Modern Fairy Tales CD


“When words fail, music speaks.” Hans Christian Andersen

“Since I was a child-I have loved fairy tales and stories of fantasy!  My debut album Modern Fairy Tales features 70 minutes of music and is in memory of my former teacher and mentor John Mack.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Courtney Miller

This album also features

Deborah Selig, soprano   Ayako Yoda and Shiela Kibbe, piano    

  • World Premiere Recording of the song cycle Three Fairy Tales by Marcia Kraus based on Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales: 1. The Emperor and the Nightingale, 2. The Little Mermaid, 3. The Ugly Duckling
  • World Premiere Recording: Impressions for Oboe by Marilyn Zupnik
  • Includes works by Stanislav Verroust, Bela Bartok, Hendrik Andriessen, Peter Schickele and Alyssa Morris
  • It will be released Centaur Record Label

This project is completed and will be released on June 9, 2015!  M. Steinert & Sons in Boston is sponsoring a release party on Saturday June 27th-6pm centrally located at 162 Boylston Street, right off the Boston Commons.

Below is a brief personal note about the cd.

The cornerstone and launching point for this entire cd, is Marcia Kraus’s Three Fairy Tales, which tells the story of “The Emperor and The Nightingale”, “The Little Mermaid,” and “The Ugly Duckling” through song.  I stumbled across the piece during my junior year at Florida State University because I had a very good friend, Amy Willis, who was a soprano and we were looking for an opportunity to work together.  I immediately fell in love with the work!  Before I performed it, I contacted the composer, Marcia Kraus, for program notes and we talked about the piece in great length.  She informed me that the piece was written and premiered by the renowned oboist, John Mack and that her husband Felix played English horn in the Cleveland Orchestra with John Mack for many, many years.

A couple of years later, I was fortunate enough to study with John Mack at The Cleveland Institute of Music.  During my time studying with John Mack in Cleveland, Marcia Kraus and I kept in contact.  She attended many of my recitals and our friendship continued to grow.  The idea of recording this piece has been on my mind for almost a decade.  This is a very alluring work that really connects, captivates and entertains audiences.  However, until now the timing hasn’t been right.  Recently all of the pieces of this puzzle have come together and I am overjoyed that this idea/dream has come to fruition.  What originated as a piece of music that I purchased by mail order, almost randomly, has become a piece of music that is very near and dear to my heart and holds many wonderful memories of friendship and of my charismatic teacher John Mack.

With this work as the centerpiece, the entire CD has a very mystical/imaginative motif.  I chose the other pieces on the album to create a very well rounded, accessible and enjoyable cd that will appeal not only to people who have listened to classical music for years, but also to listeners who might be new to the genre.




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