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• March 17, 2015 – Guitarist Luther Enloe performed a program of "Music from Spain and the Americas" that included Curtis Bryant's The Brumby Variations for solo guitar on a faculty recital at Emory University's Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.  Concert time was at 8:00 PM

• March 10, 2015 – 8:00PM, Faculty Recital at Georgia State University, Kopleff Recital Hall, featuring guitarist Luther Enloe on a program of "Music from Spain and the Americas."  Included on the program was an encore performance of Curtis Bryant's 1987 composition for solo guitar: "Variations on a Children's Theme," The Brumby Variations

• January 17, 2015• January 17, 2015• February 17, 2015 – Soprano Arietha Lockhart and pianist Todd Skrabanek performed Curtis Bryant and Stephen Bluestone's song cycle The Laughing Monkeys of Gravity on a program of music by contemporary Atlanta composers at Inman Park United Methodist Church. The program began at 7:00 PM.

• January 17, 2015 – Mezzo-Soprano Karen Leigh-Post performed Bryant's song I Am the Rose of Sharon, an arrangement for medium voice with flute and piano from the cycle Song of Songs on a faculty recital at Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin.  The song is published in the anthology American Art Song for the Sacred Service, edited by Dr. Leigh-Post, published by Classical Vocal Reprints, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

• J• January, 2015 – Curtis Bryant released a new single track of Joe Hill's Last Will, a folk-style setting of the last Joe Hill's Last
                                                          Willwritten lines by union activist Joe Hill.  Written on the night before he was wrongfully executed by a Utah firing squad for a murder that he did not commit, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of this civil atrocity.  Singer, guitarist, violinist Vladdy Iskhakov performed the song with recording engineering by John Jarret.  The track can be purchased as a digital download on CD Baby and iTunes.

• October, 2014 – The WORLD PREMIERE of The Brumby Variations (Variations on a Children's Theme) by Curtis Bryant for guitar solo will be featured on a concert by acclaimed classical guitarist Luther Enloe at the 2014 Georgia Guitar Festival, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega Campus, Shott Performance Hall, Friday, October 3 at 7:00 PM.  Guitarist
                                                          Luther EnloeDr. Enloe will give additional performances of Bryant's work on three more concerts: Georgia State University, Faculty Arts Series, Tuesday October 14, 8:00 PM, Kopleff Recital Hall; Troy University, John M. Long School of Music, Thursday, October 16, 7:00 PM, Sorrell Chapel, Troy, Alabama; and finally on a program at Atlanta's Cathedral of St. Philip, Sunday, October 26, 3:15 PM, 2744 Peachtree Rd., NW.

• NEW FILM PROJECT IN THE WORKS.  Fundraising has begun for a new documentary The Riddle of War, written by Kevin McCarey and produced by Renee Bishop.  Curtis Bryant will provide original music and coordinate additional music selections for the film, which explores the deep question: why does mankind go to war, and can there be an end to war. View the trailer on the Riddle of War website.

• April 5, 2014 – Curtis Bryant's setting of Psalm 121 I Lift My Eyes for chorus and organ will be performed in concert by Collegium Vocale AtlantaCollegium Vocale at Glenn Memorial Auditorium on the Emory University campus, Saturday, April 5 at 8:00 PM.  The text adaptation for the psalm setting was written by native Atlanta poet Doug Cumming, who serves on the faculty of Washington and Lee University.  Originally composed for a Faith Partners Residency sponsored by the American Composers Forum (2009-10), Bryant's setting formed a part of a lenten vespers service Redeemer Evening Prayer, composed for the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta.  Dr. Kevin Hibbard will direct the performance, featuring organist Leanne Herrmann.  A pre-concert talk will be given by Dr. Hibbard at 7:30 PM.

• March 21, 2014 – Pianist LuAnn Latzanich will perform the Adagio from Bryant's Sonatina on a recital at North Fayette United Methodist Church, 847 New Hope Road in Fayetteville.  This will be the first public performance of this work, which was originally composed for Jerome Brumby.  The recital starts at 7:00PM and is free and open to the public.

