April 16, 2019
University of Maine at Fort Kent Professor of Music and Education, Dr. Scott Brickman, recently returned from Europe, where he had his orchestral composition Restoration recorded by the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Jiri Petrdlik on February 28. The recording was made possible by a University of Maine System Trustee Professorship Grant, of which, Brickman was UMFK’s recipient of for the Academic Year 2018-19. The recording will be archived and prepared for a future commercial release by Parma Recordings.
On March 24, Brickman’s composition Kaddish, for Soprano and Orchestra, was premiered by soprano Christina Makar and the Lemberg Sinfonietta conducted by Roman Kreslenko, in L’viv, Ukraine. Kaddish, the Jewish prayer of mourning, which Brickman set in its original Hebrew, is
an excerpt from Brickman’s work in progress Sinfonia da Requiem, of which his Sanctus-Benedictus; Agnus Dei; Lux Aeterna, for soprano solo, chorus and orchestra, was performed by the Lemberg Sinfonietta conducted by Ferdinando Nazzaro with Christina Makar as solo soprano on December 7, 2018.
Additionally, two of Brickman’s compositions, Epic Suite, for flute and alto Saxophone and Bagatelles for solo flute (doubling piccolo and alto flute), were released on two separate commercial recordings in January and March respectively. Epic Suite, written in 2012 and premiered by the Tower Duo (Michael Rene Torres and Erin Helgeson Torres) in spring 2013 at The Ohio State University, was released on the Tower Duo’s “Crosswind” CD (Ravello Records rr8003). Brickman’s Bagatelles written in 2013 were recorded by flautist Iwona Glinka as part of her disc “HE”, which was released on the Phasma label (Phasma-Music 005). Both of these recordings are available on digital platforms such as iTunes and Spotify.
“I’m really fortunate to have built such a supportive relationship with these fantastic musicians,” said Dr. Brickman. “What I find encouraging and exciting is the conversations I have with these artists about future collaborations.”
Dr. Brickman holds music degrees from the University of Wisconsin and Brandeis University. Dr. Brickman has taught at UMFK since the fall of 1997.