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Frankenstein Symphony

Beethoven in the City ~ ‘Sweet Charity’ ~ ‘The Empty Nesters’ ~ Frankenstein Symphony ~ Francofonia, KALW Radio, May 4, 2016

'Frankenstein,' a symphony by Mark Grey, comes to Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall, Marin Independent Journal, April 25, 2016

Berkeley Symphony to Close Season with FRANKENSTEIN SYMPHONY, 5/5, Broadway World, March 22, 2016

TWENTY (part of Shared Madness):

Violinist Jennifer Koh Commissions 32 Works for Solo Violin for ‘Shared Madness,’ Strings Magazine, May 24, 2016

Plentiful Peach

Los Angeles Children's Chorus Celebrates American Song at Annual Spring Concert:
Features World Premiere by Peter Knell and Los Angeles Premiere by Mark Grey,
Both Commissioned by Chorus,, 4/26/15
"The work is adapted from a story by the noted Iranian writer Samad Behrangi (1939-1968). The Plentiful Peach is the coming of age story of a peach and the brave children who secretly grow her. Grey’s music has been hailed as 'addictive' (Los Angeles Times), 'revelatory' (All Music) and 'full of energy' (Sequenza 21)."

World & LA Premieres Set for LA Children's Chorus Spring Concerts in May, Broadway World, 4/17/15

The Plentiful Peach Mashes Ideology and Art in Imaginative Performance, MetroActive, 4/15/15

Young voices raised in song — Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and San Francisco Girls Chorus both performing world premieres, The Mercury News, 4/13/15

Premiere of Mark Grey and Niloufar Talebi's "The Plentiful Peach" at Stanford, Payvand, 3/31/15

Ātash Sorushān (Fire Angels)

Q&A (Part I): After 12 years, ASO’s Robert Spano revels in having found his comfort zone, ArtsATL, March 5, 2014

Atlanta Symphony event photos

Jessica Rivera unveils Mark Grey’s Fire Angels at Zankel Hall, WQXR's Opera Blog, March 29, 2011
"Rivera explains that the collective goal for the work is to create a 'common ground for us to begin conversations about what it means to be different and yet what it means to have our own identities and yet encounter one another and understand one another.'"

Mugunghwa: Rose of Sharon

Poignant Songs for a People Divided, Wall Street Journal, March 3, 2011
"(Grey) says that pursuing such themes gives him an opportunity to explore the American fabric. 'I wanted to look at the home base—what this land was built upon,' he explains. 'I come from European stock. It's a way to educate myself about the wider world in which I live. After all, we're all children of migration. Every time you pass someone on the street, there is a hidden history there. I hope my work affords people who are not from these cultures a moment of real connection.'"

Mugung-what?, LA Weekly, March 3, 2011
"Written for violin virtuoso Jennifer Koh and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Mugunghwa is 'a story of courage and passion' that blends Korean and Western cultural and musical traditions into a unique soundscape, and is based on Korean author Namsoo Kim's chronicle of one man's spiritual path to reunification with his family, homeland and dead father."

LA Times photoMark Grey's 'Mugunghwa' traces a Korean journey,
Los Angeles Times, February 27, 2011
"Jennifer's violin is an extended voice of the chorus," Grey said, "dancing, enticing, teasing, scolding, bribing and loving — how a mudang, or tribal shaman, performs during a traditional ceremony." For Koh, the beauty of "Mugunghwa" is in its attempt to create bridges between people, and between past and present. "One can't live in the present, or even look forward, without also looking back," she said. "For me, art has always served as the shaman for the future."

LA Master Chorale Presents MUGUNGHWA 3/6,, February 8, 2011
"Mark Grey is a composer for whom I have tremendous admiration," says Gershon. "His piece, Mugunghwa, is a major new choral work - poetic, intense, and sonorous. It sparkles with fantastically colorful harmonies that respond beautifully to the poetry and the personal letters Mark has chosen to set to music. Audiences will love Mark's storytelling, his fascinating and accessible music, as well as the interplay of virtuosic chorus and violin solo. This is an extraordinary new work that I am exceedingly proud to premiere with the Master Chorale."


Articles in Korea Times (pdfs):

AHSHA: Fanfare for Orchestra

Spano and Runnicles celebrate their partnership with Mozart, a world premiere (and don’t forget Bruckner), January 27, 2011
"About 'Ahsha,' Grey writes: 'In celebration of Robert Spano and Donald Runnicles’ tenth-anniversary season in Atlanta, I wanted the subject of this work to embrace Robert’s passion for Persia, its people, culture and art.'"

Enemy Slayer: A Navajo Oratorio

Native American Journeys
Symphony magazine, May/June 2009

The Phoenix Symphony Releases Enemy Slayer: A Navajo Oratorio CD, Feb. 2009

Celebrating Navajo Stories
Denver Post, July 2008
"It celebrates Navajo stories," said Navajo poet Laura Tohe, who wrote the work's libretto. "It celebrates the oral traditions that are still alive and are still strong and that still sustain. And I think this oratorio does that in a contemporary way."

"The way it works with indigenous storytelling and connects with a Western musical art form, it created something very beautiful, something very powerful and something that spoke to a large audience."

The Mother of Enemy Slayer
Paste magazine, July 2, 2008
Enemy Slayer: A Navajo Oratorio—a 70-minute classical work—premiered in February with the Phoenix Symphony. Its first performance prompted a 10-minute standing ovation and sent some from the hall weeping into handkerchiefs."

Navajo oratorio updates creation tale
The Arizona Republic, February 2008

Mark Grey's cutting-edge classical work Enemy Slayer explores a Navajo creation story
Phoenix New Times, February 2008

A Native-Inspired Symphony in Phoenix (pdf)
Native Peoples

Healing Words: Musical statement on the human cost of war fuses Indigenous themes with classical forms (pdf)
Arizona State University newsletter, Spring 2008

Non-Native Son: Composer comes home to a place he’s never been before
Phoenix New Times, February 2008

Enemy Way inspires musical collaboration
Navajo Times, October 2007

The Phoenix Symphony's Enemy Slayer brochure (pdf)

The Phoenix Symphony's Enemy Slayer blog

Colorado Music Festival's Enemy Slayer press release (pdf)

For audio clips and videos on the making of Enemy Slayer, visit the Multimedia page.

Sound Design Articles

Perfecting the sound of THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Lyric Opera of Chicago blog, May 8, 2014

Ekulona, Chastain and Colon-Zayas Complete Cast of Othello for the Public Theater
Playbill News, July 30, 2009
by Adam Hetrick

Sound reasoning?
Feature Article - Los Angeles Times
by Mark Swed

Grey Matter: Sound in Doctor Atomic
Live Design Online article
by Tony Reveaux

John Adams
On the Transmigration of Souls
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Music and three Grammy Awards
Feature Article - Meyer Sound and the Sydney Opera House
Feature Article -

Kronos Quartet
Feature Article - Mix Magazine