• February, 2014 – Curtis Bryant recently completed original theme, credits and transitions music for the new web Bad Indian Web Seriescomedy series Bad Indian.  Written and produced by Janaki Tambe, the episodes are about an unemployed, unmarried 30-something woman who moves back in with her parents and finds her life going from bad to worse.  Bad Indian can be viewed online on YouTube.  New episodes are being released weekly every Wednesday through the month of March.  Stay tuned...

•  January, 2014 – The official release of the video game StreetKix: Freestyle for Sony PlayStation Portable came on January 7 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.  StreetKix: Freestyle is the first release of 2014 for the StreetKix: FreestyleSony PSP format.  The game, co-developed by Hoplite Research Games of Oakland, California and the Brazilian company Ilusis Interactive Graphics, tells the story of a boy named Leozinho (Little Lion), who competes with street soccer tricks while using a rhythm-based gameplay.  The tournaments take place in three different neighborhoods with hip-hop, punk and metal rock, and electric Asian musical styles.  Music for the game's duels, bosses and minigames was created by Atlanta composers Curtis Bryant and E. M. Watson.  View the StreetKix Trailer with opening screen music by Curtis Bryant.

•  The Capitol City Opera's production of The Secret Agent The Secret
                          Agent - opera(music by Curtis Bryant, libretto by Allen Reichman) makes the "most notable performances" list in the Arts Atlanta Year in Review!  See the full article under the header "Opera's Revival Path."

  Score and instrumental parts of Curtis Bryant's QUINTET FOR WOODWINDS AND PIANO (published by Lux Nova Press, 2003) is now available Curtis Bryant Quintet in Amazon Storefrom (ISBN-10: 1631620088; ISBN-13: 978-1631620089; ASIN: B004BH7RG8). Scoring is for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, Bassoon, and Piano.  Listen to the Bryant's quintet as performed live at the Piccolo Spoleto USA Festival with Kim French, flute; Carol Beyer, oboe; Bill Hudgens, clarinet; Thomas Tatman, bassoon and Cary Lewis, piano.

•  November 19, 2013 – Bryant's commissioned work for the 2013 GMTA Conference, "A Psalm to David, to David a Psalm," will be given a reprise performance at 8:15 PM in the Townsend Center Proscenium Theatre at the University of West Georgia.  Dr. Kevin Hibbard will direct the UWG Concert Choir on a program of choral music.  The new work is a setting of Stephen Bluestone's poem from his recent volume "The Flagrant Dead," published by Mercer University Press.

•  November 9, 2013 – Curtis Bryant will be presenting a paper at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) 2014 Conference in Atlanta at the Buckhead Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.  Bryant's paper, entitled "Adapting Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent from Novel to Opera," will be featured at a special session of the Joseph Conrad Society, chaired by Hunt Hawkins of the University of South Florida (Session#231, 4:30 PM).  Later on Saturday evening there will be a special screening of the entire Bryant-Reichman opera The Secret Agent (Suwanee Room, 8:30 PM).

•  November 8, 2013 – The WORLD PREMIERE of "A Psalm to David, to David a Psalm" for a cappella choir SATB will be performed as the commissioned work at the 2013 GMTA Conference.  The new work is a setting of Stephen Bluestone's poem from his recent volume "The Flagrant Dead," published by Mercer University Press.  Dr. Kevin Hibbard will direct the University of West Georgia Chamber Choir in the premiere performance.

•  August 8, 2013 – NEW YORK PREMIERE – Curtis Bryant's song cycle "The Laughing Monkeys of Gravity," a setting of poems by award winning poet Stephen Bluestone will receive a premiere performance by soprano Arietha Lockhart and pianist Sunny Knable on a program of music and poetry at the landmark Cornelia Street Cafι in New York's Greenwich Village.  Located at 29 Cornelia Street, the historic dining and performance venue hosts over 700 shows per year, ranging from poetry readings to jazz and cabaret.  "The Laughing Monkeys of Gravity" is one of five collaborative works by Bryant and Bluestone.  Ms. Lockhart recently won 3rd Place in The American Prize Vocal Competition, Women's opera category.  Congratulations Arietha! 

