BCGS Commission Award
In 2006, the BCGS Artistic Advisor Manuel Barrueco initiated a new program called “BCGS Commission Award” where a young and talented composer is commissioned to write a piece for the BCGS to be premiered during our concert season.
The first BCGS Commission Award went to composer Christopher Gainey who wrote Chupacabra for two guitars, which was premiered during our Yount Talent Concert on November 12, 2006 by Duo Transatlantique. The new piece was subsequently published and distributed world-wide by Vogt&Fritz in Germany.
The second BCGS Commission Award went to Gabriela Lena Frank who wrote Inca Dances for guitar and string quartet. The new work was premiered on April 19, 2008 by Manuel Barrueco and Cuarteto Latinoamericano and will be released on a CD in the 2008-2009 season. Inca Dances is published by G. Shirmer Inc. in New York and won a 2009 Latin GRAMMY Award for “Best Classical Contemporary Composition.”
The third BCGS Commission Award was given to Matthew Cmiel, who wrote a solo work for classical guitar in two movements: I Wasted Time and Now Doth Time Waste Me. The work was premiered during our Yount Talent Concert on March 29, 2009, by Max Zuckerman.
The fourth BCGS Commission Award was given to Christopher William Pierce, who wrote a work for classical guitar duo in three movements: Three Pieces for Two Guitars. The work was premiered during our Yount Talent Concert on February 7, 2010, with the ChromaDuo (Tracy Anne Smith & Rob McDonald).
In honor of our 25th Anniversary, the BCGS has commissioned four new works for the classical guitar from these composers, in alphabetical order: John Belkot composed a solo guitar piece called “Der duft des winters” which was performed by Andrew Poxon; Joshua Bornfield composed a guitar quartet called “Murmurs” which was performed by the Atlantic Guitar Quartet; Scott Lee composed a solo guitar work called “To Build a House” performed by Oscar Somersalo; and Elizabeth Nonemaker composed a guitar duo called “Old Habits, Similar Patters” performed by Jeremy Lutty and Meng Su.
The works were premiered in a sold-out concert celebrating these Baltimore area composers and the artists that performed them on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 2pm in the Recital Hall of Towson University Center for the Arts. Ronald Pearl conducted in interview with each of the composers before their respective world-premieres. The commissions were supported by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, creator of the Baker Artists Awards, www.BakerArtistAwards.org and the Citizens of Baltimore County.
In honor of its 30th Anniversary in 2017-2018, the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society commissioned four young Baltimore-based composers to write works inspired by “Charm City.” And the project received the name “Made in Baltimore.”
- Jordan Chase composed a solo guitar work called “Nevermore” which was inspired by the theories surrounding the death of Edgar Allan Poe and performed was performed by Mengyi Li.
- Gabriel Bouche Caro composed a solo guitar piece called “…of unnoticed charm” which was inspired by the small specific details of architecture in the Mount Vernon area in Baltimore and performed by Jesse Washburn.
- Edmund Scott Miller composed a guitar duo called “Storied” and sought inspiration in the rich history of Baltimore, the cityscape of many-storied buildings, and most importantly, the socio-economic ‘strata’ that divide up the city geographically and culturally. The work was performed by Zoe Johnstone Stewart and Jeremy Lyons.
- Samuel Winnie composed a guitar trio called “Esplanade”; a tone poem inspired by the Inner Harbor in Baltimore in which he describes his general feelings towards the harbor in its present state, beauty and malady alike. The work was performed by Katie Cho, Connor Milstead, and Shon Stelman.
The commissions were supported by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, creator of the Baker Artists Awards, www.BakerArtistAwards.org and the Citizens of Baltimore County.