In Friday (4/10) Denver Post, Kyle MacMillan writes about composer Kevin Puts: “The St. Louis native pursued both piano and composition as an undergraduate, ultimately opting for the latter as a career. While he has yet to gain the fame of John Adams, John Corigliano or Christopher Rouse, three of his idols in the field, Puts’ works have been performed coast to coast by ensembles ranging from the New York Philharmonic to the Miro Quartet. … [Colorado Symphony Orchestra Music Director Jeffrey] Kahane, who premiered Puts’ Piano Concerto last year with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Bil Jackson, the CSO’s principal clarinetist, are such fans of the composer that they spearheaded the commission of his latest work—a 22-minute clarinet concerto. The piece, funded by San Francisco patron Kathryn Gould, founder of the influential Magnum Opus commissioning project, will receive its world premiere with CSO performances today and Saturday. … The Clarinet Concerto is unusually structured with just two movements, the slow one coming first so as not to prematurely wear out the soloist.”

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Posted April 13, 2009