has made his mark with admirable rapidity with numerous works recorded for the Naxos label being commissions. As Gramophone Magazine noted recently, “Michael Colina’s latest recording reveals the jazz and pop composer also to be a master craftsman in classical composition.” Adding to his achievements, Colina has had two world premieres at New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Cadogan Hall.
In the trusted hands of the Laredos, the work will come to life on the stage at the Chautauqua Institute.
A flute recital in Moscow, 2009, where Aleksandr Haskin played Isles of Shoals.
“Everybody will know this tune,” says Michael Colina. “I created variations on this theme, making it a journey from fancy and cute to profound and triumphant.” Arguably one of the most famous Latin-American melodies ever written, it rose to prominence at circuses and fairgrounds, in part because it was one of the tunes available for fairground organs. Written in 1888 by Mexican composer Juventino Rosas, it was featured in the 1951 movie “The Great Caruso” and given different lyrics (and a new title “The Lovliest Night of the Year”). Tenor Mario Lanza’s recording of the song rose to No. 3 on the Billboard charts in 1951.
Jacksonville music director Fabio Mechetti discussed the commission with Colina, asking him to create an organ concerto featuring the 6,215-pipe Bryan concert organ included in the Jacoby Symphony Hall. The premiere was given by Jacksonville on October 11, 2012, with Felix Hell as soloist.