THOMAS M. SLEEPER

NEWS

YouTube Channel now featuring several works - orchestral, chamber and solo: http://www.youtube.com/user/tritone56

Symphony No. 1 written for Paul Phillips and the Meadows Symphony Orchestra, will be performed by the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, Ulysses S. James. June 4th in DC and June 11th 2017 in Alexandria, VA.

Marina for solo piano, was performed by Santiago Rodriguez in Miami, February 17, 2017.

Sonata for Cello was performed in Athens, Greeceby pianist/conductor, Zoe Zeniodi and cellist Alexis Karaiskakis in February, 2017.

Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra was premiered by Dave Brubeck and The FAU Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Laura Joella, December, 2016.

Symphony No. 4 written for Paul Phillips and the Meadows Symphony Orchestra , premiered in Dallas, Texas, October 30 at Caruth Auditorium with a second Performance November 1st at 2:30. Their performance has been recorded and available now on Uroboros Music thorugh CD Baby, Amazon and iTunes.

"Awakening" was commissioned and premiered October 27th in NYC by the Pit Stop Players with conductor Joshua Rosenblum.

Sonata for Piano and Saxophone was given its European Premiere Dale Underwood and Asiya Korepanova in Strasbourg , France on July 13th. All performances have included video with images of artist Sherri Tan ( www.sherritan.com) View the premiere here on YouTube .

Symphony No. 5 "chamber symphony" was given it's premiere with conductor Gary Green.View the premiere here on YouTube .

New Release! SLEEPER: Einstein's Inconsistency "...In Einstein’s Inconsistency, Mr. Sleeper applies his considerable skill and creativity to a set of eight short operas, the longest being about 20 minutes with the shortest clocking in at under a minute, and a mere 20 measures of music. On the surface the operas seem unrelated, but each acts as a sort of mosaic tile to create nothing less than a treatise on the very nature of existence itself...Einstein’s Inconsistency is clearly a deeply personal piece for Thomas Sleeper, and contains some of his most inventive and powerful music to date. Sleeper’s music is as expansive and mysterious as an ocean, and just as tempting. Those listeners who choose may venture out as far as they like, but a word of caution: Here be monsters. - Andy Skaggs" Available from Albany records, Amazon and iTunes

Sonata for Piano and Saxophone premiered by Santiago Rodrguez and Dale Underwood in Miami this December 7th. Recent performances in Orlando and Atlanta. Upcoming performance France. View the premiere here on YouTube .

"Leylie's Dance" from Symphony No. 2 was given it's European premiere in December by the Greek National Orchestra in Athens with conductor Zoe Zeniodi.

The Frost Symphonic Winds, Gary Green, conductor, presented the Florida premiere of Sleeper's PARALLAX for Euphonium and Band with soloist Tim Shade. Shade and Green premired the work in Kansas. Gusman Concert Hall, Monday, November 17. The work was subsequently recorded.

Santiago Rodriguez recently performed Sleeper's solo piano work Marina in Beijing, PRC.

"Einstein's Inconsistency" Sleeper's latest opera was recently funded and completed. The work was recorded and will be released soon on Albany Records - TROY1551.

The Alhambra Orchestra, Zoe Zeniodi, conductor, premiered Sleeper's Hetaera esmeralda for piano and orchestra with soloist Zoe Zeniodi March, 2014

The Navy Band, under the direction of Captain Brian O. Walden commissioned and recorded Sleeper's Symphony No. 3 "Ex Nihilo" and performed the work on their concert tour during the month of February.

Albany Records releases the latest Sleeper CD January 1, 2014. Four Conerti recorded with the Brno Philharmonic. Includes soloists: Huifang Chen, violin; Tim Conner, trombone; Jennifer Culp, cello and Dale Underwood, saxophone with Zoe Zeniodi, guest conductor.

Current comissions: Symphony No. 5 - a chamber symphony was completed for conductor Gary Green and will premiere in April 2015.

