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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2013

ELEGY COMMEMORATES NOVEMBER 1963

New CD Release by composer Christopher C Tew

Greensboro, NC, October 1, 2013– Composer Christopher C Tew announces the release of a limited edition CD of four works for string ensembles recorded by the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra in Slovakia in June 2013. Entitled American Reflections, the CD includes Elegy for Strings–November 1963, which was written by the then sixteen-year-old Page High School junior during the tragic and shocking events of and following November 22, 1963.
Mr. Tew relates that, “I had begun sketching a gentle and sad A minor tune the Wednesday evening before. My high school classmates and I were in history class the following day when our principal came on the PA system to say that the President had been shot. When I got home and started work again on my music, Walter Cronkite had announced to the world that President Kennedy was dead.”
The Elegy is not a step-by-step depiction of events but rather an exploration of the emotions those events evoked. There are moments of remorse, anger, reflection, tragedy, and resignation. Over the years, the Elegy has been revised and updated slightly, but the basic melodies and structure remain as they were fifty years ago.
Other compositions on this release include The Girls Preparatory School Suite, which was commissioned by the Chattanooga, Tennessee school for its 100th Anniversary in 2005, Sonata Movement for Viola and Piano, and A Picture Symphony for Strings in D Minor which is dedicated to the composer’s wife, Laura, and expresses some of the “adventures, challenges, and joys of life.” The symphony’s last movement makes use of original material in the style of Anglo-American folk music and traditional fiddle tunes.
Christopher C Tew was born in Asheboro, North Carolina and lives in Greensboro. He attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he studied music theory with Harold Luce and composition with M. Thomas Cousins. He also studied with Louis Mennini at the University of NC School of the Arts. His compositions have been performed by student, community, and professional orchestras in North Carolina, Alabama, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, and Tennessee. Tew’s compositions have also been performed in Brazil and featured in a program of American and Ukrainian music in Lviv, Ukraine.

Contact Erika Shaw
Telephone (336) 404-1736
Email C2CTew@gmail.com
Website www.c2ctew.com

Update
October 10, 2013

New Video Samples and Thanks

The Music page has some new video samples of my music, including samples for pieces that are not on the preliminary CD, and more are underway. My wife, Laura, makes all these video samples herself using clips and images she, a videographer, and a photographer took in Bratislava, and public domain internet images. She has worked hard to make the visuals fit the music and be lively and interesting. Without her support and help, this project would never have been possible. I owe her my deepest and most heartfelt thanks.

Many thanks also to Dwayne and Erika Shaw. Dwayne did most of the graphic design and production preparation and planning for the CD and is trying to lead us into the world of professional music, and Erika constructed this web site and has guided Laura and me as we learn to use it. They are wonderful young people doing wonderful things.

 

Update
March 27, 2014

Return to Bratislava

In June Laura and I will return to Bratislava to complete work on Atridae and Lux et Umbra, do a little polishing on the string works recorded last summer, and record two new pieces, An Overture for Hanukkah for full orchestra and 3 Panoramas for string orchestra. These works, plus Froggy and Rhapsody Rondo, will complete Vol. 2 of my American Reflections pair of CDs.

We look forward to working with David Hernando Rico and his recording associates and the wonderful musicians of the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra. We will rent an apartment – much less expensive than a hotel room – and spend some time enjoying the city and its musical performances and visiting the countryside..