Bruce Stark has been chosen as the 2019 Commissioned Composer of the Year by the Washington State Music Teachers Association. Stark will compose a new work to be premiered at the WSMTA 2019 Conference.
On January 30, 2018 tuba player Phillip Black performed Stark's Song of the Whale for tuba and piano at Wichita State University, Kansas.
On January 19, 2018 trombonist Don Lucas and pianist Katia Dinas gave the world premiere of Bruce Stark's Suite No. 2 for Trombone and Piano at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Canada. Mr. Lucas commissioned the work in 2017.
Quintet of the Americas, a New York-based woodwind quintet, performed River Song, the 3rd movement from Bruce Stark's Americana Wind Quintet on January 18, 2018 at the Beacon Rehabilitation Center in Rockaway Park, NY. They also performed Americana Wind Quintet on April 15 at Flushing Library, Queens, NY and April 20 at the National Opera Center in Manhattan, NY.
On March 17, 2018 trombonist Rachel Li and pianist Bente Hansen performed Stark's Promise in a recital at University of Lethbridge Recital Hall in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
On April 14, 2018 trombonists Don Lucas and Hiroyuki Odagiri gave the Japan premiere of Stark's Suite for Two Tenor Trombones and Piano at Kunitachi College of Music.
On June 21, 2018 pianist Yuko Mifune performed Stark's Winged in Nagoya, Japan.
On July 1, 2018 Bruce Stark's Three Dances for flute, violin and piano received its world premiere at the Music Teachers' Association of California Convention in Orange County, California. Stark's Four for 4 hands piano was also featured at the convention as part of the contemporary music seminar, in a performance by Minji Noh and Kookhee Hong.
In July 11, 2018 Don Lucas, Joao Luis Areais and Ling Leng gave the American premiere of Stark's Suite for Two Tenor Trombones and Piano and Suite No. 2 for Trombone and Piano at the International Trombone Festival in Iowa City. Mr. Lucas commissioned the works in 2016 and 2017.
On August 8, 2018 Stark's Suite for Horn, Trombone and Piano will be performed at Auditorio Alfonso Letelier Llona del Centro Cultural Providencia, Chile by John Dodge (horn, Philharmonic Orchestra of Theater of Santiago), Matias Tapia (trombone, Philharmonic orchestra of Theater of Santiago) and Eun Seong Hong (piano, University of Chile)
Rebecca Tong will lead the Jakarta Symphony in a performance of Bruce Stark's Symphonic Dances on August 25, 2018 in Jakarta.
Bruce Stark was awarded the 2018 Friends of Today's Music commission from the Music Teachers' Association of California. Stark has been commissioned to compose a trio for flute, violin and piano for its premiere on July 1, 2018 at the MTAC Convention in Orange County, California.
Trombonist Don Lucas led performances of Stark's Suite for Two Tenor Trombones and Piano on November 17, 2017 at Birmingham Conservatory (England) and November 21, 2017 at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama (England).
On November 4, 2017 Trombonist Megumi Kanda (principal, Milwaukee Symphony) performed Stark's Serenade for a Princess and Promise for trombone and piano in her recital at University of Iowa.
Bruce Stark's Suite for Horn, Trombone and Piano was performed by the Lucachinski Trio (Heidi Lucas, horn, Bruce Tychinski, trombone and Julie Nishimura, piano) in the following concerts: September 27, 2017 at the University of Delaware, Newark; September 29, 2017 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana; October 2, 2017 at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO; October 3, 2017 at University of Colorado, Boulder, CO and October 4, 2017 at University of Wyonming, Laramie, WY.
On September 26, 2017 trombonist Hiroyuki Odagiri (Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra) included Bruce Stark's Ode to Friendship from Suite for Trombone and Piano on his recital at Asahi Kagura Kominkan in Hokkaido, Japan.
On September 21, 2017 Tokyo-based Academia Publishing released a series of 8 scores of Bruce Stark's music for low brass and piano, including several works for trombone and piano, tuba and piano, and various duos, trios and quartets, for distribution in Japan.
Music On August 26 the Westwood Wind Quintet gave a performance of Bruce Stark's Americana Wind Quintet at Crystal Hall in Camas, Washington.
On July 3 Bruce Stark's Symphonic Dances was performed in the opening concert of the 2017 Chautauqua Music Festival (New York) by the Music School Festival Orchestra under Timothy Muffitt.
On July 8 the Austrian Clarinet Choir performed Stark's Takumi's Boogie for clarinet octet as part of its Ten Year Jubilee Concert in Mautern, Austria under its director Dr. Friedrich Pfatschbacher.
On June 29 Megumi Kanda (principal, Milwaukee Symphony) gave the world premiere of Bruce Stark's Serenade for a Princess and Promise for trombone and piano, as part of the 2017 International Trombone Festival at University of Redlands, California.
