World Premiere of “Tempestas” by Jenni Brandon Performed by Stacia Fortune and Ryan Pearson at The Cider Gallery, Lawrence Kansas

The world premiere of “Tempestas” for clarinet (b flat & bass) by Jenni Brandon. Stacia Fortune, clarinet and Ryan Pearson, keyboard perform the concert at The Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St Lawrence Kansas 66044. The concert is on Friday, April 22, 2022, from 7:00 to 10:00 PM and can be seen on YouTube at Ears to the Earth 2022 – YouTube. The program is:

Ears to the Earth

April 22nd, 2022

The Cider Gallery 7:30 PM 


The Sequoia Trio Jenni Brandon (b. 1977)

Bennett Morgan, clarinet; Maya Griswold, oboe

Megan Gordon, bassoon

Sept Papillion Kaija Saariaho (b. 1952)

James Alexander, cello

Jump in the River James Alexander (b. 1994)

James Alexander, cello; Matt Otto, tenor saxophone

Luke Helker, percussion; Ethan Strickland, electronics

Wind Rhythms Christine Olejnichek (b. 1958)

Amorphous Collective

blue drag on sterile canvas* Nicholas Tran (b. 1997)

Luke Helker, percussion

Tempestas* Jenni Brandon

Postscript Duo (Stacia Fortune, clarinets; Ryan Pearson, percussion)

* Denotes Premiere

The composition “Tempestas” was inspired by the painting “Ocean Over Kansas by Brian Timmer. The mural is in the Lawrence Beer Company, near the Cider Gallery. The Koch Cultural Trust generously funds the performance.

Jenni Brandon is a composer and conductor, creating music in collaboration with other musicians and artists.  She writes music that is beautiful and lyrical, telling stories through memorable musical lines often influenced by the collaborator’s story, nature, and poetry.  She has been commissioned to write music for soloists, chamber ensembles, concertos, opera and orchestra.  Her music appears on over 20 albums, and has been awarded the Sorel Medallion, American Prize, Paderewski Cycle, Women Composers Festival of Hartford International Composition Competition, and Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition among others. Her works are published and distributed by Boosey & Hawkes, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Graphite Publishing, TrevCo Music Publishing, Imagine Music, J.W. Pepper, and June Emerson. She also runs her own publishing company, Jenni Brandon Music, which publishes and distributes her works.  As a conductor she often conducts her own works and works by living composers.  She conducted her one‐act opera 3 PADEREWSKIS in the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center in 2019. She also presents workshops and talks on collaboration and the business of music, striving to create a supportive environment where collaboration leads to an exploration of ideas.  She received her undergraduate degree in Music Composition at West Chester University in Pennsylvania.  She then received her Master’s degree in Music Composition from the University of Texas at Austin.  She did doctoral work at the University of Southern California.   When she is not making music, Jenni is often on her yoga mat, either practicing or teaching yoga.  Jenni also loves walking her dogs and travelling with her husband to snorkel in tropical waters.  Visit to learn more.