STEPHENSON premieres/conducts first opera

On June 11, 2023, CÅRABOO – the true story of a false princess – had its world premiere in Lake Forest, IL. Jim Stephenson conducted the International Chamber Artists chamber orchestra in a new score he created after the libretto by Matt Boresi. The one-act opera featured the vocal talents of Jessica Usherwood, soprano (Princess … Read more

STEPHENSON’s OCTET performed at Minnesota Orchestra

Stephenson’s Octet (for winds), inspired by Stravinsky’s composition using the same forces, was given its professional premiere performance by members of the Minnesota Orchestra on June 4, 2023. Said trombonist Doug Wright after the performance: “I love the Octet and hope to play it again, hopefully in the not-too-distant future“. Click below to hear it … Read more

STEPHENSON conducts/premieres music with Traverse Symphony Orchestra

In March, 2023, Jim Stephenson was invited to guest conduct the Traverse Symphony Orchestra in an exciting program centered around spring, dance, and Martha Graham. Much of the program – below – was captured on Interlochen Public Radio (IPR) STEPHENSON – Printemps (for string orchestra) STEPHENSON – Martha Uncaged, Concerto for trumpet      Ken … Read more

STEPHENSON piano concerto premiered.

Jim Stephenson’s piano concerto premiered at the New Hampshire Music Festival (Paul Polivnick), and was subsequently performed by the Traverse Symphony Orchestra (Kevin Rhodes). On both occasions, Jeffrey Biegel was the soloist. The TSO performance can be heard here.