HIt the Note for flute choir was commissioned and premiered by the South Shore Conservatory Flute Symphony under the direction of Donald Zook on July 31, 2019 at the South Shore Conservatory in Hingham, Massachusetts.
The University of Central Florida Bands, under the direction of Dr. Scott Lubaroff, is leading a consortium to commission John Frantzen to compose a double concerto for violin, violoncello and wind ensemble to be premiered in the spring and fall of 2020.
Donald Zook and the South Shore Conservatory Flute Symphony in Hingham, MA have commissioned John to compose a new work for flute choir in celebration of their 30th Anniversary Season in 2019!
SO SIMPLE - University of Central Missouri Wind Ensemble - Dr. Scott Lubaroff
Conductor Paul Bambach and the University of California Santa Barbara Wind Ensemble will be performing the four movement CATALYST symphony on their upcoming 25th Anniversary concert on May 27, 2018!
Dr. Richard Good and the Auburn University Symphonic Winds performed SKRONK for wind ensemble on their featured 2018 Auburn University Symphonic Honor Band Festival performance.
The Concordia Band, under the direction of Dr. Peter Haberman, will be performing SKRONK for wind ensemble on their domestic tour across the Midwest! February 6-11, 2018.
Dr. Dustin Barr and the California State University at Fullerton Symphonic Winds performed John's four movement Catalyst for wind ensemble on December 3, 2017.
Dr. Gregory Whitmore and the Mt. San Antonio College Wind Ensemble invited John to be a composer residence during their 2017-2018 season culminating in a featured performance of Euphoria.
Broadcast during the second of hour of Performance Today's Weekend episode: September 16, 2017 "Josuha Bell and Sam Haywood play Spivey Hall". Fred Child, host.
Broadcast during the second of hour of Performance Today's episode: September 14, 2017 "From Candlesticks to Stage Lights". Fred Child, host.
John was invited to be a composer-in-residence at the University of Central Missouri from April 13-19, 2017. Two performances featuring his compositions were given during the weeklong residency. The first concert, by the University of Central Missouri Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. Ernest Jennings, took place on Monday, April 17 at 7:30pm. The second concert, on Wednesday, April 19 at 7:30pm included two world premieres, Where Rivers Bend and So Simple, performed by the University of Central Missouri Wind Ensemble, Dr. Scott Lubaroff, conductor. The April 19 concert also featured a performance of Big City for orchestra by the University of Central Missouri Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Dr. John Rutland. Both concerts were at Hendricks Hall Auditorium located on the University of Central Missouri Campus.
Beyond a Wild Dream is scheduled to be broadcast on Performance Today America’s most popular classical music radio program. The performance, given by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mark Russell Smith during their 100th Anniversary season celebration, will be featured on the first hour of the program’s Tuesday, June 28, 2016 show.
John will have his composition “Skronk” performed by University of Central Missouri Wind Ensemble on their upcoming concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The performance, under the direction of conductor, Dr. Scott Lubaroff, will take place in famed Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, February 13 at 8pm.
Curtis Institute of Music professor, Dr. Ke-Chia Chen and composer John Frantzen were commissioned to orchestrate and arrange ten works for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s upcoming performance during the Papal Visit in Philadelphia. On September 22-27 Philadelphia will host the World Meeting of Families, a massive multi-day Catholic celebration of families culminating in a visit by Pope Francis on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27. 1.5 million visitors are expected to attend the event. Chen and Frantzen orchestrated and arranged ten hymns for the Philadelphia orchestra, under the direction Yannick Nézet-Séguin, to be performed at the Papal Mass providing the liturgical music for the 400 member Philadelphia Archdiocesan Choir. The Papal Mass will take place on Sunday, September 27, at 4pm on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.
John will have his new composition “Beyond a Wild Dream” premiered by The Quad City Symphony Orchestra on their 2014-2015 opening concert celebrating their 100th anniversary season. The premiere performance, under the direction of conductor Mark Russell Smith, will take place at the Adler Theater in Davenport at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4. In addition there will be a matinee performance at Augustana College’s Centennial Hall Auditorium at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5. Other works featured will be Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, with Andre Watts, piano soloist and Antonín Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”.