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Music for Strings

Music for Strings

Doug Lofstrom

Label: Origin Classical
Format: CD
Barcode: 0805553302720
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Catalog number: OC 33027
Releasedate: 06-08-21
“An aesthetic risk-taker, Lofstrom straddles too many categories to be easily classified.”  - Chicago Reader
Chicago composer Doug Lofstrom has been writing prolifically since the 1970s, with his wide-ranging style reflecting ongoing involvement in dance, film, theater and symphonic music. He has been composer-in-residence for the Metropolis Symphony Orchestra and musical director of Chicago’s Free Street Theater, while his works have been performed by numerous American Symphony Orchestras and chamber ensembles over the decades. Music for Strings is comprised of four pieces Lofstrom began work on in the late ‘70s, starting with the three movement composition by the same name, which was originally recorded in 1984 and premiered by the Metropolis Symphony Orchestra. Here, Lofstrom presents these pieces together for the first time with fresh interpretations by Moscow’s Russian String Orchestra. Conducted by the orchestra’s founder, Misha Rachlevsky, the ensemble is now in its 3rd decade. “Simply beautiful!” - The Intermezzo
A Chicago native, Doug Lofstrom has been composing prolifically since the 1970's; his wide-ranging style reflects his ongoing involvement in dance, film, theater and symphonic music. Currently residing in the Chicago area, he has been composer-in-residence for the Metropolis Symphony Orchestra and musical director of Chicago's Free Street Theater. His works have been performed by the St. Louis, Atlanta and Oregon Symphony Orchestras, and the Present Music and CUBE chamber ensembles. He has taught at Columbia College since 1986, and has been a full-time faculty member since 1999. He is conductor of their New Music Ensemble, which he founded in 2000. 

His most recent endeavors include Alakshaya, for Natya Dance Theatre, a series of three Concertinos for solo instrument and orchestra (oboe, harp & trumpet), commissioned, performed and recorded by the New Philharmonic Orchestra and three works for the Evansville, IN "musictelling" group Tales and Scales, including The Arabian Nights, Just Beyond the Junkyard and Jabberwocky. In 2001, Lofstrom formed The New Quartet, a versatile chamber ensemble which performs his original music and arrangements of modern classics, jazz and world music. He has been active as a performer and improviser on double-bass and other instruments since the 1970's.