Described as “…scintillating writing”, “skillful… unexpected mystery”, “…a virtual concerto for orchestra”…”such a rewarding release” (FANFARE Magazine), and “a colorful, energetic, and attractive symphony” (Classical Candor) — I’m really grateful to be up for consideration in THREE categories for the 2023 Recording Academy / GRAMMYs Grammy Awards. The team at Cedille Records and the musicians … Read more
Stephenson’s monumental 2nd Symphony – VOICES – received a wonderful performance during “The President’s Own” US Marine Band’s European tour during July, 2022. Performed inside the historic Žofín Palace in the center of Prague, in a program including famed Karel Husa’s “Music for Prague”, and the premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s “Aspire”, it was a night … Read more
Stephenson’s young-audience adventure – “Once Upon a Symphony” – received a standout performance by “The President’s Own” US Marine Orchestra, and recorded on video. It was conducted by Major Ryan Nowlin, and featured the composer as guest narrator. The video will be part of their fall release to be sent to young audiences across the … Read more
On August 12, 2022, Marie (Mimi) Tachouet (Lyric Opera’s principal flutist) premiered “American Portraits”, Stephenson’s new Sonata for Flute and Piano, with Kay Kim on piano. One of the highlights of the NFA‘s Friday night gala concert, the premiere can be heard here. The work was commissioned by the Chicago Flute Club.