•  2013 MTNA-GA Commission – Curtis Bryant is the commissioned composer for this year's Music Teachers Georgia Music Teachers
                          AssociationNational Association Georgia Music Teachers Association conference, which will be held November 7-9 on the campus of the University of West Georgia.  Bryant will compose a new work for the University Chamber Choir, directed by Kevin Hibbard.  Beyond the conference premiere, the new work will be submitted for performance at the MTNA National conference in Chicago, March, 2014. 

•  April 13, 2013 – Soprano Laurel Aberle performed Bryant's song cycle of three biblical songs "The Song of Songs" on her masters degree voice recital at Kemp Recital Hall, Illinois State University School of Music.

April 2013 – THE SECRET AGENT is on YouTube.  I am pleased to announce that the complete opera can be viewed in its entirety or by the scene on Curtis Bryant's YouTube channel.  Watch it now!  Please leave comments and "like" it.

•  March 2013 – Press Coverage of THE SECRET AGENT world premiere was quite extensive
.  Listen to the interview with composer Curtis Bryant and librettist Allen Reichman on Atlanta Public radio WABE-FM 90.1 on "City Cafe," a noontime program with host John Lemley.  Oglethorpe University post-graduate student Weston Manders produced a 9-minute "docufeature" on the Capitol City Opera creative team and bringing THE SECRET AGENT to the stageThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution posted a feature preview of the opera on the front page of "Living," March 11, 2013 (Access Atlanta) "Capitol City Opera hits milestone with premiere of The Secret Agent," and weekly publication Creative Loafing posted a feature interview with tenor Timothy Miller (Alexander Ossipon) in the March 12 edition of "Fresh Loaf."     

  As part of the promotional package for The Secret Agent, the Capitol City Opera Company is introducing a "Secret Agent" app for the iPad.  It includes audio samples, a puzzle, synopsis and information The Secret Agent Appabout the cast and crew as well as ticket and donation information
You can also interact with the website from a desktop or a smart phone.  Check it out!

•  IT'S OFFICIAL – SAVE THE DATES!  The Capitol City Opera Company will present the world premiere performancesTHE SECRET
                            AGENT – Capitol City Opera Company World
                            Premiere of Joseph Conrad's "THE SECRET AGENT", a two act opera by Curtis Bryant and Allen Reichman in a full production March 15, 16 and 17, 2013 at the Conant Center for Performing Arts on the Oglethorpe University campus.  Artistic director Michael Nutter and music directors Catherine and Michael Giel along with the CCO's outstanding production staff will bring this new American opera thriller set in 20th century London to the stage.  To support this project please visit the Capitol City Opera website where you can purchase tickets and make a tax deductible contribution. For more detail about the opera and the development of this production visit my new page on THE SECRET AGENT – CAPITOL CITY OPERA WORLD PREMIERE.  To read a full synopsis of scenes as well as listen to some music samples from student performances at Georgia State University follow this link to my opera pages.  

•  January 2013 – Curtis Bryant was featured in an article in the new online publication IMC Magazine in an interview/conversation with Lyssa Quallio.  IMC (International Music Conference) sponsors an annual event in Atlanta.  Bryant was a panelist at the conference this past August on the subject of music for video games.  Next year's Atlanta event will be held September 13-18.

•  July, 2012 – Curtis Bryant recently completed in-game music for a new psychological thriller game "The Enemy of Reason," produced by Dov Jacobson of Games that Work (Big Fun Development Corp.).  Bryant's original song  "Jump to the Conclusion" was given a polished finish by recording artists Bryan Cumming and David Toledo at Studio 23 in Nashville.

June-July, 2012 – Curtis Bryant was featured in the article "How I Got Into the Business" in the June-July issue of Oz Magazine.  Available both online and in print, Oz is a bi-monthly publication that focuses on film and television production news in Georgia.  Oz is also publisher of the Georgia Film and Television Sourcebook.   

