The Salon Sessions
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The Salon Trio-- including Robert DiLutis (clarinet), Noah Getz (saxophone), and Jeffrey Chappell (piano)-- brings a number of exciting world premiere recordings to an album full of variety and nuance in The Salon Sessions. The Salon Sessions brings the same intimate feel that the trio has come to be known for in their salon concert series throughout the DC Metro area. Whether you are a long-time fan or looking for a new, cohesive sound, the Salon Trio has you covered in The Salon Sessions!

Featured composers include Jessica Krash, Gregory Wanamaker, David Heinick, Leon Stein, John Heins, and James Grant.

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The Composers

James Grant was Assistant Professor of Music at Middlebury College in Vermont between 1988 and 1992, where he taught composition, coordinated an American Music Week Festival and directed the New Music Forum at Middlebury College. In 1992, Grant left academe to compose and lecture full-time and from 1993-96 served as Composer-In-Residence to the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra in Fairfax, Virginia. He has served as Composer-in-Residence at the Institute for the Environment Through the Arts.

David Heinick’s music spans a broad range of styles and performing forces, often juxtaposing disparate styles within a single work. His music has been performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, and has been broadcast on NPR, the CBC, and the BBC.  With Carol Heinick, he has performed extensively playing music for two pianists at one or two pianos; he has also been active as a collaborative pianist, having performed with numerous prominent soloists and members of major orchestras. Since 1989, he has been a member of the faculty at SUNY-Potsdam’s Crane School of Music; he previously taught at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore and St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Once described by Alan Hovhannes as “One of the most talented and brilliant composers of our time,” John Heins and his music have garnered considerable praise over the past three decades. His compositions have been performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Heins’ compositional output includes works for symphonic band and orchestra, as well as numerous solo piano works, chamber music, and concertos. Heins received a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from the University of Montana and a Master of Music degree in Composition and Performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He studied composition with Donald O. Johnston and Cecil Effinger. His compositions have been published by C.F. Peters, Southern Music, KJOS Music and Ars Nova Music.

Jessica Krash’s work has been presented in concert and on radio broadcasts in the US, Europe, and Asia, including her duet for saxophones and dancers on the C & O Canal in a thunderstorm. Jessica’s recent CD (Albany Records, 2018) includes a performance by Robert DiLutis and was praised by the Wall Street Journal, Gramophone, and Fanfare, as “Recording of the Month” in Voix des Arts, and was named in “10 of the Best New Releases in 2018” by The Daffodil Perspective.  Her solo piano CD  (Capstone Records) was listed by Tim Page in The Washington Post and Detroit News as one of the most interesting CDs of the year (2006). She was a professor at George Washington University for almost 30 years and has also taught at the University of Maryland, George Mason University, and the Levine School of Music. 

Leon Stein (1910–2002) was an American composer and music analyst. Stein attended DePaul University, where he achieved his MM in 1935 and his Ph.D. in 1949; he studied under Leo Sowerby, Eric DeLamarter, Frederick Stock, and Hans Lange. He taught at DePaul from 1931 to 1978 and was Dean of the School of Music there between 1966 and 1976. He directed a number of Chicago ensembles, including the City Symphony of Chicago. Stein’s compositions were modernist in character; his works for saxophone are his most popular pieces. His manuscripts are held in the Richardson Library at DePaul.

Gregory Wanamaker currently serves as Professor of Composition at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam where he has taught since 1997. He is the recipient of a 2012 Individual Artist Commission from The New York State Council on the Arts and twenty consecutive standard awards from ASCAP in addition to awards from the National Association of Composers/USA and Britten-On-The-Bay. He studied composition with William Averitt, Thomas Albert, Anthony Branker and Ladislav Kubík.  Wanamaker has several recorded works on labels including Innova, Albany, Centaur, Blue Griffin, Mark Custom, White Pine, and Summit.