Music Faculty Kim Portnoy, Carolbeth True Produce New Recordings

Jan. 25, 2019

Music Faculty Kim Portnoy, Carolbeth True Produce New Recordings
The recording of Portnoy's "Caprice" was supported by a Webster University Faculty Research Grant, and by a generous donation from Bob and Nancy Klepper.

The Department of Music is delighted to announce two new CD recordings by faculty members Kim Portnoy and Carolbeth True.

Kim Portnoy: Caprice

The Department of Music is delighted to announce two new CD recordings by faculty members Kim Portnoy and Carolbeth True.

Portnoy, director of Music Composition, released Caprice, a collection featuring original chamber music recorded by Webster University faculty and other musicians from the Saint Louis area. The composition span a period of 14 years.  

"I love to compose," said Portnoy. "I would compose whether anyone asked me to or not. Fortunately, on occasion, I am asked: by individual performers and chamber ensembles, sometimes with a commission attached, sometimes not. Often those asking are friends, all are wonderful and accomplished musicians. That they ask me to compose music for them is a heartening vote of confidence."

The recording was supported by a Webster University Faculty Research Grant, and by a generation donation from Bob and Nancy Klepper. Copies are available for purchase by contacting portnoki@webster.edu.

Carolbeth True: True Christmas

Carolbeth True
Adjunct professor of jazz piano Carolbeth
True's album, True Christmas, is a family
effort.

True, adjunct professor of jazz piano, released her latest album, True Christmas, in late 2018 on the Autumn Hill Jazz label. The disc is a collection of inventive reharmonizations of classic Christmas carols, filtered through a contemporary lens. Performers in the group Two Times True include True on piano/keyboard, her son Dave featured on drums, and Glen Smith on bass.

The recording is available at store.cdbaby.com/cd/twotimestrue, or by contacting carolbethtrue@mac.com.

“These delightful discs represent the inventiveness and excellence of our artist/teachers,” says Jeffrey Carter, chair of the Department of Music in the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts. "Listening to these recordings has been a joy.  We are so pleased for our colleagues that their music-making is now available to an even wider audience.”

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