UMFK professor of music returns from European tour

FORT KENT, Maine — University of Maine at Fort Kent Professor of Music and Education, Dr. Scott Brickman, recently returned from Europe, where his orchestral composition “Restoration” was recorded by the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra of Ostrava, Czech Republic, conducted by Jiri Petrdlik, on Feb. 28.

The recording was made possible by a University of Maine System Trustee Professorship Grant, which Brickman received for the 2018-19 academic year. The recording will be archived and prepared for a future commercial release by Parma Recordings.

On March 24, Brickman’s composition “Kaddish” for soprano and orchestra was premiered by soprano Christina Makar and the Lemberg Sinfonietta conducted by Roman Kreslenko, in L’viv, Ukraine.

Kaddish, the Jewish prayer of mourning, which Brickman set in its original Hebrew, is an excerpt from Brickman’s work in progress “Sinfonia da Requiem,” from which his “Sanctus-Benedictus,” “Agnus Dei” and “Lux Aeterna” for soprano solo, chorus and orchestra were performed by the Lemberg Sinfonietta on Dec. 7, 2018, conducted by Ferdinando Nazzaro with Christina Makar as solo soprano.

Additionally, two of Brickman’s compositions, “Epic Suite,” for flute and alto saxophone, and “Bagatelles,” for solo flute (doubling piccolo and alto flute) came out in two separate commercial recordings in January and March, respectively.

“Epic Suite,” written in 2012 and premiered by the Tower Duo (Michael Rene Torres and Erin Helgeson Torres) in spring 2013 at Ohio State University, was released on the Tower Duo’s “Crosswind” CD.  “Bagatelles,” which Brickman wrote 2013,” were recorded by flautist Iwona Glinka as part of her disc “HE.”

“I’m really fortunate to have built such a supportive relationship with these fantastic musicians,” said Brickman. “What I find encouraging and exciting is the conversations I have with these artists about future collaborations.”

Brickman, who holds music degrees from the University of Wisconsin and Brandeis University, has taught at UMFK since the fall of 1997.

Submitted by the Marketing and Communication Office of the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

At left, Dr. Scott Brickman, professor of music and education at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, listens to the Janacek Philharmonic rehearse while on his recent European tour. (UMFK)

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