The Singing Angels performed Believe, a new work written by Alex Berko and Daniel Bayot for choir and orchestra. The piece was performed at the LeBron James Family Foundation‘s event, celebrating the opening of a brand new school in Akron, Ohio. In addition, the music will be the soundtrack to a television commercial created by WKYC that will air mid-August.
Alex’s rendition of Fool on the Hill receives a 2018 Downbeat award for ‘Best Arrangement’. The chart was recognized nationally and additional press can be found in the June 2018 issue of Downbeat Magazine (page 125). In addition, Indiana University’s VJE, directed by Jeremy Fox, received a Downbeat award for the Graduate Level of the Small Vocal Jazz Ensemble category (page 110).
Alex was selected as the winner of the 2018 Boston New Music Initiative (BNMI) 6th Annual Commissioning Competition. As a result, Alex will compose a new work for pierrot ensemble that will be featured in Spring of 2019 by the BNMI ensemble. The concert is a celebration of the relationship between visual art and music and the piece will be inspired by artwork created by a New England based artist.
Alex had his senior recital in Recital Hall at Indiana University. The concert featured a diverse program of music written throughout his past four years at IU. It also featured a number of his instrumental and conductor friends and colleagues.
New commission for the Cathedral Choral Society as part of their 2017-2018 season. The concert was entitled ‘Solitude and Joy’ and the choir premiered Alex’s piece Lincoln at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. along with a premiere of a piece by Ēriks Ešenvalds. Donald Nally conducted.
The Cape Symphony under the direction of Maestro Jung-Ho Pak performed their ‘Holiday on the Cape’ concert which featured the Chatham Chorale and various guest vocal artists including Kate McGarry. Kate performed Alfred Burt’s ‘Some Children See Him’ arranged and orchestrated by Alex.
Alex was one of five composition fellows to be selected for the Big Sky Choral Initiative where he had the opportunity to compose a new work for members of The Crossing. He also worked with conductor, Donald Nally and guest composer, Gavin Bryars.
Alex attended the Fresh Inc Festival, led by Fifth House Ensemble and directed by Dan Visconti and Stacy Garrop. He had a new work for oboe, clarinet, horn, and piano entitled ‘Comedy Club’ premiered at the festival.
‘A Fractured Whisper’ for string quartet was performed in Auer Hall at Indiana University by Isaac Allen (violin), Chris Leonard (violin), Yonsung Lee (viola), and Eliza Bracken (cello).
Indiana University’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble I performed alongside Kate McGarry as part of their spring concert. The concert featured various pieces in the jazz and folk idiom, including Alex’s new arrangement of ‘The Fool on the Hill’.
Alex performed with NOTUS Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, conducted by Dominick DiOrio at Indiana University. The concert was in memory and honor of David Baker, esteemed jazz musician and founder of the jazz studies program at Indiana University. In addition to singing in the chorus, Alex also played piano in the jazz combo for David Baker’s ‘Images, Shadows, and Dreams: Five Vignettes’.
Alex was invited to participate at the NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Institute. The program consisted of masterclasses and presentations from leading composers in the film and television industry. It culminated in a recording session with members of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra playing cues written by the participants at the program.