In another recital at the International Trombone Festival, trombonist Jeremy Wilson (formerly Vienna Philharmonic) performed Stark's Suite for Trombone and Piano.
Stark's Americana Wind Quintet is included in the Westwood Wind Quintet's new release from Crystal Records entitled Augmented (2017).
On January 12, 2017 pianist Dorothy Vogel performed Bruce Stark's Dance No. 3 and Prelude No. 4 as part of a recital in the Cordia concert series in Traverse City, Michigan.
On January 22, 2017 the piano duo of Minji Noh and Kook Hee Hong performed Variation No. 4 from Stark's Four for 4-hands piano in their recital at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California.
On March 6, 2017 John Barcellona conducted the world premiere of Bruce Stark's Meadow Music for an ensemble of 10 Native American flutes at California State University, Long Beach.
The following new release was added to the Belle-Kane Publications catalogue: Romance for cello and piano (available online at belle-kane.com)
In 2016 the following new releases were added to the Belle-Kane Publications catalogue: Suite for Two Tenor Trombones and Piano, Promise and Serenade for a Princess for cello and piano, Song of the Whale for tuba and piano, Symphonic Dances and Suite for Horn, Trombone and Piano. (available online at belle-kane.com)
German pianist Kai Schumacher gave a performance of Stark's Ode to 'Ode to Joy' on December 7, 2016 at a charity concert for the Beethoven Academy.
On November 18-20 Ars Nova, a mixed chorus based in Denver, Colorado directed by Thomas Morgan performed Bruce Stark's Wind Song and Rain Song in collaboration with the modern dance troup Frequent Flyers for the world premiere of new choreography by its director Nancy Smith. The performances were held at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder, CO.
On November 4, trombonist Lee Knier performed Stark's Gospel Song Fantasy as part of his faculty recital at Salisbury University in Maryland.
German pianist Kai Schumacher continues to champion Bruce Stark's Urban Nocturnes, a work for solo piano that he commissioned from Stark in 2015. He performed the work on October 22 (his 12th performance of the piece) in Berlin at the Zeiss-Grosplanetarium.
On October 21, 2016 Bruce Stark's Symphonic Dances received its world premiere by the Baton Rouge Symphony under Timothy Muffitt. Stark did a pre-concert talk with Maestro Muffitt.
On September 29, 2016 trombonist Don Lucas and others gave the world premiere of Bruce Stark's Suite for Two Tenor Trombones and Piano as part of a recital in the III UNIRIO International Trombone Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mr. Lucas commissioned the work during the summer of 2016.
On August 5, 2016 Trio La Plage of Tokyo gave a performance of Bruce Stark's Trio Suite for violin, clarinet and piano at the Lutheran Church in Ichigaya, Tokyo.
At the 2016 National Flute Convention in San Diego, California this summer John Barcellona (chair of woodwinds department, California State University, Long Beach, CA) performed In Flow from Stark's Ancient Presence for Native American flute and piano. Barcellona commissioned Stark for the piece in 2015. He will conduct the world premiere of Stark's Meadow Music for Native American flute choir this spring at Long Beach State University.
A woodwind quintet comprised of members of the Milwaukee Symphony performed Stark's Americana Wind Quintet at the Washington Island Chamber Music Festival (Wisconsin) on August 1, 2016. The quintet also performed the work at St. Johns on the Lake in Milwaukee on January 11, 2016.
On May 14, 2016 the Los Angeles Clarinet Choir conducted by Victoria Ramos performed the U.S. premiere of Bruce Stark's Takumi's Boogie for clarinet octet in Westerbrook Recital Hall, Pasadena City College.
Pianist Derek Kealii Polischuk performed Stark's Six Dances for Piano in his recitals in 2016 on March 3 at Michigan State University, March 25 at University of Michigan and May 17 at Orange County School of the Arts.
In 2015 Megumi Kanda (principal trombone, Milwaukee Symphony) and Dietrich Hemann (horn, Milwaukee Symphony) commissioned Bruce Stark for a new work. They gave the world premiere of the piece, Suite for Horn, Trombone and Piano, on January 18, 2016 at the Trombone and Horn Festival at Wright State University in Ohio.
Megumi Kanda has been championing Stark's Suite for Trombone and Piano and his arrangements of some traditional Japanese melodies in 2016 at concerts on February 25 at University of South Carolina, March 24 at Western Michigan University, and April 9 at Texas Christian University.
During the summer of 2015 the Westwood Wind Quintet, one of the foremost woodwind quintets in the U.S., recorded Bruce Stark's Americana Wind Quintet for inclusion in a release from Crystal Records in 2016. Stark was present at rehearsals for the recording in Camus, Washington.