April 30, 2018
Victoria Bond releases new CD on Albany Records

Soul of a Nation: Portraits of Presidential Character

The composer Victoria Bond honors some of our country's greatest leaders in her CD of concertos, "Soul of a Nation: Portraits of Presidential Character". Released on Albany Records (TROY 1723) on May 1, 2018, the CD features soloists from the Chicago and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras. They are accompanied by the Chicago College of Performing Arts Wind Ensemble conducted by Stephen Squires, and the Roosevelt University Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Emanuele Andrizzi.

With music by Victoria Bond and librettos by Dr. Myles Lee, each concerto honors a US president: Victoria Bond says, "I've conducted A Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland numerous times, and am always moved by the way Copland’s music intensifies Lincoln’s words. I wanted to use this same format to highlight the visionary words of four other of our country’s iconic leaders.”

In these compositions, Bond incorporates musical quotations drawn from the time and life of each president. Pater Patriae uses fife and drum tunes from George Washington's time; The Indispensable Man features big band music from the era of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidency, Soul of a Nation includes music by Corelli that Thomas Jefferson kept in his personal library, and The Crowded Hours weaves in popular melodies from Theodore Roosevelt's time, such as "Take Me Out To the Ball Game".

In the words of Dr. Lee, "Each piece focuses on a single aspect of each man's character - Washington's moral clarity and prescience; Jefferson as a reluctant warrior; Theodore Roosevelt's exuberant, ultimately destructive, drive; and Franklin Roosevelt's indomitable courage - to illustrate not just their accomplishments, but the inner turmoil each man faced on his journey to immortality."

"Soul of a Nation: Portraits of Presidential Character" (TROY 1723) is released on May 1, 2018, and is available on Amazon and other digital and physical outlets. Contact Gail Wein at classicalcommunications@gmail.com for media review copies.

 

Soul of a Nation: Portraits of Presidential Character

Albany Records Troy1723

Download the cover art

Read the liner notes by Dr. Myles Lee

Read about Victoria Bond 

Release date: May 1, 2018

1) Soul of a Nation: Concerto for Violin and String Ensemble [19:20]

Frank Almond, violin | Henry Fogel, narrator

Roosevelt University Chamber Orchestra | Emanuele Andrizzi, conductor

 

2) The Indispensable Man: Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble [15:42]

John Bruce Yeh, clarinet | David Holloway, narrator

Chicago College of Performing Arts Wind Ensemble | Stephen Squires, conductor

 

3) The Crowded Hours: Concerto for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble [13:00]

Mark Ridenour, trumpet | Ray Frewen, narrator

Chicago College of Performing Arts Wind Ensemble | Stephen Squires, conductor

 

4) Pater Patriae: Concerto for Flute and Wind Ensemble [14:05]

Gabriela Vargas, flute | Adrian Dunn, narrator

Chicago College of Performing Arts Wind Ensemble | Stephen Squires, conductor

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