Symphony No. 4 written for Paul Phillips and the Meadows Symphony Orchestra (completed June 2014), will premiere Dallas, Texas, 2014/15 season

Sleeper's orchestration of Brahms Clarinet Sonata No. 2 was given its French Premiere December 13 by clarinetist Coline Vasseur in the "Eglise Réformée" in Nantes and again December 15 in the "paroisse sainte Bernadette" in Orvault . She performs with L'Orchestre symphonique universitaire de Nantes - OSUN.

Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra was performed by the Broward Symphony Orchestra, Zoe Zeniodi, conductor with soloist Kathryn Sleeper, December 8th in Bailey Hall, Dania Florida. Kathryn recorded the work with the Ruse Philharmonic for the Vienna Modern Masters label and has performed the concerto with orchestras in Europe, Asia, North and South America.

PULSE, performed Sleeper's Semi-Suite at several venues in South Florida this Novemeber and December.

Four Miniatures for Violin and Piano was performed December 6 with pianist Asiya Korepanova.

Symphony No. 2 was performed by the Florida Atlantic Symphony Orchestra this November with conductor Laura Joella. The FAU Symphony also premiered Sleeper's 6 Arias for Bass Trombone and Orchestra with soloist David Brubeck.

Symphony No. 1 was performed at the Sewanee Music Festival this June with conductor Cristian Macelaru.

Hugo Ticciati premiered Sleeper's Violin Concerto No. 2, June 27th at the Casa dei Mezzo Music Festival on Crete. Sleeper's Triptych for Alto voice and solo Violin was given it's European Premiere as well by Ticciati and Norwegian Mezzo soprano Hege Høisæter.

PULSE, premiered Sleeper's Semi-Suite at Symphony Stage in NYC, April 2013. Recent performances have also included Miami, FL and Washington DC. Pulse will present the work in Paris at the Cathédrale Américane on September 22 at 4PM..

New Release! SLEEPER: MUSIC FOR FLUTE featuring the Concerto for Flute and Flute Orchestra written for and didicated to artist Trudy Kane, former principal flute of the Metropolitan Opera. Ms. Kane is joined by her students in the Frost Flute Orchestra conducted by Andrés Jaime. Four Miniatures for Bassoon and Flute feature Kathryn Sleeper and Ernesto Fernandez. Eduardo Martinez performs the solo flute work Xandre. Available August 8, 2013.

Tim Shade performed PARALLAX in April at Bethel College Band, Thomas Sleeper guest conducting. A special video featuring the art works of Sherri Tan was projected for the performance. The concert also included Sleeper's Sapphire Overture and a new bandstration of Movement II from Sleeper's Symphony No. 2 .

Pianist, Zoe Zeniodi, in preparation for recording the complete Sleeper piano works , presented a series of two recitals Temenos I and Temenos II both in the United States and in Europe this spring and summer. The first in the series, March 24th at 8PM in Gusman Hall, Miami featured the US premiere of Parallages, which was written for Zeniodi and premiered on Crete in 2010.

The Navy Band, under the direction of Captain Brian O. Walden recorded Sleeper's Chamber Concerto for Alto Saxophone and the songcycle, Through A Glass Darkly this past summer as has just released this CD called "Discoveries". The Navy Band has commissioned a new large work (Symphony No. 3 "Ex Nihilo") for 2013 to be recorded and presented on their national tour.

The Florida Youth Orchestra premiered Sleeper's Symphony No. 2 "Little Leylie", November 25 at Bailey Hall in Dainia, Florida.

Greater Miami Youth Orchestra performed Sleeper's orchestral overture Hana's Day Out for Festival Miami October 21, 2012 under the direction of HuiFang Chen who premiered the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra this past March befor recording the work with the Brno Philharmonic. GMYS performs Hana's Day Out again Sunday, October 28th at the Gusman Hall Downtown Miami, 4PM

Santiago Rodriguez, premiered revised version Sleeper's Marina on Festival Miami 2012- review here

Trudy Kane, former Principal Flute of the Metropolitan Opera and current Professor of Music at the Frost School, premiered Sleeper's Concerto for Fute and Flute Orchestra November 2012 with conductor Andrés Jaime the will perform the work again in recitla March 24 and record the work afterwards.

