KAYAK - February 25 2023

World Premiere of Kayak by National Symphony Orchestra percussionist Scott Christian and the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra

Experience the world premiere of Kayak by UMD composition alum Erich Stem D.M.A. ’03. As part of a commitment to new work, the UMD Symphony Orchestra has commissioned this piece in partnership with Scott Christian as the percussion soloist. In addition to his role on the UMD School of Music faculty, Christian also serves as assistant principal timpanist and section percussionist with the National Symphony Orchestra and is an avid kayaker and nature enthusiast. “Kayak invites listeners to imagine a kayak run, such as the peaceful world of calm waters, exhilaration created by the occasional rough rapids, and moments of rest and relief when one hits the open water,” wrote Stem on the inspiration for his composition.

“reach through the sky” feat. Lindsey Goodman

Trailer of album release with interviews by Lindsey Goodman, Scott Christian, Jeffrey Nytch, and Erich Stem

"reach through the sky" (www.New Dynamic presents Lindsey Goodman’s debut album of six commissioned works by composers from the United States (Erich Stem, Gilda Lyons, Grant Cooper, Jeffrey Nytch, Judith Shakin, and Rob Deemer). The CD not only features Goodman as one of the premiere solo flutists in the country, but also a vocalist in a range of works that represent today’s stylistically diverse music scene. “reach through the sky” features music that taps into the sound worlds of both the traditional and experimental, showcasing the capabilities of an instrument that has touched the imagination of the human race for 35,000 years.