Betsy Schramm

Betsy Schramm, at left, a composer and an Arlington resident, is releasing a CD, "Arrays of Light," on April 15.

Selections will be performed at a CD release concert at 8 p.m. that Wednesday, at the Tsai Performance Center, Boston University.

The concert features Mark Ponzo and Terry Everson, trumpets, with JeongSoo Kim, piano, and percussion. 

"Arrays of Light" has more than 80 minutes of her music for brass featuring Ponzo, on trumpet.

The CD includes music for solo trumpet, solo flugelhorn, trumpet and percussion, trumpet and piano, two trumpets, and brass quintet. Joining Mark on the album are a group of fantastic classical music performers: Gregory Beyer, percussion, JeongSoo Kim, piano, David Gauger, trumpet, and the Chicago Gargoyle Brass, with Stephen Squires, conductor.

To fund about half of the costs of producing the CD, she seeks funding via Kickstarter and invites patrons to be part of her new album. You may donate here >>

She said her music has received many awards and commissions and has been cited for its "visionary quality" and "impressive lyricism" and has been called "expansive, daring and unpredictable" by The Boston Globe, Buffalo News and Boston Herald.

While pursuing her doctorate at the Eastman School of Music, she was a Fulbright Scholar in London, where she studied at the English National Opera and Cambridge University.
Her music has been performed across the United States and Europe and broadcast on BBC Radio and NPR, as well as many times on the Menotomy Concert Series in Arlington.

She said she met Ponzo when both were graduate students at the Eastman School. He commissioned a solo trumpet piece, "Arrays of Light." He recorded and submitted the piece to the International Trumpet Guild Composition Contest, where it won first prize.

Since those days, "I've been delighted to write a number of works for Mark for his many tours to Boston and for my guest composer residency at Northern Illinois University. It became apparent to me that it was a must to have a recording of these works by the performer they were written for. Mark Ponzo brings a singular artistry, talent and commitment to these performances. No composer could ask for a better portrayal of her music."


This extended anouncement was published Thursday, April 2, 2015