Tim Shade performed PARALLAX in the piano version this past November at Bethel College. The work is recieving its European premiere this spring with the Belgium Guides Military Band in Belgium under conductor David Ramael with Olivier Haas Euphonium soloist.

Jennifer Tipton directed performanes of one of Sleeper's operas : The Sisters Antipodes November 16th and 17th in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Trombonist Tim Connor recorded Translucence for Trombone and Orchestra with the Brno Philharmonic under the direction of Zoe Zendiodi.

Dale Underwood, internationally acclaimed saxophone soloist, recorded Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra with the Brno Philharmonic, Sleeper coducting.

Huifang Chen recorded Concerto for Violin and Orchestra with the Brno Philharmonic, Sleeper coducting. Ms. Chen premiered this work in March with conductor Andres Jaime and the Greater Miami Youth Symphony.

Zoe Zeniodi again presented several of Sleeper's works at the Casa dei Mezzo Music Festival on Crete at the end of June. La Noche en la Isla, Lusingando for Soprano saxophone, and piano trio, and chamber version of the Concerto for Alto Saxophone which she premiered in 2010 with the Florida Youth Orchestra.

Sleeper recorded the score to the documentary The Silver Mirror with the Brno Philhamronic this May. The recording features pianist Marina Radiushina and soprano Hana Skarková .

Zoe Zeniodi, who conducted the premiere of recorded Translucence recorded the work with the Brno Philharmonic.

Greater Miami Youth Symphony performed Hana's Dau Out with Music Direcor HuiFang Chen this Sunday, May 6th in Miami, Florida.

Flavio Gabriel, trumpet, performed the Concerto for Trumpet with the Banda Sinfónica do Conservatorio de Tatui, Maestro Dario Sotelo conducting, March 24, 2012.

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra recieved its premiere March 17, 2012 with Violinist Huifang Chen and the Greater Miami Youth Orchestra, Andrés Jiame, conductor. Sleeper's Violin Concerto Receives an Exceptional Premiere

Dale Underwood, internationally acclaimed saxophone soloist gave the premiere of the Concerto for Alto Saxophone in a new version scored for band with The Navy Band, under the direction of Captain Brian O. Walden in January at the 2012 International Saxophone Symposium in Fairfax, Virginia. Underwood performed the concerto twice more this season in Florida with Ensemble 21 and conductor Zoe Zedniodi again and Ohio.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Cristian Macelaru performed Hana's Day Out December 2nd.

Flavio Gabriel, trumpet, gave the South American premiere of the Concerto for Trumpet with the Banda Sinfónica do Estado de São Paulo, Maestro Sadao Shirakawa conducting.

Tim Shade premiered PARALLAX for Euponium and Wind Ensemble in Wichita, Kansas, September 17 with guest conductor Gary Green.

Zoe Zeniodi premiered a new solo piano work written for her, a theme and set of variations - "Parallages" , on Saturday, June 25th at the Cassa dei Mezzo Music Festival on Crete.

The FSU Symphony , under the direction of Dr. Alex Jimenez, performed "Cthonic Dance" the final movement of Sleeper's Symphony No. 1 in Tallahassee, Florida, February 28, 2011.

Saxophonist Dale Underwood. premiered the new Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra with the Florida Youth Orchestra, Zoe zeniodi, conducting in November 2010 in Dania, Florida. Subsequenrt performances have taken place in Ohio, Virginia, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and Miami Florida.

September 1, Albany Records released a CD with Sleeper's Symphony No. 1 , XENIA and Six Arias for Cello. Performers includ: tenor John Duykers, cellist Ashley Garritson, Conductors Paul Phillips and Zoe Zeniodi; The Russian National Orchestra, Meadows Symphony Orchestra and Frost Symphony Orchestra. In addition to Albany Records -- the recording is available on iTunes, emusic and Amazon.com among others.

