Visual Recital Program No. 1Vernacular Dances by Charles Griffin (b. 1968) (~12 min.)
1. Andante moderato
2. Meditatively, con rubato molto
3 Preludes by John Carollo (b.1954)
The Emperor's Garden
(total ~6 min.)
The Story of Babar - music by Francis Poulenc, story and pictures by Jean de Brunhoff (~23 min.)
Pictures at an Exhibition, by Modest Mussorgsky (~25-30- min.)
The Old Castle
Ballet of Unhatched Chicks
Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle
The Market Place at Limoges
The Great Gate of Kiev
Bios for the composers can be found by clicking the expanded text link below.
Charles Griffin (http://www.charlesgriffin.net/)
A native New Yorker, Charles Griffin's works have been regularly performed throughout the U.S. as well as Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Canada, Europe and Asia in such venues as Merkin and Weill Recital Halls in NYC and Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center and the SpoletoUSA, Aspen, and International Cervantino Festivals. He has received grants from ASCAP, Meet the Composer's Commissioning Music/USA, Queens Council on the Arts and New Dramatists, and commissions from Ethos Percussion Group, the Piedmont Choirs, and the Dale Warland Singers, among others. His work has been included on several Compact Discs and has regularly been aired on radio stations such as WNYC and WQXR in New York, WGBH in Boston and WHPK in Chicago.
His several residencies have included Faith Partners (an interfaith residency in New York City funded by the Wolfensohn Family Foundation involving Temple Emanu-el, St. Bartholomew's Church and St. Ignatius-Loyola, where he composed four choral works for the three institutions), another choral residency at the Frank Sinatra High School for the Arts, and most recently, during the summers 2004 and 2006 at the International Festival for Young Latvian Musicians, in Ogre, Latvia.
As a freelance copyist, orchestrator or arranger, Griffin has worked on projects for Phillips Classics, Jessye Norman, Hugh Downs, Yo Yo Ma, and President Clinton's Inauguration. He earned his B. A. in voice and composition and M. A. in composition from Queens College, City University of New York, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He is a member of ASCAP, former Director of the New York Chapter of the American Composers Forum, and was on the board of directors of the Long Island Composers Alliance for several years. He has served on the adjunct faculties of Hofstra University, Columbia University's Teacher's College and Nassau Community College.
John Carollo (http://www.john-carollo.com/)
John was born in Turin, Italy on November 4, 1954. He was adopted in 1959 by an Italian family who raised him in Oil City, Pennsylvania. During grade school he studied and played piano and was a member of a Catholic Church choir who sang for the congregation during weekend services. He moved from Oil City to San Diego, California in 1976, where he attended college, taking courses in music and psychology. During this time, John studied the piano with a local artist, Robert Haffenden. He graduated in 1986 from San Diego State University with a Master's Degree in Psychology and began composing for the piano. He moved to Honolulu, Hawaii in 1987 and began a fulltime career as a mental health counselor with the State of Hawaii, Department of Health.
In 1997, he started private composition lessons with Dr. Robert Wehrman. John found his own voice in the "Crumb Finale", part of The Crumb Suite for solo piano and his first major work. Following this effort, he composed an atonal work in 1998 entitled "Frenetic Unfoldings for Solo Violin". After completing this large work, John focused his energies on compositions which incorporated various instrumentation. He retired from mental health work on March 3, 2006 to compose full-time. The artist has started a music business named, Musica Baudino, which will be an avenue to showcase his music and promote artists, who have interpreted his works with the greatest of sensibilities. Musica Baudino published the artist's first CD, Ampersand in June 2006, a collection of solo piano music, a Trio for Flute, Cello, and Piano and Frenetic Unfoldings for Solo Violin. John is a prolific artist, composing daily and has a working relationship with the faculty members of the University of Hawaii's music department. His works have been performed in various venues in Hawaii and abroad. He is an ASCAP member and a lifetime member of the Society of Composers in America . A full catalogue of his works can be found at: http://john- carollo.com.