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Gabriel Ruiz-Bernal

Location: Maryland, USA
Composer of choral, vocal, orchestral and instrumental music.  Ph.D. Universidad de Sevilla, Spain.
Senior Faculty at the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C.
Organist at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
Visiting Professor at the University of Seville, Spain.
MAGNIFICAT in D Major for choir SATB, soloists SATB, and string ensemble with two flutes, two oboes, three trumpets, timpani and piano.
World Premiere: December 2013.  Choir of the University of Sevilla, Spain.  Orquesta Sinfónica Hispalense.
U.S. Premiere: November 2015.  Camerata California, Sacramento, CA.
Press review for the US Premiere of Magnificat (November 15, 2015):  Dick Frantzreb, of The Sacramento Choral Calendar.

...  Even in this first movement I was impressed by the stirring quality of the music, and I wrote in my notes, "This is a work that any classically-inclined director or chorus would want to perform."

Taking in the great sense of movement and excitement in the fourth movement, I was thinking that this Magnificat, with its variety of styles and fresh musical ideas, was unlike anything else I've heard.”

... It took mere seconds for all of us in the audience to rise to our feet and deliver the longest standing ovation that I can recall.  In this premiere, we had witnessed a major event, the debut of piece from a young composer that may well become a mainstay of the contemporary classical repertoire. For me, it was a moment of awe, as I believe it was for all the others who just could not stop applauding.  

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