Sleeper is now working on music for the documentary film The Silver Mirror directed by Ali Habashi.

John Duykers, tenor and Zoe Zeniodi, conductor, premiered Sleeper's new orchestral song cycle XENIA in February with the Frost SYmphony Orchestra. Based on the novel The Love Artist by Jane Alison, this is the cmoposer's second collaboration with author Jane Alison. Dykers and Zeniodi recorded the work. The recording will be commercially released with Sleeper's Symphony No. 1.

Sleeper's 2 newest operas "The Sisters Antopodes" in collaboration with author Jane Alison, and "Beatrice Bends for Her Blue Ball" in collaboration with librettist Alan Johnson and author Anne Kuite, premiered on Festival Miami, October 13, in Gusman Concert Hall in Miami, Florida. Dean Southern, Stage Director with Zoe Zeniodi conducting members of the Frost Symphony Orchestra and Opera theatre. Second performances came Saturday November 21 on Wall to Wall Opera at the Univeristy of Miami under the direction of Alan Johnson.

Francesco Mastromatteo premired Sleeper's Sonata for Cello and Piano with pianist Elena Zyl on the Spring Harmony Series August 8th in Dallas TX.

Sleeper's first Symphony was one of 7 finalists for the first Europen American Musical Association's Prize.Excerpts from the symphony premiere may be seen here.

Craig Morris performed Sleeper's Concerto for Trumpet with the Frost Wind Ensemble in Gusman Hall April 28.

Tim Conner premiered Sleeper's Translucence for Trombone and Orchestra on Saturday March 7, 2009 with the Frost Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Zoe Zeniodi. See performance on YouTube.

Steven Burnes conducted "Lullaby for Chelsea Rose" with the Florida Youth Orchestra at Mizner Park in Boca Raton in March. This music was featured in the film "One Water".

Sleeper's third string quartet, commissioned by the Delray String Quartet, was completed this summer. The Delray Quartet premiered the work in February 2009 on their series in the Colony Hotel in Delray Beach, Florida.

Cellist Jillian Bloom performed the premiere of Sleeper's Concerto for Cello (which was written for Bloom) in Carnegie Hall this past March with the Florida Youth Orchestra. Short rehearsal video is available here.

Paul Phillips conducted the premiere Sleeper's Symphony No.1 with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra in Dallas, Texas November 30 and December 2, 2007 at Caruth Auditorium.. The symphony was one of 7 finalists for the first Europen American Musical Association's Prize.Excerpts from the symphony premiere may be seen here.

Stefan de Lavel Jezierskil performed the Europen premiere of Sleeper's Concerto for Horn with the Sinfonie Orchester Schöenberg, Stanley Dodds conductor, November 10th in the Berlin Philharmonie.

Live performance of Sleeper's Trumpet Concerto on YouTube now. 2005 performance with Craig Morris and the CCOM Wind Ensemble in Beijing, composer conducting.

Leylie's Great Escape, a new 1 minute work for orchestra was premiered October 10th by the Frost Symphony in Gusman Hall in Miami. The work is a parody of the peculiar crawl exhibited by my 1 year old - Leyla Michelle.(see performance on YouTube)

Sleeper's Concerto for Trumpet (as recorded by Gary Green and the Frost Wind Ensemble - Craig Morris soloist) was released on the NAXOS Wind Band Classics label this October. The most recent performance was in April 2007 by XIAO XiaoHu in Beijing, PRC with the EOS orchestra, JING Jinyi, conducting.NAXOS Podcast with conductor Gary Green -: www.naxos.com/podcasts/gary_green_podcast.mp3

All Sleeper CD's recorded on the Albany Label are now available for download on itunes.

The Del Ray String Quartet performed the "Sacre" movement from Sleeper's second String Quartet February 24th on their series at the Colony Hotel in Del Ray Beach.

Sleeper's Opera "Last Minute" and excerpts from "Small Change" were performed by members the Frost Opera Theater under the direction of Alan Johnson in a program titled "Spotlight on American Opera" this past fall.

