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News and Recordings

Look in the Eyes of People You Don’t Know, based on a poem by Emeritus Professor William Palmer, was premiered by the Alma Symphony on April 13/14, 2019.

2018 saw four performances of Dark Forest for viola solo, in Denmark (Aarhus and Copenhagen), Iceland (Reykjavik) and at Central Michigan University. 

Clarinet magazine, in a 2018 review of a CD release on the Centaur label, describes Splash! as “particularly fine,” stating that it “stands out both for the group’s performances and for the quality of the composition.” This work has seen multiple performances by the Cavell Trio.

I Loved the Color Blue – this 25-minute song cycle for voice, clarinet, cello, and piano, has been performed at Alma College (2017), The University of Delaware (2017), Murray State University (2016), and Central Michigan University (2016). Excerpts from this cycle have been programmed on recitals throughout the country.

I Surrender: Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra was premiered with the Alma Symphony in 2015 (Wesley Warnhoff soloist) and then performed at Central Michigan University in 2016 (Kennen White soloist).


February 2016 saw Murray Gross in residence at Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming. This highly competitive program, located on 30,000 scenic acres at the base of the Medicine Bow National Forest, provides “time and space for artistic exploration through immersion in the extraordinary beauty of the West.”


One by One, a Hanukkah piece for SATB choir and piano, was performed three times by the Alma College Choirs as part of their 2015 Festival of Carols.


Me and My Shadow, for cello solo, was premiered by Jamie Fiste in October 2015 at Central Michigan University.


Watchman, Tell Us of the Night was played at the October 2015 Bowling Green New Music Festival (Ohio). This brass ensemble piece has been performed by several professional ensembles, including the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The piece has been broadcast several times on public radio stations and a recording is available through the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra.


Urban Myth was performed three times in April 2015 by the Oklahoma City University Wind Philharmonic. This popular work was heard in 2014 at Florida State University, and is available on the GIA Windworks label as performed by the North Texas Wind Symphony under the direction of Eugene Corporon. The piece received an eleven-page analysis in the 2011 book “Teaching Music Through Performance in Band.”

Just a Moment was heard in November 2015 in Indianapolis, played by pianist Casey Robards. Dr. Robards premiered the piece in 2013 at Central Michigan University.


April 08, 2015 - Under the Influence, led by Timothy Shade, was played by the Frost Woodwind Ensemble at the University of Miami. This work has been performed by the Florida State University Wind Ensemble, the Wisconsin Winds (resident professional ensemble of Carroll College), and by ensembles at Michigan State University, Western Illinois University, and Bethel University (Kansas).


March 28, 2015 - The Echo Saxophone Quartet performed Breathing Lessons at a conference of the College Music Society. This work has been played by several sax quartets, and was heard in March 2013 at a conference of the North American Saxophone Alliance, and in March and April of 2012 at Ball State University.

August 21, 2015 - The electro-acoustic work Traffic was heard at the opening concert of the Birmingham New Music Festival (Alabama). This piece was chosen to be part of the Vox Novus 60x60 Environmental Mix, which received its world premiere on March 30, 2013, at Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo, California. It was heard at the Electronic Music Midwest Festival (Kansas City, 2013) and again at California State University, Long Beach, in 2014.


February 20, 2014 - Mulher Solitária was played by Jennifer Kennard at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts in Minnesota. This extended version has also been performed by Tess Miller at Alma College; flautist Maria Carolina Cavalcanti performed the original version of Mulher Solitária in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (October 2012) and again in New York City in February 2013.

January 27, 2014 – The Bateira Trio performed I can’t quite remember… at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as part of the Composer’s Voice concert series.

Talking in my Sleep - Chamber Music of Murray Gross

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Urban Myth - North Texas Wind Symphony


The Wild, Wild West - h2 Quartet


Las calles de Buenos Aires –

The Scott/Garrison Duo with Rajung Yang 


Irrational Exuberance - Jonathan Nichol, sax


Splash! - The Cavell Trio


Murray Gross, conductor - Anthony Braxton

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