January, 2012 – Curtis Bryant is nearing completion of a project to create music for a new Sony PSP game entitled StreetKix Freestyle Challenge.  The new Hoplite Research, LLCgame under development by Hoplite Research and Ilusis Interactive Graphics, will feature freestyle soccer duels scored to hip hop, punk & metal, and electric Asian styles.  Bryant is collaborating with composer and drummer E. M. Watson to produce over an hour of new interactive game music for duels, game bosses and mini-games.  This is Bryant and Watson's first collaborative composition project in the game music category.  For more details and a music sample, see "Games" page. 
Atlanta Schola Cantorum, Dec., 2011
December 17, 2011 – Saturday, 8:00 PM, The Atlanta Schola Cantorum, under the direction of John Whitt, featured Curtis Bryant's a cappella motet "The Lamb" on a program of polyphonic vocal music on the theme of "Angels and Shepherds."  Bryant's composition is a setting of William Blake's poem of the same title from "Songs of Innocence."  The concert was given at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Atlanta.  For more information about "The Lamb," publisher Lux Nova Press, and additional choral works by Curtis Bryant, visit my catalog page. 

January 24, 2011 – Monday, 8:00 PM, Soprano Chery Brendel performed Curtis Bryant's cycle of three Biblical songs, the "Song of Songs" in a doctoral recital in the Ramsey Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Center at the University of Georgia.  Ms. Brendel was accompanied by pianist Mary Beth Wickes and flutist Emily Harbin.

October 17, 2010 – Sunday, 4:00 PM, FAITH PARTNERS FINAL CONCERTA joint performance of all programs from Curtis Bryant's Atlanta Faith Partners Residency sponsored by the American Composers Forum was held at First Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Georgia.  Choirs and instrumentalists from three Atlanta congregations, Lutheran Atlanta Faith Partners Final Concert
                        ConsortiumChurch of the Redeemer, directed by David Hansen, Cathedral of Christ the King, directed by Kevin Culver, and First Presbyterian Church, directed by Will Breytspraak, participated in the concert.  Organists Tim Wissler and Sarah Hawbecker assisted.  Featured works included the complete "Redeemer Evening Prayer – A Lenten Vespers," including the "Prelude and Postlude: Fugue and Toccata on FA-SOL-LA RE" for organ solo, "I Lift My Eyes" (Psalm 121), "Canticle of Mary" and "Canticle of Simeon," and two Glorias.  Two additional psalm settings for choir and organ, "How Long, O God" and "I Sing of Light," as well as the "Hymn of Wisdom" for choir with brass quintet, organ and percussion were featured.  The vocal works on the program included original lyrics by four different poets with ties to Atlanta: William Allen, Stephen Bluestone, Doug Cumming and Marcia King.  The St. Cecilia Consort gave a repeat performance of Bryant's "Fantasy on Divinum Mysterium" for orchestra.  Craig Carnahan, Vice President of Programs for the American Composers Forum delivered the opening remarks.  The performance marked the conclusion of Bryant's two-year residency in the Faith Partners Program, which was created to enable religious institutions to select a composer to create original musical works appropriate for use in the worship service of participating congregations.  The three Atlanta congregations were chosen on the basis of their interest in and commitment to performing new music, their diversity, and their potential congruence.      

May 13, 2010 – Thursday, 6:00 PM, Squires Recital Hall, Lee University, Cleveland, Tennessee.  Soprano Kerry Wallen will perform Curtis Bryant's "Song of Songs," three Biblical songs for soprano, flute and piano on a graduate voice recital.

May 9, 2010 – Sunday, 12:00 Noon, WORLD PREMIERE of "I Sing of Light," a choral adaptation of Psalm 104 for women's choir (SA), music by Curtis Bryant, text by Stephen Bluestone.  The four-minute work will be performed by the Schola Nova (Women's Choir), directed by Kevin Culver during the noon mass at Cathedral of Christ the King, Atlanta, Georgia.  This work culminates the array of liturgical compositions created by Bryant for the Atlanta Faith Partners Residency sponsored by the American Composers Forum.  

April 25, 2010 – Sunday, 4:00 PM, Bryant's choral setting of Stephen Bluestone's text "Holiness Everywhere" will be featured on a program of music by Georgia composers given by The Choral Guild of Atlanta, directed by Clair Maxwell.  The concert will be held at Northside Drive Baptist Church, 3100 Northside Drive, Atlanta, GA.  Tickets are $15.

April 1, 2010 – Thursday, 7:00 PM, Covenant Presbyterian Church organist John Coble will perform Curtis Bryant's "Agnus Dei" in a keyboard realization as the prelude for the Maundy Thursday Tenebrae service.

