Like many places, Hilltop is still having a bit of late summer heat going into the first day of fall tomorrow; the flowers have to be watered twice a day to survive. Yet, leaves begin to fall and you can hear the tapping of acorns raining down and hitting the ground every minute or two […]

This week Hilltop was quite buzzing, as usual. Crystal made Scottish shortbread and Cajun Gumbo by night, while teaching her full teaching load by day. We started seeing foxes this week around Hilltop, a rare sight here, and — speaking of buzzing — a pack of bees have taken over our bird bath for their […]

This past week at Hilltop has seen Crystal and me both successfully through the dreaded flu, somehow functioning on Advil and Musinex.  Amidst the sniffles, coughs, and sneezes, I got up to the end of the “B” section (in an ABA’ form) in my symphony’s third movement, and beyond to the length of about six […]

September 1, 2019 Welcome to a new feature on this site. The former “Latest News” has become a bit more personal and, I hope, more interesting, in the form of “Hilltop Diary”.  I will attempt a short (500 word) musing about life as a composer here at Hilltop every week or two, and if you […]

June, 2019 — Michael Kurek is at work on a 40+ minute, four-movement symphony. The first two movements have been completed and will be read on July 12, 2019 in Philadelphia by the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, conducted by Ovidiu Marinescu. Plans for an official world premiere and recording will be announced as early as […]

Above, left:  Crystal Kurek as Elizabeth Barrett and Deron Ryan Martel as Robert Browning.  Above right: Leslie Eiler Thompson as Sarah Martin and Tyler Evick as Henry Lane, rehearsing in Nashville for Michael Kurek’s musical theater show, “Dear Miss Barrett.”   A reading of 2/3 of the show will be held at the National Arts Club […]

The Lewes Chamber Players of Delaware have commissioned and are performing on Sunday, March 4, 2018 the premiere of a composition by Michael Kurek titled Joie de vivre (Ollie’s Romp on Lewes Beach) for violin, cello, piano, organ, and harpsichord.  The composition was written in part to showcase the wonderful organ and harpsichord in historic […]

The Sea Knows nominated for Roundglass Music Award, Best Classical Recording. Awards ceremony in New York, the Edison Ballroom at Times Square, Jan. 26, 2018! The Sea Knows also makes Textura’s top 20 classical releases of 2017!  Go here for story:  http://textura.org/archives/articles/2017top10s.htm#20classical

Thanks to everyone who has listened on Spotify — 45,000 plays in the last month! Review published by the Steinberg company on Michael Kurek’s engineering work on the album The Sea Knows:  http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb14616643.htm Review published in Textura: http://textura.org/archives/k/kurek_seaknows.htm Press release by Vanderbilt University:  https://news.vanderbilt.edu/2017/08/18/blair-school-of-music-composer-hits-no-1-with-neo-romantic-music/ WMOT-FM Radio feature:  http://wmot.org/post/middle-tennessee-composer-makes-billboard-classical-music-chart#stream/1 Article by the Tennessee Arts Commission:  http://tnartscommission.org/performing-arts/fy17-individual-artist-fellow-releases-chart-topping-cd/ […]