The Sea Knows by Michael Kurek is a one-movement concerto for cello and string orchestra. It is titled after a poem by the composer about the sea as a means of self-discovery. The music begins uncertain and turbulent but finds in contemplating the depths of the ocean a sense of wonder, of decisiveness, and of positive closure. It will be released by Parma Recordings in August 2017 with several other works by Michael Kurek on a CD titled The Sea Knows.
Michael Kurek’s “The Sea Knows” performed by Ovidiu Marinescu, Cello
The Vanderbilt Strings conducted by Robin Fountain
Michael Kurek’s “Serenade for Violoncello and Harp”
Michael Kurek’s “Pas de deux” (from his Piano Trio)
Choreographed by Sarah Slipper
A sampling of recent works in various genres by Michael Kurek
That Which Remains Unspoken (large orchestra, courtesy KMZT-Radio, Los Angeles)
Concertino for Celesta and Orchestra: “Fairy Dreams” (orchestra, courtesy Schiedmayer Celestebau, Stuttgart, Germany)
Serenade for Violoncello and Harp (Ovidiu Marinescu and Rita Costanzi, courtesy Parma Recordings)
Moon Canticle (Soledad Yaya, solo harp, courtesy Parma Recordings)
Ave Maria (SSA Women’s Choir, harp, string orchestra, studio recording)
Conquest (large brass ensemble and percussion, the Tri Star Brass)
Monument (wind ensemble, courtesy College Band Directors National Association)
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