March 19, 2010 – Friday, 7:30 PM, Curtis Bryant's "Divertimento for Strings" will be a featured work on a program by Georgia State University School of Music.  The University Symphony Orchestra directed by Michael Palmer will premiere the four-movement, 16-minute work for string orchestra at the Rialto Center for the Arts.  Admission is free.

February 28, 2010 – Sunday, 9:00 AM and 11:15 AM, the WORLD PREMIERE of Curtis Bryant's "Fantasy on Divinum Mysterium," for orchestra will be performed by the St. Cecilia Consort directed by Will Breytspraak.  The performances will be featured in the morning worship services at First Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Georgia.  The six minute orchestral fantasy on the Gregorian hymn was composed for the 2008-2010 Atlanta Faith Partners Program sponsored by the American Composers Forum for which Bryant is resident composer. 

•  January 30, 2010 – Saturday, 7:00 PM, Two of Curtis Bryant's musical settings of poetry by Stephen Bluestone were given performances at the retirement celebration for Professor Bluestone at the historic Woodruff House on the campus Bryant
                        and Bluestoneof Mercer University, Macon, Georgia.  Guest artist, soprano Arietha Lockhart teamed with pianist Carol Goff in a splendid performance of "The Laughing Monkeys of Gravity," a song cycle based on Bluestone's book of the same title (Mercer University Press, 1995).  Members of the Mercer Singers, directed by Stanley Roberts then performed Bryant and Bluestone's choral work "Holiness Everywhere" with guest violinist Conrad Thomas.  The piece is a lyrical adaptation of a medieval poem by the Jewish mystic Yehudah Halevi (1075-1141).  The composition is published by Transcontinental Music Publications, New York.  Bluestone, who now lives in New York, served as professor of literature and film studies at Mercer for over 30 years.  "The Laughing Monkeys of Gravity," a study on the great comedians of early film, including Laurel and Hardy, Lou Costello, The Three Stooges, and Charles Chaplin, was originally composed in 2004 for a chamber ensemble of flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, percussion, violin, cello, piano and coloratura soprano.  Ms. Lockhart gave the world premiere in that year with faculty members of the Mercer University Townsend School of Music.   

November 15, 2009 – 10:30 AM, the WORLD PREMIERE of "How Long, O God," a choral setting of Psalm 13 by Curtis Bryant to a poetic rendition by Marcia King will take place at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta.  The collaboration is the next in a series of works composed for the Faith Partners Residency Program sponsored by the American Composers Forum.  The Cathedral Choir will perform under the direction of Kevin Culver and organist Tim Wissler.

October 19, 2009 – Curtis Bryant's "FunFare," a fanfare for brass instruments and percussion was a featured work at the Investiture Procession and Ceremony of Dr. Mark P. Becker, seventh president of Georgia State University.  The public event took place at 2:00 PM in the Georgia State University Sports Arena.

September 29, 2009 – NEW YORK RECITAL:  Bryant's "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell," a song cycle for bass-baritone and piano was a featured work on a recital by Atlanta baritone James Robinson and pianist Jo Kroger at 8:00 PM at Saint Peter's Church, 619 Lexington Avenue (at 54th Street).  The text of the five songs is taken from the 1793 mystical book "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" by William Blake.  Bryant composed the song cycle in 1983 for American singer Peter Harrower.

September 13, 2009 – The WORLD PREMIERE performance of Curtis Bryant's "Hymn of Wisdom" for chorus SATB, brass quintet and organ was given by First Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Georgia.  Charles Whittaker directed the performance with Diane Whittaker at the keyboard.  The text for "Hymn of Wisdom" is a collaborative adaptation of Proverbs 8:22-36 by Bryant and poet Doug Cumming, professor of Journalism at Washington and Lee University.  The composition is the next in a series of new sacred choral works by Bryant in the 2009-2010 Atlanta Faith Partners Residency sponsored by the American Composers Forum

September 10, 2009 – "Horns for Haiti" founder, organist John Coble joined Dr. Michael R. Brown, trumpet in a benefit concert featuring Curtis Bryant's "Introit and Recessional" at First United Methodist Church, Starkville, Mississippi.  A second performance was given in Atlanta at Covenant Presbyterian Church on September 13, 2009 at 1:00 PM.  Horns for Haiti is a non-profit group that seeks donations of new or used band instruments for music programs in Haiti.  For more information visit the Covenant Presbyterian Church website.  

