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“Dachau Lied”

“The Holocaust has become one of the most frequently invoked catalysts for composition in the 20th century–and now, beyond. It is also one of the most problematic. The risk of not doing justice to an event of such unbelievable horror must weigh like a heavy stone upon a composer’s mind…Those challenges were present in the […]

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“Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra: The Clearing”

“The writing in Mr. Richman’s Oboe Concerto is very well suited to the oboe. The flowing melodies are very attractive and fit the lyrical and melancholic tendencies of the oboe so nicely. The technical passages, although difficult at times, seem to fall under the fingers very comfortably. What a beautiful and alluring addition to the oboe repertoire. […]

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“Reindeer Variations”

“They were also involved in the next piece, Reindeer Variations by Lucas Richman…This set of variations, based on the names of Santa’s reindeer, was a little less serious but confirmed his talent for composition. At the beginning of each variation a member of the youth choir held up a sign with the name of the […]

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“Reindeer Variations”

“We were prepared to chuckle, but we weren’t prepared to hear so many delightful variations of orchestrations: sometimes melodic with exquisite grace; sometimes playful as in sparkle; sometimes jazzy and syncopated as in burlesque; and always interesting.”

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“An Overture to Blanche”

“Richman opened the concert with one of his own works, An Overture to Blanche, an 11-minute concert expansion on part of his incidental music for the recent Clarence Brown Theatre production of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. As a solo tenor sax passage sets the stage, I found myself pleasantly immersed in the smoky, jazzy environs […]

“Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra: The Clearing”

PSOliloquy “The recording’s most successful work by far—an enjoyable and admirable work—is the Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra (2006). Subtitled The Clearing it is a seventeen-minute, single-movement tone poem that seems to begin in medias res. Commissioned by Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida, the Symphony’s principal oboe, The Clearing refers to the peace evoked in Psalm 23. DeAlmeida sings with an astonishing […]

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“Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant”

“The half-hour composition, with the celebrated poet [Jack Prelutsky] narrating, proved to be a hit with the young audiences at the four youth concerts and the Sunday Family Festival Concert, all under the enthusiastic direction of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra’s Assistant Conductor, Philip Mann.  Richman’s clever orchestration mirrored Prelutsky’s imaginative texts and gave the […]

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“Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: In Truth”

One immediately sensed that the volume level in the lobby of the Tennessee Theatre at intermission of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra concerts last week was quite a bit higher than usual following the occasion of the world premiere of Maestro Lucas Richman’s new piano concerto, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: In Truth. “Abuzz” might be a […]

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“Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: In Truth”

The Bangor Symphony Orchestra captivated and awed concertgoers Sunday afternoon with a program that left them asking the question: Who, as Americans, are we? Are we the past of Peggy Stuart Coolidge’s Pioneer Dances when settlers pushed westward, settling a continent? Are we the vast industrial nation, struggling to welcome all to our shores that Antonin Dvorak wrote about […]

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Arts Knoxville (Strauss-Alpine Symphony, 2014)

The journey that was the satisfying second half of the KSO’s evening began in the dim light before dawn, climbed to the mountain heights through forest, glacier, and waterfall, braved untold dangers and a storm, only to return home at day’s end chastened by the ennobling experience. That journey was Richard Strauss’ programmatic tone poem, […]