News bulletin: “Quartet 1.5” will receive its European premiere on January 19 in Prague. The Zemlinsky Quartet will be playing a 7:30 p.m. concert at the Atrium, and “Quartet 1.5” will be featured along with quartets by Richter and Dvorak.
Please check out my YouTube videos of the four songs from “For Love or Money” (poems by Dana Gioia):
Upcoming performance: Sunday, December 13 at 6 p.m.: ArCoNet performance of Paul’s arrangement of Piazzolla’s “Le Grand Tango.” Montgomery Community College, Blue Bell, PA. $5 children/$10 adults.
Please read Fanfare review of Touched-Henry Fogel
Click here to see ‘Bad Pets’ from Jan Opalach’s Faculty Recital at the Eastman School of Music
“His music ‘pulsated with life, witty musical ideas and instrumental color.'”
“More impressive was Mr. Salerni’s ‘Bad Pets,’ three playful cabaret songs based on Mr. Gioia’s sly ‘Alley Cat Love Song,’ Mark Doty’s frisky “Golden Retrievals” and Robert Frost’s placid ‘Cow in Apple-Time.’
“My passion to write music arises out of a most basic human desire to touch other human beings. I compose because it gives me such pleasure to enable others to laugh, to dance, to feel tender, to be entertained. If music doesn’t communicate to an audience, why write it?”