December 12th, 2020
The creation of the Wineglass “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra” will be documented by local filmmaker Doug Mueller capturing the artists at work, surely some footage shot at Glen Deven and Big Sur. It’s an 18-minute work to be premiered by the Monterey Symphony, where Wineglass recently accepted the organization’s new position of Composer in Residence.
October 14th, 2020
Four California orchestras have joined resources to commission a new work by composer John Christopher Wineglass. The co-commissioning groups — Fresno Philharmonic, Monterey Symphony, Pacific Symphony, and the San José Chamber Orchestra — expressed a shared interest new music that responds to the extraordinary nature of life during the pandemic. Wineglass’s responsive piece will be titled Alone Together, run approximately nine minutes, and will feature strings and percussion.
October 11th, 2020
Although the Sunset Center is currently shuttered, the Monterey Symphony will present a solo performance there in January. One solitary person, Concertmaster Christina Mok will perform “Alone,” a special piece written for her by the Symphony’s composer-in-residence John Wineglass.
October 1st, 2020
Commissioned by the Portland Symphony. The Toy Factory: Little Elves, Fairies and Snowmen for Winds, Brass and Percussion. Go to link below for more information.
July 27th, 2020
The Monterey Symphony announced the appointment of John Wineglass as Composer-in-Residence. Wineglass collaborated with the Symphony in 2016 for Big Sur: The Night Sun, a massive symphonic work featuring a drum made from a redwood tree (the premiere can be viewed on the Symphony's YouTube channel). He spent time at Glen Deven Ranch in Big Sur, thanks to the Big Sur Land Trust.
July 3rd, 2020
"These are the sounds of summer by some great American composers - and these are their stories".
• John Wineglass (b. 1973), a leading Black composer whose work brings to light social issues of the past and present, his latest choral symphony is Unburied, Unmourned, Unmarked: Requiem for Rice.
All performances take place on Facebook live at 11am EST, and will be available for viewing after the broadcast.
June 16th, 2020
This week, we are honored to present Emmy award-winning composer and Stockton Symphony community member John Wineglass. John composed ‘The Sights and Sounds of Stockton: Cityscape’ for Stockton’s 2018-2019 season, in partnership with Delta College media students.
December 2nd, 2019
When I told Ze that “Unburied, Unmourned, Unmarked: Requiem for Rice” composer, John Wineglass, wanted to come along, he welcomed John with open arms, giving him an opportunity to experience West African rice fields (after we had made 2 trips to the SC rice fields) and record authentic sounds that John will incorporate into the original score. Our entire trip was captured by Bissau’s own Demba Sanha of TV Kiele and his crew for the “Making ‘Requiem for Rice’” documentary. - Dr. Edda Fields-Black
November 25th, 2019
I have been researching rice and rice farmers and tramping through rice fields on both sides of the Atlantic for the past 25 years. Hanging out with my artistic collaborators, John, and my scientist collaborators, Travis, has opened my eyes and ears to the music of the rice fields! It is transforming “Unburied, Unmourned, Unmarked: Requiem for Rice.” And, it is changing how I write history - Dr. Edda Fields-Black
August 4th, 2019
Orchestral Debut of Unburied, Unmourned, Unmarked: Requiem for Rice. If you were with us at Carnegie Music Hall on February 13, 2019 and you heard the first three movements of John Wineglass’ haunting composition, which Jeremy Reynolds, classical music critic for Pittsburgh Post-Gazette described as “[opening] with chaotic, sweeping scales in winds and strings and harsh brass chords” and praised the performance as a “small taste of what promises to be a grand dramatic homage to the darkest chapter of American history,” then you know that we MUST finish this work!
February 13th, 2019
A tribute to slaves brutalized in Lowcountry South Carolina and Georgia rice plantations. You have never experienced anything like this – “Unburied, Unmourned, Unmarked: Requiem for Rice!”
February 8th, 2019
Emmy Award winning composer John Wineglass, composer of "Casop: Requiem For Rice" to be played by the Colour of Music Orchestra at Carnegie Music Hall on February 13th, discussses the music and his work on "All My Children" and with Aretha Franklin
January 31st, 2019
Carnegie Mellon Historian, Collaborating Artists Debut
New symphonic work tells stories of slaves on Lowcountry rice plantations
January 30th, 2019
“‘Unburied, Unmourned, Unmarked’ is a new approach to teaching slavery, one that takes the humanities into a new realm. We are taking history off the shelf and putting it on the stage,” said Fields-Black.
January 21st, 2019
We will be performing the World Premiere of John Wineglass’ composition, “Bonny Doon: From the Misty Redwoods down to the Mighty Pacific Ocean” at our concerts on January 26 & 27, 2019. We asked John about his composition in an interview:
October 26th, 2018
Casop: A Requiem for Rice is THRILLED to introduce our composer, John Wineglass
October 13th, 2018
His symphony, “Voices of the West,” is a historic musical tale – in six movements – paying tribute and giving a voice to the people of the Inland Empire: tragedy and heroes, capturing the diversity of Spanish rancheros, Mormon settlers, Native Americans and African-Americans, arrival of the railroads and legends of the Old West, and the indigenous People of the Pines, ending on a message of hope.
October 11th, 2018
This inspirational composition celebrates those things that most positively distinguish San Bernardino and the diverse peoples who established the region. With music inspired by the bird songs of the Serrano Indians, hymns of the Mormon pioneers, Spanish folk tunes, and African American spirituals, this beautiful piece of music will also pay tribute to the brave first responders, and to the region's unique geography, from the majesty of the local mountains and vistas, to the built environment that provides homes and commerce to millions.
“’Voices of the West’ fulfills a long-held dream,” said Symphony Orchestra Board President Dean McVay. “We have hoped to be in the position to create something meaningful and important about the region for years and now, through the generosity of many civic-minded arts lovers this dream is coming true.”
August 2nd, 2012