NEW: Defining Our Field - what is 'classical music' to us, why are we involved and what can we learn from our differences? Read John Dante Prevedini's essay, watch the panel discussion and make your own comments.
The American composer Michael Torke was born on 22 September 1961 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He studied at the Eastman School of Music and at Yale University. His music, sometimes described as post-minimalist, is influenced by jazz and minimalism, and includes the Color Suite, inspired by his own synaesthesia, and Javelin (1994, commissioned by the Atlanta olympic committee), probably his most popular work.
Ensemble. A Cause for Celebration - 'Mechanical Advantage', Sinfonia Viva's latest Schools Residency, described by Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. Shaken and Stirred - Maurice Steger plays Giuseppe Sammartini, recommended by Jennifer Paull
Ensemble. Fresh Energy - Sinfonia Viva begins its Mendelssohn celebrations, heard by Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. Varied Influences - Music from Indiana University Southeast, enjoyed by Patric Standford. '... a superb addition to any collection.'