John Bannon conducted Sapphire Overture with the University of Tampa Wind Ensemble in Concert February 8th.

The completed score to "One Water" was recorded this June in Moscow with the Russian National Orchestra.

My fourth opera has just been completed."Last Minute" is an absurdly short "opera" for soprano, baritone, string quartet, four male props and 2 video screens.Lasting exactly one minute, the drama is set in a bus station and deals with existance, love and death. All distilled and presented with a surprise twist at the end. Premiere was Wednesday, February 15 in Miami which happened to be the day before my 50th birthday -- an appropriate "last Minute". Set banners provided by my wife, Sherri Tan Sleeper. Sofia Kraevska was the conductor, Stephanie Martinez, soprano and Eric Thomas, baritone. Domagoj and Melina Ivanlvic, Patricia Rudisill and Susan Moyer made the string quartet. ts

"One Water" was performed several times with live orchestras in 2006. The Frost Symphony Orchestra performed the work Saturday February 18, in Gusman Concert Hall in Coral Gables, Florida and the Florida Youth Orchestra performed the same work the 19th of February at the Amaturo Theater in Ft. Lauderdale with Huifang Chen, conductor. A chamber orchestra version performed at the Florida Room Documentary Festival on Miami Beach for thier opening night February 9 with members of the Frost Symphony.

 

"The Dreams of Giordano Bruno", a signed, very limited edition of 25 hardbound books containing three sets of seven miniatures: images, text and the music, is now available for sale. The images are the work of Sherri Tan Sleeper and the music is Sleeper's Seven Miniatures for Violin and Piano.

Seven Deadly Dwarfs for solo horn was performed by Guglielmo Manfredi Wednesday October 5th at the Uiversity of Miami School of Music. Sleeper's Seven Miniatures for violin and piano was premiered that evening as well with HuiFang Chen, violin and Sleeper, piano.

 

 

Sleeper's Trumpet Concerto was performed March 24th, 2005 for the opening night of the Beijing Contemporary Music Festival in Beijing, PRC. Craig Morris,for whom the concerto was written, appeared as soloist with the composer conducting.

 

The Florida Youth Orchestra performed Sleeper's score to the film "One Water" in a live production with HD video at the Millennium Stage in the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. March 23, 2005. Dr. Bryce Seliger was the conductor.

The Florida Atlantic University Orchestra, Dr. Bryce Seliger, conductor, performed Sleeper's Six Hemingway Songs for soprano and orchestra in Boca Raton November 4, 2004. (The song cycle was permiered at the Key West Music Festival and was recorded by Tenor David Crawford with the Key West Festival Orchestra on the Cane Record label.)

The USF Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Michael Robinson performed Sleeper's Trumpet Concerto with Jay Coble of the Florida Orchestra in Tampa in October and December of 2004.

"Hana's Day Out"- Sleeper's orchestra version of "Sapphire Overture" for band was performed this May by the Flordia Youth Orchestra under the direction of Associate Conductor Dr. Bryce Seliger. The work was also performed by the Dade County All-County Orchestra.

Conductor Dan Belongia with Thomas Sleeper after the Florida premiere of Sapphire Overture which Dan conducted with the University of Miami Symphonic Winds.

 

 

 

New Internet eCard service added. Now you can send Free eCards with various images (including many from the Florida Everglades taken for Sleeper's multimedia project "Dreaming in Sound and Color") and your own text.Some cute new songs improvised by Angela, his 6 year old daughter are an audio option!

 

The Greensboro Symphony Orchestra performed Sleeper's Prometheus et Psyche for as series of children's concerts with Resident Conductor Bruce Kiesling this fall. Sleeper recently appeared as Guest Conductor with the Greensboro Symphony in a concert of American music including works by Schuman and Copland in a multimedia presentation with phototchoreographer James Westwater.

 

Gary Green and The University of Miami Wind Ensemble gave the world premiere of Sleeper's Concerto for Trumpet with Craig Morris, soloist October 13, 2003 as part of the Festival Miami. The performance was broadcast live over the internet. A rehearsal video clip is now available.

