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George Frederick McKay (June 11, 1899 – October 4, 1970) was a prolific modern American composer.

George Frederick McKay's music, recently recorded by Grammy-Winning artists Leonard Slatkin, William Bolcom and John McLaughlin Williams on NAXOS Records, emerges from the Far West of North America carrying a vigorous blend of influences, including Civil War Era folksongs sung to him by his grandparents; old Fiddlers' Tunes…

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  • You Tube video of McKay Organ work "Carillon for A Joyful Day" at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKS3vbT8Dqc&feature=related from Benedictions Suite.
  • Official website for American composer George Frederick McKay is www.georgefrederickmckaymusic.net
  • The conductor of George Frederick McKay's first two orchestral albums on NAXOS Records, John McLaughlin Williams, has won a Grammy and has been nominated again this year for an album of music by the composers Bloch and Lees.
  • Several McKay Jazz Age Tunes in novelty digital style can be heard at http://www.myspace.com/alleydanceakagfmckay
  • McKay's Symphonic Work with Chorus "To A Liberator" will be released in February 2009 on a special NAXOS CD celebrating the Lincoln Bi-Centennial, conducted by Leonard Slatkin with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. A live performance was presented in the summer of 2008.
  • Conductors who have presented McKay's music: Leopold Stokowski Sir Thomas Beecham Richard Hickox Arthur Fiedler Howard Hanson Arthur Benjamin Karl Krueger Fabien Sevitsky Milton Katims Carmen Dragon John McLaughlin Williams Paul Lemay Frederick Fennell Stanley Chapple Dr. Richard Bales John Nardolillo Stephan Sanderling Joseph Curiale
  • Radio Australia (ABC Classical) will broadcast George Frederick McKay's Epoch Symphony, Pastoral Movement with choir on 12/30/08. The 4 PM program also includes music of Gershwin, Orff (Carmina Burana) and Vivaldi. Epoch was released on NAXOS CD 8.559330 in September 2008, and has received very positive reviews from critics including Richard Freed, who writes music reviews for the New York Times and other publications.
  • WQXR, the New York Times Classical Music Station will broadcast George Frederick McKay's "Suite on 16th Hymn Tunes" on Thanksgiving Day in New York City at 9:41 am Eastern Time Zone USA. WQXR has broadcast many of McKay's symphonic works on national holidays in recent years.
  • Radio Australia (classical) will broadcast George Frederick McKay's "Suite on 16th Century Hymn Tunes" on the afternoon of November 28, 2008.
  • Have noticed the first USA radio broadcasts of the McKay "Epoch" CD at WGTE Ohio, WCMU Michigan, and WDAV Charlotte.The recording is picking up a following in the area of choral music too, as indicated by some very high Amazon,com rankings in the "choir" category. WDAV presented Epoch in their new recordings segment and printed the cover image on their website on October 24th. George Frederick McKay's early symphonies based on Northwest culture have been commemorated with engraved walkway bricks in the new Statue of Liberty Park on the waterfront of the Alki District in Seattle, near the landing place of the first pioneers in the 1850's. McKay was commissioned by the Seattle Symphony and civic groups to compose Evocation Symphony for the Seattle Centennial in 1951-52.

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