Note John Estacio was commissioned by the Cincinnati Ballet to compose an orchestral score for the new full length ballet King Arthur's Camelot. With choreography by Victoria Morgan, the ballet premiered February 13 - 16, 2014. You can see behind the scenes videos here.
Note The National Arts Centre Orchestra and conductor Pinchas Zukerman recently toured the China with Estacio's Brio. The tour included stops in Guangzhou, Fulong, Chongqing, Tianjin, Beijing, and Shanghai. The Hong Kong Symphony also performed Brio with conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni. The piece was also performed by the Edmonton Symphony and the Columbus Symphony and the Victoria Symphony in the 2013 season. The Thunder Bay Symphony will be performing the Brio May 1, 2014.
Note The Cincinnati Symphony recently gave the American premiere of Borealis. The CSO also perfromed the score for the premiere of King Arthur's Camelot.
Note Two other ensembles also toured with works by Estacio this past summer. The Richard Eaton Singers toured Germany with branche, composed for the RES with a text by Ted Blodgett. Meanwhile the New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia performed Prairie Ride and Sunset on their tour of Europe.
Note Internationally reknowned baritone Russell Braun and the Grammy Award winning violinist James Ehnes recently premiered a new song cycle, Away and Awake. With words by John Murrell and commisioned by the Women's Musical Club of Toronto, the piece premiered May 2, 2013 at Koerner Hall, Toronto, with Carolyn Maule on piano.
Note The Edmonton Symphony released a CD of Estacio's Triple Concerto. The ESO gave the American premiere at their Carnegie Hall debut on May 8, 2012. Recently revised, this was the first time the concerto had been performed since its premiere in 1997. The concert also included works by Allan Gilliland, Robert Rival and Martinu.
Note For more information about the Triple Concerto, click here to listen to the ESO's podcast featuring excerpts from the piece. Click here to listen to John's recent interview on The Unknown Studio.
Note Filumena, Estacio and Murrell's first opera, recently received its American broadcast premiere on KSPS, the PBS affiliate in Spokane. The opera is tentatively scheduled to air on the entire PBS network in the fall. Click here for a short trailer for the Filumena DVD.
Note Estacio and Murrell's new opera, Lillian Alling, was recently performed at the Banff Summer Festival. To listen to the Vancouver Opera's production of Lillian Alling, and for production photographs and the synopsis, go to the concerts on demand webpage at the CBC.
Note You can read more about John Estacio at the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada.
Note You can follow John on Twitter @EstacioComposer

Filumena, Estacio and Murrell's first opera, is available on DVD. Click on Filumena for more information about the opera and how to get a copy of the DVD. Click here for a short trailer of the DVD.