“[This] American composer knows the importance of embracing the past while also going his own way. … [In] Beck’s forceful and expressive sound world … the writing is concise in structure and generous in tonal language, savouring both the dramatic and the poetic.”
– Donald Rosenberg (Gramophone, Dec. 2013)
Called “an original voice celebrating music” by MusicWeb International (2009), Jeremy Beck’s music has been described by NewMusicBox (2012) as “rhythmically intricate, and mak[ing] nods to the past while sitting squarely in the present. … Though architecturally rigorous, Beck writes clearly and without pretense[.]”
Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Beck’s music has been presented by New York City Opera, American Composers Orchestra, the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, the Albuquerque Symphony Orchestra, Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra, Center for Contemporary Opera, Peabody Opera, Yale Opera, the Dallas Festival of Modern Music, IonSound Project, Pacific Serenades, and the Nevsky String Quartet, among others.
Four Piano Preludes – world premiere
Susan Merdinger, piano
April 22, 2018 at 3 PM, Northbrook Public Library (Chicago)
April 29, 2018 – TBA, Elgin Public Library (Chicago)
Dream and Echoes for SATB chorus a cappella
The Apollo Chorus of Chicago
Dr. Stephen Alltop, music director
May 4, 2018 at 7:30pm, Fourth Presbyterian Church (Chicago)
May 6, 2018 at 3:00pm, First United Church (Oak Park, IL)
Rhapsody for violin and orchestra
This work was premiered in Lviv, Ukraine, 5 November 2016.