•  TRAVEL – This summer opened a new chapter in my world exploration with trips to Europe and to China. 

May 7-21 – EUROPE – Nancy and I celebrated our 30th anniversary with a dream vacation to France and Germany, spending time in Burgundy, Alsace and the Mosel and visiting our friends in Strassbourg and Trier.  A highlight of the trip was a concert of vocal music of the Notre Dame School at Notre Dame in Paris.  This is where counterpoint and harmony began.  Great friends, great music, great food and great wine.  Who could ask for anything more?

July 18-August 7 MY CHINA ADVENTURE – My 60th birthday present from my wife was a trip to China.  The other Scarf Dance - Xi'an, Chinaexcuse for going was the solar eclipse of July 22, which was viewable in Shanghai (if it hadn't been raining).  I traveled with veteran eclipse chaser Mike Froman, who had prior experience travelling in China.  Our itinerary took us to Shanghai, Yunnan province, Sichuan, and some of China's ancient capitals, including Xi'an, Luoyang, Kaifeng, and Nanjing.  We visited some of China's ancient wonders, including Shilin (the Stone Forest), Tiger Leaping Gorge, the Giant Buddha of Leshan, The Terracotta Army, and the Longmen Grottos.  I took this video in the Bell Tower in the Old City of Xi'an.  Performances are given several times daily in traditional costumes with traditional Chinese instruments and featuring the great bells.  Click projector Scarf Dance - Xi'an (film
                          by Curtis Bryant) to play video.  For a day by day detail of our adventures in China please visit our blog: 

April 5, 2009, 7:30 PM – Curtis Bryant's "Song of Songs," three Biblical songs for soprano, flute and piano were featured on a Senior Recital given by soprano Laurel Aberle.  The performance was given at Georgia State University School of Music, Kopleff Recital Hall.

April 1, 2009, 7:00 PM – World premiere of Curtis Bryant's new Lenten Vespers Service: "Redeemer Evening Prayer" at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 731 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, Georgia.  The 25-minute musical "service of light" includes the Hymn of Light, Thanksgiving for Light, Psalm 121, Magnificat, Nunc Dimittis and Gloria, as well as an organ prelude and postlude.  Additional services featuring some of the above selections were held on Wednesdays during Lent: March 4, March 11, March 18, and March 25, all at 7:00 PM.  The service music is in partial fulfillment of the Atlanta Faith Partners Residency sponsored by the American Composers Forum.  Bryant collaborated with several Atlanta poets in the creation of poetic settings of traditional texts.  They include Marcia King and Bill Allen as well as Doug Cumming, professor of journalism at Washington and Lee University.  The performing forces include choir, organ, flute and handbells.

November 16, 2008, 8:15 PM – Curtis Bryant's "The Lamb" was featured on a Tuesday evening performance by the University of West Georgia Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, directed by Dr. Kevin Hibbard.  The concert took place in the Townsend Performing Arts Center and was free to the public.

October 26, 2008, 3:00 PM – The world premiere of Curtis Bryant's "Alien Landscape" for two pianos, eight hands was featured on a piano ensemble program at Powder Springs Baptist Church, Powder Springs, Georgia.  The program was sponsored by the Greater Marietta Music Teachers Association (GMMTA) in cooperation with Southern Keyboards of Marietta, GA.  The GMMTA commissioned Bryant to create the new composition for intermediate piano students as the featured work for this concert.  The use of the extreme range of the keyboards and the landing of NASA's Mars Phoenix at the time he was working on the composition gave Bryant the idea for the title of the 3-minute piece. 

ATLANTA FAITH PARTNERS RESIDENCY – Curtis Bryant has been chosen as the Composer-in-Residence for the Atlanta Faith Partners project sponsored by the American Composers Forum.  Beginning in September, he will work with three Atlanta congregations – Cathedral of Christ the King, First Presbyterian Church, and Lutheran Church of the Redeemer – to write new works unique to each congregation, as well as several pieces that all three will share.  The participating congregations were chosen on the basis of their interest in and commitment to performing new music, their diversity, and their potential congruence.  Established in 1992, the Faith Partners residencies are emblematic of the American Composers Forum's efforts to build bridges between composers and already existing audiences that have lacked exposure to contemporary music but are highly receptive to it.  Several congregations that participated in the program have continued to commission new works with their own funds following the conclusion of the residency period, indicating that the program has sparked a durable enthusiasm for new music. 

