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"Contemporary Concerns" Program of Wisconsin Premieres brings audience to tears

On November 1st, Anna Maria Manalo (piano, violin) performed the Wisconsin premiere of Rain Worthington's "An Evening Indigo" as part of the First Unitarian Society of Madison's Friday Noon Musicale series.

Anna Maria performed the Wisconsin premieres of four contemporary composers in a program titled, "Contemporary Concerns."

The audience was captured in the dissonant notes, responding with warm applause. At the end of the performance, one gentleman approached Anna Maria and shared that he had been attending the Friday Noon Musicale series for 30 years. He continued to say that he had heard a lot of world-class pianists and violinists, but never in one person. The gentleman was brought to tears by the performance, expressing the true joy we all experience through powerful pieces artfully performed by talented musicians.

With his kind words and outpouring of emotion, we are reminded why the work of Millennium Chamber Symphony and performers everywhere is so vital to our quality of life.


You can watch the performance on the Millennium Chamber Symphony Facebook page here:

We hope you will enjoy the performance.



Roads and Tyranny, for piano

Thomas Addison

Both Shall Row, for piano

Loretta Notareschi

Traditional Irish Folk Song

Another Sun, for piano

David McMullin

An Evening Indigo, for violin

Rain Worthington

Poem by Gunnbjorg Oladottir

Form'd of Joy and Mirth, for piano

Loretta Notareschi



Anna Maria Manalo (piano, violin) is co-founder of the Millennium Chamber Symphony in New York. Her performance credits include Carnegie Hall, the Winspear Theatre, Edmonton, Canada, and the Abelardo Hall, Manila, Philippines. Her lifelong mission is to use music to create social change, especially to the stigmatized. Based in Denver, CO, Anna works with students of all exceptionalities, and directs a bi-monthly chamber music series at a shelter for homeless women. In New York, she directs the MCS Music and Healing series at Mt. Sinai Hospitals. Visit

Thomas Addison (composer)’s compositions include works for full orchestra, dance, and Off-Broadway Theater. His awards and grants including the New Music for Young Ensembles National Composers’ Competition First Prize, Meet the Composer, and The ASCAP Special Awards Program. His works have been heard in the New York City metropolitan area at Weill Recital Hall, The Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, Mannes College, Hofstra University, The Construction Company, on radio station WQXR, and internationally in Belgium and Japan. He has received performances by The Meridian String Quartet, The Alaria Chamber Ensemble, The Momenta String Players, The Belgian Radio Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble, and numerous solo artists in the USA and abroad. He is one of the founding composer members of New York City’s Music Under Construction and has taught Composition and Theory at New York City’s New School/Mannes College of Music.

Loretta K. Notareschi (composer) seeks to create compassion and connection through her music. Described as “powerful” (The Denver Post) and “deeply personal” (5280 Magazine), she seeks to move listeners with music of meaning. Notareschi is professor of music at Regis University and a summer faculty member of The Walden School Creative Musicians Retreat. She earned the Bachelor of Music in composition from University of Southern California,

master’s and doctoral degrees in composition from the University of California at Berkeley, and the General Diploma from the Zoltàn Kodàly Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemèt, Hungary, where she was a Fulbright Scholar.

David McMullin (composer) is a contemporary composer with a medieval mindset. He describes his relationship to music as sacramental—as a tactile experience that puts us in touch with the Divine. Accordingly, each composition is a kind of prayer, designed to unlock a spirit of wonder, uniquely for each listener. Described as “beautifully free” while possessing a “vivid internal drive” (Hudební Rozhledy, Prague), his music has been performed by professional ensembles in the United States, Europe and Asia. David is a recipient of the Aaron Copland Award, IRNE Award, ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, and MacDowell Colony Fellowship. He holds the Bachelor’s degree in music from Yale, and a Ph.D. in music theory and composition from New York University. He offers consulting

services to arts organizations, with a focus on non-profits that serve disadvantaged communities and youth by harnessing the mysterious power of art and music.

Rain Worthington (composer) is self-taught in composition, impulses for new pieces have included the sounds of trucks backing up late in the night, the two-note expression of a sigh, and a dream of a careening bike ride through dark fog. Performances of Worthington’s compositions have spanned the globe from Brazil to Iceland to Armenia, with premieres in Tokyo, Oxford University, and Delhi Music Society in India. Her work takes “. . . ideas of American musical style to a new place – like a walk in a familiar, yet very different park” – Chamber Music magazine. Her catalog includes works for orchestra, mixed chamber ensembles, violin duo, solo marimba, and more.

MCS Performers:

Anna Maria Manalo, piano & violin


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