"Wally Kleucker's Horn Concerto received its world premiere performance already in the year it was composed, 1978, played by the composer's wife, Malinda Kleucker, who has once again acted as her husband's splendid interpreter. It has been a long time since we have heard such beautiful phrasing and coherent horn playing." from Frederiksberg Amts Avis (Denmark), March, 1987
Composer Wally Kleucker (b.1947) has written over 150 pieces for orchestras, choirs, chamber ensembles and solo musicians. Since earning his B.M. degree in piano from Indiana University, he completed all the course requirements for a master's in composition at I.U.
While starting on his thesis and having completed 12 hours of doctoral work in composition, he received a grant from the Hoover Foundation to study at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Finland's leading contemporary composer, Einojuhani Rauttavaara.
In his 17 years in Scandinavia, he taught piano, organ and composition, conducted chamber ensembles and as a member of the Danish Composers Union. had numerous performances and broadcasts on Danish and Swedish radio of his works.
These performances include orchestral pieces and concertos performed by Jerome Ashby of the New York Philharmonic; Commisiona of the Baltimore Symphony; Ib Lanzky-Otto of the Stockholm Philharmonic;the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Aarhus Symphony Orchestra; Gavleborg Symphony; Savannah Symphony; Kalamazoo Symphony; Greensboro Symphony; and the University of North Carolina - Charlotte orchestra. His choral music, which has been his compositional focus for the past couple of decades, has been sung in over 30 states. Read more about Wally Kleucker and his music in the biography.
April 2008, Charlotte NC -- Premiere of When We Hear the Distant Music for chorus, piano and conga drum, performed by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte choir, artistic director Maria Bucka.
March 2008, St Paul, MN -- Premiere of Alleluia (Lead Us From Death To Life) by the Coastal Unitarian Church chorus, conducted by Ann Odell, Morehead, NC
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