June 20, 2008, 7:30 PM – The opening scene from Curtis Bryant's Reichman & Bryant with score of
                        "The Anarchist"opera "The Anarchist" was featured Friday on a program of the Harrower Summer Opera Workshop at Georgia State University.  The scene was directed by David Grabarkewitz with musical direction by Nina Shuman.  Baritone Stephen McCool and tenor Wesley Morgan were the featured soloists.  The libretto of "The Anarchist" by Allen Reichman is an adaptation of Joseph Conrad's 1907 novel "The Secret Agent." 

•  May 8, 2008 – Bryant's "Ragtime" for string orchestra received a performance by the Lovinggood Middle School orchestra, directed by Barbera Secrist.  The performance was given at Hillgrove High School in Powder Springs, Georgia.  Ragtime is published by Neil A. Kjos Music Company in San Diego.

March 30, 2008, 3:00 PM – Cantare Youth Choirs of Atlanta directed by Paulette Sigler performed Bryant's Jubilate Deo on their Spring Concert at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 1770 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta, GA.  An encore performance will be given on Tuesday, April 1 at 7:00 PM at Sandy Plains Baptist Church, 2825 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, GA.

March 23, 2008 – Easter Sunday – The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett (UUCG) Adult Choir directed by Kevin McKinney performed Curtis Bryant's "The Lamb," an a cappella setting of the William Blake poem from "Songs of Innocence."  Bryant composed "The Lamb" in 2003 for the Gregg Smith Singers after attending the Adirondack Festival of American Music.  The score is published by Lux Nova Press.

•  March 9, 2008 – Performance of Bryant's "Fantasy on American ThemesClick for information by the Etowah Youth Orchestras, Gadsden, Alabama, directed by Michael R. Gagliardo.

March 1, 2008 – PERFORMANCE IN AVERY FISCHER HALL.  Curtis Bryant's "Fantasy on American Themes" was performed at the National Orchestra Cup Festival held in New York's Lincoln Center.  The White Pine Middle School 8th Grade Orchestra of Saginaw, Michigan, Directed by Iris Haynes will feature Bryant's "Fantasy" on their program at this prestigious event.

February 23, 2008 – PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF SCHEDULE! – Bryant's Sonata for Violin and Piano was featured on the closing concert at the SCI National Conference in Atlanta at Georgia State University School of Music, Kopleff Recital Hall (8:00 PM).  Violinist Christos Galileas will be joined by pianist Brandt Fredriksen in the performance of the three movement work.

•  January 25, 2008 – Curtis Bryant's "Fantasy on American Themes" was one of the featured works on a program at the 2008 Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids.  The White Pine Middle School 8th Grade String Orchestra of Saginaw, Michigan, directed by Iris Haynes was guest performing group at the conference.  The young musicians will be giving a second performance of "Fantasy" on March 1 in Avery Fischer Hall in New York at the National Orchestra Cup Festival.

January 13, 2008 – Bryant completed the musical score for a new short film "A Dark Gift" produced and directed by Nicholas Lance for the Georgia Tech Campus Movie Fest.  The dark drama features several arrangements of Bryant's Nocturne for piano.  To view this film and another short by Nick Lance click the mini-projector: "A Dark Gift"

•  November 13, 2007 – Performance of Curtis Bryant's "Fantasy on American Themes" for string orchestra by the Murfreesboro Youth Orchestra, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

April 24, 2007 – The Department of Music at the University of West Georgia performed Curtis Bryant’s cantata "The Builders" on a centennial choral concert at the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts with the UWG Concert Choir & Chamber Singers and the UWG Wind Symphony, directed by Kevin Hibbard. Bryant’s setting of "The Builders" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, was commissioned in 1989 for the dedication of the Performing Arts Center.

