Flutist Rebecca Jeffreys' CD "Poems and Dreams," which features Russell's work "Byzantine Dances" for flute and piano, has been receiving airtime on classical and contemporary radio stations all across the United States, and will soon be expanding to international radio stations! Click "Read More" below for a detailed list of domestic and international stations who have the disc in their playlists.
The Washington Master Chorale, under the direction of Maestro Thomas Colohan, has formally released their newest CD, "This Endris Night," featuring Russell's work "Early Winter Tree" that Maestro Colohan and the WMC commissioned for their "Noel! Noel!" program in December 2015. Pick up a copy for a holiday gift!
Two instrumental works and three or four choral compositions are on their way! Read more about the pieces and their commissioning performers here.
About Russell's composition "Byzantine Dances": "The listener is instantly captured by exotic rhythmic energy. Sumptuous color, modal use, and special effects pervade these mesmerizing dances, causing one to visualize a vibrant Middle Eastern square."
If you are thinking about taking the Level I or Level II summer training courses in Orff-Schulwerk pedagogy, consider coming to the brand-new course at Winthrop University, in Rock Hill, SC -- Russell will be teaching Recorder there!
The live world-premiere recording of WMC's commissioned work "Early Winter Tree," for chorus and harp, is included in their newest CD, This Endris Night.
Russell Nadel has won the 2017 Ben Steinberg Young Composer's Award. This is Nadel's second win; he first won the award in 2010.
Apple Orange Pair served as one of three chamber groups in residence for the inaugural season of Connecticut Summerfest at the Hartt School in Hartford, CT. Apple Orange Pair's feature concert on June 10 included Russell's work "Orchard Sunset," which Apple Orange Pair commissioned in 2011, and was live-streamed online.
Russell and his wife are so proud to welcome their first son to the world!