Performances and Events

Special Performances of Compositions

The Keys. Composed for and performed by John Graham (viola) and Alan Zimmerman (percussion). November 2, 2019, Abiquiu, NM.

The 8-Minute Genetically-Modified Opera. Amhran Trio. February 2 and September 9, 2011. Soprano Louise Mendius, John Hargreaves (horn), Cindy Little (piano). February in Los Alamos at Fuller Lodge and September in Santa Fe at the First Presbyterian Church. Commissioned by William Ballowe (horn) and soprano Elizabeth Mitchell, who first performed it with pianist Glen Smerage on January 2, 2009.

Memories from the Continents. The Santa Fe Flute Choir. May 8, May 21, May 23, and June 4, 2010. Directed by Carol Redmon at Johnson's Art Gallery in Madrid (May 8), the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Fe (May 21), Pecos Gallery in Pecos (May 23), and Music on Barcelona in Santa Fe (June 4). Commissioned by The Santa Fe Flute Choir.

Doors, Nodes and Codes, and Circus. Santa Fe Brass. June 27 and September 13, 2008. Performed at Music on Barcelona (June) and at The Johnsons of Madrid Galleries (September).

Oscar, by Roberta Mandel, from her book Jazz Tunes for Friends. Arturo Sandoval, world-renowned jazz trumpeter and composer. January 11, 2008. Performed at New York's Kennedy Center.

Cloud Dances (woodwind quintet) and Opening Night and Propaganda (string quartets). September 28, 2007. Premiered at Music on Barcelona in Santa Fe. Opening Night commissioned by Roberta Mandel.

Voices of Shekhinah: Four Illuminations. Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra. November 12 and 15, 2005. Conducted by David Amos at New Tamid Synagogue and Tifereth Israel Synagogue. Commissioned by the orchestra.

Winter Cheer. Auburn High School Choir, New York. December 2004.

October, April, and Shark. 2004. The first tune performed in a Singapore film and the others performed on the air by Taiwan radio station. The first two tunes from What a Year! and the last from Animal Anthology: Water Play.

Blue Jay, Ostrich, Parrot, Whale, and Gazelle. Minnesota Ballet. September 26, 2004. Performance For Children at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center. Selections from Animal Anthology: Flights of Fancy, Animal Anthology: Water Play, and Animal Anthology: Land Lovers.

Symphony of Light and Shadows. Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra. April 5, 2003. Conducted by Michael Morgan with pre-concert lecture by Valarie Morris. Marin Symphony. February 13, 1999. Selected for reading at the Bay Area Composers' Competition Contest Symposium. Conducted by Gary Sheldon.

Five Movements. March 3, 1999. Musica delle Donne, A Celebration of Music by Women Composers. Music Director Dann Zinn. Hayward, CA.

Full Moon, Scrumptious, and arrangement of Goodbye Pork Pie Hat. Yoshi's Jazz Club. 1992. Five-Winged Bird saxophone quintet performance in Berkeley, CA.

Music for The Gloaming, O My Darling, a play by Megan Terry. 1988. UC Berkeley Summer Playhouse. Score for flute, bassoon, piano, violin, percussion.

Other Venues, Performers, and Events

The music of Valarie Morris has enjoyed performances in a variety of venues, by a wide range of performers, and at many types of events.

San Francisco Venues
  • Goat Hall Cabaret Opera
  • Mary Sano Studio of Duncan Dancing
  • Brady Street Dance Centre
  • Venue 9
  • Footworks
  • Community Music Center
  • Playwright's Center of San Francisco

    Oakland Venues
  • Yoshi's Jazz Club
  • Koncepts Cultural Center
  • Coffee Mill

    Performance Groups
  • Sax Maniacs
  • Clarinoya
  • Adolphe Saxophone Ensemble
  • Whitehouse Saxophone Quartet

    Group Events
  • Fellow Travelers Performance Group
  • San Francisco Bay Area Accordion Club
  • Accordion Club of the Redwoods
  • Golden Gate Accordion Club
  • Awards Banquet for the STC Northern California Technical Communication Competition
  • 20th Century Forum
  • Poets Theatre Workshop

    Wedding Compositions
  • Serenade
  • Celebration of Love
  • Past Eleven

    Other Compositions Widely Performed
  • Place Pigalle
  • Bilderdijkstraat
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Sunnyside Up
  • Watching the War (1991)
  • Before the Storm
  • After the Storm
  • As Almost Anyone
  • Around the Corner
  • Overcast
  • Do a Duet
  • Good Morning, Rachel


    Northern California radio programs and stations playing music by
    Valarie Morris:

  • NPR
  • KPFA
  • KUSF
  • KALX
  • KZSU
  • KXJZ
  • KKTO
  • KUOP

    U.S. airplay outside of California includes WLHU (Lock Haven, Pennsylvania), KUNM (Albuquerque, New Mexico), KTEQ, KKUP (Cupertino), WGMU, WHUS (Connecticut), KFLR (Howell, Michigan), WRUV, KGRK, WXJM, WCBN, WRSU, and WUSM.

    International airplay includes CJAM in Ontario, Canada, Bucuresti in Romania; London and Kingston, Ontario in Canada; Latvia; Russia; Brussels and Gent in Belgium; Toulouse, France; Viitasaari, Finland; Freudenstadt, Baiersbronn, Munich, Nordspessart, Bayersbronn, and Osnabruck in Germany; and Cortina D'Ampezzo, Rome, South Tyrol, and Torino in Italy!

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