Conductor Gary Green has recorded Sleeper's Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble for Albany records. Craig Morris is Professor of Trumpet at UM and the former Principal Trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Download pdf version of the full score or listen to excerpts now.

 

Concerto for Horn and Orchestra has been released by Albany records.

"The high point of Saturday's Festival Miami opener was the world premiere of his concerto for French Horn and Orchestra...accessible, effective, amiable...a melodious vehicle...first movement sets up a pulsing aura of mystery...Prokofiev-like swagger...Overall effect of the 20 minute concerto is simply that of a tightly constructed, sophisticatedly crafted...score...echoes not only of sardonic Prokofiev, but also Shostakovich and Mahler...yet the concerto is not much less identifiably Sleeper's than, say, Barber's music is Barber's.""[It recreates] old [worlds] nostalgically and eloquently..." Miami Herald (James Roos) 9/19/00

Sleeper was commissioned by a consortium of 20 college, community and high school bands to write a new work which will premiere in October 2003. The nine minute rollicking overture for Symphonic Band is titled "Sapphire Overture" Midi realization available now.

Sleeper's music for "One Water", a documentary film about water as a limited resource in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Miami was recorded by the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra (North Carolina).

Suite "Bergonzi" for Orchestra was performed by the Florida Youth Orchestra. Jillian Bloom was the cello soloist. The work was recorded by Cane Records which also recorded his "Jungle Harp".

Aceldama, Sleeper's first opera, was released by Albany Records January 1, 2003. The recording features soprano Sandra Lopez, baritone Tom Barrett, tenors David Crawford and Russell Thomas with the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony and UM Chorale. The work has been performed as a suite in Europe, Asia and the North America.

Gramophone Magazine in July 2003 states: "Thomas Sleeper: a gifted composer writing in a rigorous yet attractive tonal idiom...showing Sleeper's gift for string writing that is attractive while avoiding soupiness."

Thomas Sleeper's "La Noche en la Isla" was performed in Houston, Texas by the Florida Chamber Players for the regional NATS convention. Jana Young, soprano; Russell Young, piano; Margaret Donaghue, clarinet.

String Quartet No. 2 - “Bergonzi”, was premiered at Festival Miami this past fall by the Bergonzi String Quartet. The ensemble recently returned from a succesful tour the east coast with the new quartet this October.


Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble was performed by Gary Green and the University of Miami Wind Ensemble with Yamilka Silvestrini as soloist in October on Festival Miami. Silvestrini and Green recorded the concerto in November. The recording has been released by Albany Records TROY525. The recording is also available through Uroboros Music.

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The University of Miami Opera Theater premiered Sleeper’s third opera, Small Change in February and March with Dr. Russell Young, Stage Director and John Bannon, Conductor.

 

 


The Youth Orchestra of Florida gave the premier of Sleeper’s “Nubia ala Bergonzi” in New York’s Carnegie Hall in April with Dr. Lynn Luce conducting. The work was part of a larger suite which Dr. Luce conducted with the Florida Youth Orchestra in Ft. Lauderdale in May featuring Jillian Bloom, cellist. Sleeper's Suite ala Bergonzi was recorded and is available from Cane Records.

 


Dreaming in Sound and Color
: Sleeper’s multimedia presentation on the Everglades which incorporates digital photography, film and original music was shown in public performances in and around Miami in September and October.

A smaller version (121 MB) of Dreaming in Sound and Color remains available as a free download from the University of Miami School of Music Web site. DOWNLOAD

 

 

 

The Jungle Harp Suite was performed by the Florida All-State 9th and 10th Grade Orchestra at the Florida Music Educator’s Convention in Tampa. The complete Jungle Harp with Narrator was performed by the Youth Orchestra of Florida at Gusman Theater for the Temple Beth Am Series with the late Bob Weaver as narrator. The Jungle Harp was recorded by the Youth Orchestra of Florida and is available from Cane Records.