Presented by Firebird Ensemble:

Performed and premiered by Talea Ensemble

Hagall is an epic work which was completed by Jeffrey Holmes in August of 2015. The project was a result of a collaboration between composer Jeffrey Holmes, commissioning organization JFNMC, Presenter - Firebird Ensemble and Talea Ensemble who presented the enthusiastically received world premiere in March, 2016 @ Roulette in NYC. Talea is also producing a recording for future release. Check Jeffrey Holmes' website for more information:

The title comes from the old Runic word for hail (as in a hailstorm). Hagall is also a dramatic representation of turbulent winter storms and references an "end". The Runic language is also accompanied by ancient poems of unknown or lost origin.

Hail is cold grain,
and shower of sleet,
and sickness of serpents.


Stay tuned for more information about this summer series in Altadena, CA!

Beth Morrison Projects Present


7.00pm, December 3rd, 2015
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

PenelopeComposed by Sarah Kirkland Snider
Soloist - Carla Kihlstedt with Firebird Ensemble Presented by Beth Morrison Projects

Inspired by Homer's epic poem, the Odyssey, Snider's Song Cycle, Penelope is a meditation on memory, identity, and what it means to come home.
Penelope has been described by Pitchfork as "gorgeous...a hauntingly vivid psychological portrait, one that explores a dark scenario with a light, almost quizzical touch, finding poetic resonances everywhere." 

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Click here to visit Penelope's website.

Discover more about the artists:
Carla Kihlstedt
Sarah Kirkland Snider
Beth Morrison Projects

Young Audiences of Massachusetts Presents


Throughout Winter/Spring 2015-2016

Eeyore has a Birthday by Jon Deak, is a thrilling and delightful musical setting of A.A.Milne‚Äôs story from the Winnie-the-Pooh series, one of the most delightful literary collections for children. Each instrument plays a role in the story; the ever-mournful Eeyore is personified by the viola; gastronomically oriented Pooh Bear by the double bass; and the eager, bumbling Piglet by the piano.

This program is presented in collaboration with Young Audiences of Massachusetts - dedicated to bringing live music to school children in MA. To book please email: or ph: 617 639 9262

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BMOP Sound CD Release:


Featuring Kate Vincent - Soloist 

Donald Crockett's new orchestral CD, Blue Earth was recently released by BMOP/sound. The recording opens with Wedge - a virtuosic overture inspired by the infamous wave break in Southern California. Next on the recording is the colorful and expressive Viola Concerto featuring Firebird Ensemble's Artistic Director - Kate Vincent as soloist & members of Firebird Ensemble in concertino roles. The CD concludes with the evocative and expansive Blue Earth (a sinfonia concertante for full orchestra in five movements). All works on the CD are conducted by Gil Rose and performed by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. 
Blue Earth is available for purchase at

Discover more about the artists:
Donald Crockett

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