A M Y S C U R R I A
"Scurria has a remarkable melodic sense" (Boston Musical Intelligencer)
"Her melodies, harmonies and the textures she develops, even her subjects touch me. And in more than 700 web pages that I have written so far nobody has been kinder or more cooperative. Listen to this lady's work. Remember this lady's name. You'll be as glad that you found her as I am. " (ViolinStudent.com)
"Her artistic personality is quite mature." (Classical Net)
"Scurria's music strikes me as a journey to discover heartbreaking beauty. The climaxes of her work aren't so much dramatic as rapturous. Furthermore, no moments in the music here merely mark time or lay there. A tremendous technique infuses the music, but Scurria never uses it to cover up a paucity of ideas. She's an honest workman - the real goods." (Classical Net)
"The difference between this setting and others lies in its ravishing beauty." (Classical Net)
"The singing is intense, slightly melancholy, the drama tinged with tenderness ... I realized that, young or old, Scurria is one fine composer." (Classical Net)
"... a young tonal composer with something to say." (Classical Net)
"The duet 'If God is love, can love be sin' was gripping and memorable, as was the limpid moment when he sings 'Hester, take down your hair.' Scurria's lyrical writing and tenor John Bellemer's sensitive singing as Dimmesdale brought out the wonderful tenderness in the name, that I wondered if this is a classic love song in the making, like Bernstein's 'Maria.'" (Boston Musical Intelligencer)
N E W S
POSTPONED (TBD) ~ DURHAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, WILLIAM CURRY, CONDUCTOR ~ DURHAM, NC
The Durham Symphony Orchestra under the baton of award winning conductor, William Curry, will premiere a new work entitled, "Scenes from Pearl the Opera": a suite of music from the opera that retells the story of Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter from the viewpoint of Hester and Dimmesdale's daughter, Pearl.
POSTPONED (TBD) ~ SECCA ~ WINSTON-SALEM, NC
SECCA will perform "Something Borrowed, Something Blue" for solo piano at the Overlook Gallery, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC. General Admission: $10, Students/Seniors: $5
February 16, 2020 ~ WOMEN'S HOPE CHORALE ~ ST. LOUIS, MO
The Women's HOPE Chorale commissioned and premiered a new work entitled "Follow Your Voice"
March 28, 2015 ~ ROCKFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ~ ROCKFORD, IL
Coronado Performing Arts Center, 7:30 PM
314 N. Main St, Rockford, IL
Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Steven Larsen, Conductor will perform WE ARE MET AT GETTYSBURG for full orchestra and children's chorus.
May 8, 2014 ~ SONAM ~ DURHAM, NC
First Presbyterian Church, 8:00 PM
305 E Main Street, Durham, NC 27701
Sonam, Allan Friedman, Conductor will perform LISTEN, FRIENDS for SATB choir.
September 29, 2013 ~ LAREDO PHILHARMONIC ~ LAREDO, TX
Recital Hall, TAMIU Center, 3:00 PM
5201 University Boulevard, Laredo, TX
Laredo Philharmonic, Brendan Townsend, Conductor will perform BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY for full orchestra.
March 1, 2013 ~ SOUTH BAY PHILHARMONIC ~ SAN JOSE, CA
Foothill Presbyterian Church, 7:30 PM
5301 McKee Road, San Jose, CA
South Bay Philharmonic will perform WHAT THE SOUL REMEMBERS for full orchestra.
March 8, 2013 ~ GREENSBORO, NC
Greensboro Cultural Center Recital Hall, 8 PM
Elena DeAngelis, Soprano and Amy Scurria, Piano will perform excerpts from Scurria's new opera, PEARL with Jeffrey Carlson, bass-baritone and McKenzie Hall as Child Pearl.
March 15-24, 2013 ~ SHANGHAI, CHINA
American Cultural Center at the University of Shanghai
Excerpts of PEARL, the opera, will be presented in Shanghai with John Bellemer, Tenor, and a Chinese cast
AUGUST 5, 2013 ~ LENOX, MA
Shakespeare and Company will host another live workshop of PEARL, the opera, with a star studded cast. The workshop will be followed with a question and answer session and a reception immediately following.
"What is already evident is a work of considerable strength and beauty, and I am eagerly awaiting the final version!" (Steve Ledbetter, Program Annotator for the greater Boston area and formerly of the Boston Symphony Orchestra)