Congratulations to Brother Kenneth Fuchs, who will be premiering his seventh Naxos release, an album of seven works for symphonic winds recorded by the premier the United States Coast Guard Band. The recording will be released globally this Friday, August 14, 2020. Coincidently, on the 50th Anniversary of the Fraternity’s National Headquarters of Lyrecrest’s opening.
The following is a short statement about the album.
“This recording entirely features music artists based in Connecticut. It includes definitive performances of symphonic band music by Kenneth Fuchs, GRAMMY® Award-winning American composer and Professor of Composition at the University of Connecticut Department of Music in the School of Fine Arts; the exceptional United States Coast Guard Band (one of the five premiere military bands in the United States), stationed at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut; and their associate principal saxophone soloist, Greg Case, Instructor of Saxophone at the University of Connecticut. The compact disc booklet cover features the painting, “Beyond the Blue Horizon,” by artist Preston Trombly. Mr. Trombly is a composer and received his Bachelor Music degree from the University of Connecticut. He is, as well, a very successful mixed media visual artist with a studio in New York, and he is also a classical music radio program host at SiriusXM (Symphony Hall, Channel 76).”
About Kenneth Fuchs
Brother Fuchs is a 1975 initiate of the Beta Tau Chapter at the University of Miami and was named a Signature Sinfonian in 2009. He has recorded for Naxos five albums with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta; the latest won the 2018 GRAMMY® Award for Best Classical Compendium. Fuchs has composed music for orchestra, band, voice, chorus, and various chamber ensembles. With Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson, Fuchs created three chamber musicals, The Great Nebula in Orion, A Betrothal, and Brontosaurus, which Circle Repertory Company originally presented in New York City. Fuchs’s operatic monodrama Falling Man (text by Don DeLillo, adapted by J. D. McClatchy) was presented at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of 9/11. His music has achieved significant global recognition through performances, media exposure, and digital streaming and downloading throughout the world.
Fuchs’s latest album of chamber music, released by Naxos in April 2013, includes Falling Canons (Christopher O’Riley, piano), Falling Trio (Trio21), and String Quartet No. 5 “American” (Delray String Quartet). The album has received outstanding reviews in print and at online sources, including Fanfare magazine, Gramophone magazine, and MusicWeb International. The highly successful album Kenneth Fuchs: String Quartets 2, 3, 4, performed by the American String Quartet, was released by Albany Records. Following the release of this album, American Record Guide stated quite simply, “String quartet recordings don’t get much better than this.”
Fuchs has received numerous commissions to write for orchestra, band, and chamber groups. Gramophone magazine created the video blog “A session report – with photos – from Abbey Road for Kenneth Fuchs’s new Naxos album” for its website. SiriusXM Satellite Radio has showcased Fuchs’s music on its “Symphony Hall” and “Pops” channels during “Music Discovery Week” and on the programs “Ask a Musician,” “Composers Roundtable,” and “JoAnn Falletta – Rediscovering Holst and Discovering Hailstork and Fuchs.”
Brother Fuchs serves as Professor of Composition at the University of Connecticut. He received his bachelor of music degree in composition from the University of Miami (cum laude) and his master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees in composition from The Juilliard School. Fuchs’s composition teachers include Milton Babbitt, David Del Tredici, David Diamond, Vincent Persichetti, and Alfred Reed. His music is published by the Hal Leonard Corporation, Edward B. Marks Music Company, Theodore Presser Company, and Yelton Rhodes Music, and it has been recorded by Albany, Cala, and Naxos Records.