•  ATLANTA PREMIERE:  April 17, 2007 – The Atlanta premiere of Curtis Bryant’s "The Laughing Monkeys of Gravity," a song cycle based upon poems from the collection by award winning Atlanta poet Stephen Bluestone was featured in a piano and voice only performance on the neoPhonia Concert Series at Georgia State University.  The cycle is also scored for soprano with a chamber ensemble of flute, clarinet & alto sax, percussion, violin, cello and piano.  Former GSU School of Music faculty member Chery Brendel sang the challenging soprano part in this cycle with Lisa Leong taking on the equally challenging piano part.  The text depicts some of the legendary film comedians, including Laurel and Hardy, Lou Costello, the Three Stooges and Charles Chaplin.  The program, directed by Dr. Nickitas Demos, was performed in the Kopleff Recital Hall on the Music for Our Time series.

AGO Performance•  March 18, 2007 – Dr. Michael R. Brown, trumpet joined organist John Coble in a performance of Curtis Bryant's Introit and Recessional for Trumpet and Organ in the 11:00 AM service at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. The team of Brown and Coble performed the Georgia premiere of Bryant's Introit and Recessional last year at the American Guild of Organists Members' Recital on March 14, 2006 at First Presbyterian Church, Marietta, Georgia.  Dr. Brown is head of the Department of Music Education and Professor of Music at The Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi.  John Coble is Organist and Director or Music at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.

Feb 18, 2007 – Feature Article in Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Atlanta composers (including Curtis Bryant) by Pierre Ruhe. 

•  November 30, 2006 – Dr. Tom Gibson led members of the GSU Pep Band and GSU Brass and Jazz ensembles in a recording of a new basketball theme song by School of Music part-time instructor Curtis Bryant.  Bryant composed the song, entitled "Go Panthers!" for use as title and credits music for upcoming game broadcasts.  The song is scored for live performances by the Pep Band at Panthers games.  Digital audio editing was completed by GSU School of Music student Michael Reddick in the Center for Audio Recording Arts facilities.  It is anticipated that Bryant's new theme song will be used for the 2007-2008 season broadcasts on CSS (Comcast Sports South), produced by Chris Davis.

•  OPERA  NEWS:  "The Anarchist"
November 17, 2006 – A new scene from Curtis Bryant’s opera-in-progress "The Anarchist" received a performance by students of Georgia State University School of Music on the Fall Opera Scenes showcase in Kopleff Recital Hall.  Soloists included Katie Baughman, Maria McDaniel and Melanie Czaykowsky.  The scene was directed by W. Dwight Coleman, coordinator of voice and opera studies, and Peter Marshall provided musical direction.  The libretto, by New York forensic psychiatrist Allen Reichman, is based upon the 1907 novel “The Secret Agent” by Joseph Conrad. Two additional scenes from "The Anarchists" received staged performances at the Harrower Summer Opera Workshop, June, 2005 and in the Opera Scenes Recital at Georgia State University, November, 18, 2005, directed by W. Dwight ColemanClick here for a sample aria Winnie's aria "Stevie, My
                        Darling" "Stevie, My Darling," sung by soprano Sindhu Chandra Geidd with pianist Peter Marshall.  More samples can be heard on the Opera Page.

Premiere of "In a
                        Dream"•  PREMIERE OF "In a Dream"
March 26, 2006 – Curtis Bryant's "In a Dream" for chorus SSA(B), band and orchestra received a world premiere at Ridgeview Middle School located in Sandy Springs, Georgia.  The 6-minute composition was commissioned for the celebration of the school's 20th anniversary.  The work is a setting of an original text by Bryant highlighting the school's strengths in its diversity.

"A Peasant's Hope" at WYSIWYG Film Fest

Bryant scored this medieval tale produced by Pet Project Films with an ensemble of Atlanta based musicians.  It was recently featured in a San Francisco film festival.


Atlanta, Georgia - May 6, 2005 - "Briars in the Cottonpatch" received two regional EMMY nominations as part of the annual Southeast EMMY competition. The nominations were announced in May by the Southeast Chapter of NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences). "Briars" received nominations in two individual categories:

• WRITING - Michael Booth

"Briars" also aired nationally on PBS in February, 2005 as part of Black History Month.  (To see a schedule of national listings click here.)  

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