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Global Warming

With a “keen ear for musical color and a deft ability to adapt structural elements from popular music into the symphonic idiom” (Houston Chronicle), Michael Abels has gained widespread recognition for his orchestral pieces Global Warming and Frederick’s Fables. Global…

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Notes From The Symphony

Notes from the Symphony – Volume 1 | Issue 1 Liquify is a tone poem, featuring a series of waterfront scenes. There are rapids, followed by a peaceful pastoral scene. Then the water starts to rise in geysers. Click here…

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Michael Abels

Primarily a composer of large forms, Abels has applied his skillful compositional approach to over 20 orchestral works. His much-admired piece Global Warming—written around the time of the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War—was…

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Winged Creatures

CYSO’s Symphony Orchestra will accompany alums Anthony and Demarre McGill to perform the world premiere of composer Michael Abels’ Winged Creatures at the League of American Orchestras’ national conference on Thursday, June 14. Abels, who composed the score to the…

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Dance For Martin’s Dream

There were no doubt many methods of remembrance Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For area music lovers, the place to be was Orchestra Hall, at the Chicago Sinfonietta’s stirring tribute to the civil rights leader. The musical forces…

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Composer Spotlight

Meet the man partially responsible for your goosebumps while viewing the hit films Us and Get Out: Michael Abels. In addition to being a critically-acclaimed film composer, Abels maintains an equally impressive repertoire of concert music. Cedille Records features his…

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Harlem Quartet Debuts

The Sphinx Laureates Concert at Carnegie Hall on Sept. 25, 2007 will feature the Harlem Quartet’s premiere of Delights and Dances, a work by Michael Abels which was commissioned by the Sphinx Organization to celebrate its 10th Anniversary as well…

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