4Tay Records is proud to present Songs & Stories – New American Masters, Volume 7, performed by Palisades Virtuosi, flutist Margaret Swinchoski, clarinetist Donald Mokrynski and pianist Ron Levy, with guests Barbara Dever, mezzo-soprano from the Metropolitan Opera, Frank Basile, internationally renowned opera singer and narrator, narrator John Ostendorf, rising star Timothy Maureen Cole, soprano, and cellist, Marisol Espada.
The trio writes, “This 2-CD set is very special to us because it is the first time we present newly-commissioned works for flute, clarinet and piano that ALSO include songs and narration (and a cello!). This endeavor is a collection of all the compositions we have commissioned, received and premiered over the past few years, that have story-telling as their point of departure. We hope you enjoy “Songs & Stories” as much as we enjoyed recording it for you.”
Since its inception in 2002, Palisades Virtuosi has achieved an enviable presence in the world of chamber music. Highly accomplished performers in their own rights, ﬂutist Margaret Swinchoski, clarinetist Donald Mokrynski and pianist Ron Levy (dubbed “The Commissioners” by Chamber Music America magazine) have been responsible for the creation of nearly 100 new trio works for their conﬁguration through their zealous “Mission To Commission”® effort. The resulting collection, taken as a whole, exhibits an astounding richness and depth, the fruits of composers ranging in age from 16 to over 90. In addition to live performances, these pieces have been disseminated through PV’s “New American Masters” series of recordings, of which this project constitutes Vol. 7. These recordings have garnered rave reviews from such esteemed publications as Fanfare Magazine, American Record Guide and Living Music Journal. For additional information on PV and the artists, please visit their website at www.palisadesvirtuosi.org.