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An Items of Interest Calendar is in the planning stages.

2024

Congratulations to Susan Colson, PGS board member and docent at the Percy Grainger Home & Studio, for receiving a a William G. Pomeroy Foundation  scholarship to attend the Museum Association of New York's annual conference. “Giving Voice to Value” in Albany, New York, April 6-9.

Curt Ebersole, long-time PGS member and docent at the Percy Grainger Home & Studio, has collaborated with the the West Point Band for two performances near White Plains. Curt is also the Conductor and Music Director (John P. Paynter Memorial Chair) of the Westchester Symphonic Winds and arranged for a performance by several members of the West Point Band at the Percy Grainger Home & Studio in September, 2023. The two performances, including Percy Grainger's Spoon River, will be held Marchs 9 and March 16.  More information here

The Tri-County Symphonic Band, based in Massachusetts, will be performing an all-Grainger program on March 17, 2024 at 3 pm.  His masterwork, LIncolnshire Posy will be performed as well as Molly on the Shore and Irish Tune form County Derry.  Tickets can be found here.

2023

Paul Jackson, Grainger Society President and Grainger Journal Editor, will be delivering a paper entitled 'Lines of Beauty: The Development of Graphic Notation in the Music of Percy Grainger' at the 2023 Grainger Symposium: New Media and Old Archives. The schedule is here.

PGS member Teresa R. Balough will be delivering a paper entitled 'The Wider Implications of Percy Grainger’s Free Music’ at the 2023 Grainger Symposium: New Media and Old Archives. The schedule is here.

PGS student member Katherine Pittman will be delivering a paper entitled 'Hearing Queer Hybridity in Percy Grainger’s Experimental Instruments' at the 2023 Grainger Symposium: New Media and Old Archives. The schedule is here.

Gramophone Magazine's The Best Classical Music Albums of 2023 (So Far) features Mythes, by violinist James Ehnes and pianist Andrew Armstrong, includes a performance of Molly on the Shore.

Congratulations to Dana Paul Perna, Grainger Society member and Recording Secretary Emerituson the fifth anniversary of his podcasts with Moog 1 Radio. Dana always manages to do a musical tribute to Percy Grainger on Grainger's July 8 birthday.  

Teresa Balough, Grainger Society member and frequent contributor to The Grainger Journal, has written a new biography, The Life and Work of Percy Aldridge Grainger: Till Life Become Fire, available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Grainger Society President Paul Jackson will discuss the book from the Percy Grainger Home & Studio with the author on Friday, September 15, Time: TBD, via Zoom (link is here. )     

Congratulations to Grainger Society member (house visitor, and Lincolnshire Posy panel member) Dr. Timothy Rhea on Texas A&M Wind Symphony's April 30, 2023 performance of Lincolnshire Posy. See the performance here. 

Longtime Grainger Society member Donna Amoto has sent the livestream to a April 1, 2023 performance of The Power of Rome in the Christian Heart performance by the Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble. 

2022

David J. Miller has edited and re-mastered the video from his visit to White Plains with our 2018 Spring Lecture Series.  His discussion with Barry Peter Ould explores In Dahomey: Cakewalk Smasher.

Throughout 2022 the Society celebrated the 85th Anniversary of Lincolnshire Posy. Our thanks to panelist and PGS member Timothy Rhea for providing a copy of the Harry Befgian's 1994 Midwest Clinic presentation on Lincolnshire Posy. Part one here. Part two here. 

Bill Garlette has compiled a list of sources and resources pertaining to Grainger's folk song collecting entitled Grainger and Folk Songs.

Anthony O’Toole has posted a YouTube presentation, Score Study Episode #39: The Power of Rome & the Christian Heart. The video includes the history of the composition, as well as an analysis.

Bill Garlette, PGS Board member and Conductor & Music Director of the Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble, will direct A Grainger Tribute: In Commemoration of Percy Aldridge Grainger, on February 26 at 7:30 PM (eastern US) at the Peebles Theatre, Christopher Newport University, VA. The program for the concert is available here.

2021

Percy Grainger Society, Recording Secretary Emeritus, Dana Paul Perna, reviews the CD Sparre Olsen: Complete Piano Music, √ėyvind Aase, piano, Toccata Classics CD TOCC 0584. Read the review here.

Percy Grainger Society President, Paul Jackson, discusses the Musical Friendship between Grainger and Delius, in conversation with pianist Penelope Thwaites, on behalf of the Delius Society

Dana Paul Perna, our Board Member Emeritus, presents his weekly Power Hour Show every Friday at noon and 6 pm (US Eastern) here. Dana, great podcast—you're killing it! See all of Dana's podcasts, many concerning Percy Grainger and his students, at the link above.

Congratulations to Terry Balough and Kay Dreyfus on their publication of Distant Dreams: The Correspondence of Percy Grainger and Burnett Cross, 1946-1960. 

Our thanks to Bill Garlette for assembling, organizing and contributing 2021– A Percy Grainger Commemoration to the Association of Concert Bands Journal (a great list of music)!

2020

Check out this live performance of The Merry King by Grainger Board Member, Paul Jackson

See our interview with eminent conductor, Sir Andrew Davis

New York State Archives Magazine article about Percy Grainger's Free Music Machines by Paul Jackson and Susan Colson.

Percy Grainger's compositions and arrangements will be featured by Westchester Symphonic Winds in November of 2021 at the Tarrytown Music Hall. We are grateful for the attention and support of Curt Ebersole, Music Director.

The Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival was scheduled for April 9-10, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. 

In June, 2020, Percy Grainger was featured by The Sembrich in their virtual series 20/20: Virtual Visionaries.  

On June 13, 2020, Interlochen Public Radio, featured a selection by Percy Grainger, noting Grainger's time as a teacher at Interlochen. 

2019

Congratulations to the National Wind Band of Israel (ages 15–18) for performing its summer 2019 concert in the renowned Jerusalem Theatre, the Henry Crown Concert Hall, under the baton of Samuel Gal Alterovich, conductor. Here is their beautiful performance of Irish Tune from County Derry and Shepherd's Hey . Let us hope that more live performances can take place as COVID allows.


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