Tyler’s Suite Details
Because of his passion surrounding the story of Tyler Clementi, composer Stephen Schwartz agreed to select the composers for the multi-movement work titled “Tyler’s Suite.” He has chosen the following, all of whom have agreed to compose a movement in the suite. It is an incredible group.
Nolan Gasser is a critically acclaimed composer, pianist, and musicologist – most notably, the architect of Pandora Radio’s Music Genome Project. His original works have been performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, La Salle Pleyel (Paris), and the Rose Bowl (Pasadena), among many others. Key current projects include an opera, The Secret Garden, commissioned by San Francisco Opera (premiered March 1, 2013), a musical, Benny and Joon, in partnership with H2H Productions and MGM On Stage, and a forthcoming book, Why You Like It: The Science and Culture of Musical Taste (Macmillan Press). His opera, The Secret Garden, received rave reviews and will next move to Vermont, Milwaukee, New York, and Houston Grand Opera, where it will be filmed for a future Naxos-released blu-ray DVD. His Cosmic Reflection: A Narrated Symphony – the second commission associated with NASA’s Fermi mission (depicting the entire history of the Universe) received its premiere at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and will be performed next at Stanford University’s Bing Auditorium, in November 2014.
John Corigliano is one of the most widely celebrated composers of the last forty years. His scores, now numbering over one hundred, have won him the Pulitzer Prize, three Grammy Awards, an Academy Award and have been performed and recorded by many of the most prominent orchestras, soloists and chamber musicians in the world. John serves on the composition faculty at the Julliard School of Music. He has composed three symphonies, an opera for the Metropolitan Opera, The Ghosts of Versailles, and major works for strings, including the score to movie The Red Violin for which he won the Oscar. His Symphony No. 1 (1991) channeled his personal grief over the loss of friends to the AIDS crisis. It has been performed by over 150 orchestras world wide.
Craig Carnelia is a composer and singer best known for his collaboration on the musicals Working, working with Stephen Schwartz and Sweet Smell of Success, partnering with Marvin Hamlisch. His works have been seen off-Broadway and across the country, including Is There Life After High School. He has received the Johnny Mercer Award and nominated three times for the Tony Award and twice for a Drama Desk Award.
John Bucchino’s songs have been performed and recorded by artists from Art Garfunkel, Judy Collins, Liza Minelli, Patti LuPone, Barbara Cook, Michael Feinstein, Yo-Yo Ma, Deborah Voight, Nathan Gunn and Audra McDonald. His music has been performed by The Boston Pops and Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Among his honors are two Drama Desk nominations, the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, and the Kleban Award. He has written scores for the musicals Urban Myths, Lavendar Girls, Broadway’s A Catered Affair (book by Harvey Fierstein) and the Dreamworks animated film Joseph, King of Dreams.
Ann Hampton Callaway (born May 30, 1958) is a multiplatinum-selling singer, composer, lyricist, pianist, and actress. She is best known for writing and singing the theme to the TV series The Nanny, writing songs for Barbra Streisand and starring in the Broadway musical Swing!.
Callaway has produced two critically acclaimed public television specials called “Singer’s Spotlight With Ann Hampton Callaway” featuring guests Liza Minnelli and Christine Ebersole. Callaway composed over 250 songs for television, Broadway, off-Broadway and several of today’s leading interpreters of songs. Her music and lyrics have been performed and recorded by Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Patti LuPone, Michael Feinstein, Blossom Dearie, Peter Nero, Karrin Allyson, Donna McKechnie, Harvey Fierstein, Lillias White, Barbara Carrol, Amanda McBroom, Liz Callaway and Carole King. She composed “At the Same Time” for Barbra Streisand and that recording, Higher Ground, debuted nationally at #1, giving Ann her first of three platinum records.
She has garnered fourteen awards from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs, two Backstage Bistro Awards, The 2005 Nightlife Award, the Johnny Mercer Songwriter Award and the Norman Vincent Peale Award for Positive Thinking.
Lance Horne is an award-winning composer, lyricist and performer. He has composed and arranged for artists and groups as varying as Kristin Chenoweth, Sandra Bernhard, the Boston Pops and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He has received an Emmy, the Jonathan Larson Award, ASCAP Young Composer Award and many more. He holds the Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from The Julliard School.
Pamela Stewart is a lyricist and librettist with over 200 pieces in publication.
In 2000, Susan G. Komen for the Cure commissioned her to write a song cycle for chorus and symphony. Twice performed at Carnegie Hall, Sing for the Cure made its European premiere at Royal Festival Hall in London in 2010 and has been recorded with Dr. Maya Angelou as narrator.
Her work has received both Editor’s Choice and Merit Series awards from top choral music distributors, and have been honored by Creator Magazine’s “Select 20.”
In 2012, Pamela penned the text for “Give ‘Em Hope,” based on speeches by Harvey Milk for the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. It will be included in the 35th Anniversary commemoration Harvey Milk’s assassination in June, 2013.
Ms. Stewart lives in Tempe, Arizona.