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PARMA Recordings Presents

Ballet Premiere: The Glass of Absinthe/Bela’s Bash

November 23, 2021 3:00 PM EST

PARMA Live Stage presents the performance premiere of two works by composer Carl Vollrath, choreographed for ballet and performed by faculty at Troy University’s School of Music and Department of Theatre and Dance.

The Glass of Absinthe, composed by Vollrath, was originally recorded by legendary flutist Dieter Flury with Ieva Oša on piano at the Blagoje Bersa Concert Hall in Zagreb, Croatia, and released on THE UNFOLDING FLUTE VOL. 1 (Navona, 2020).

Bela’s Bash, originally released in 2021 on Vollrath’s TRANSIT VOICES with Sharan Leventhal (violin), Rane Moore (clarinet), and Randall Hodgkinson (piano).

Carl Vollrath's The Unfolding Flute

THE UNFOLDING FLUTE is available now from Navona Records.


TRANSIT VOICES is available now from Navona Records.



  • Carl Vollrath
    The Glass of Absinthe
  • Carl Vollrath
    Bela’s Bash

Carl Vollrath

Carl Vollrath - composer

photo: Troy University

Born in New York City to German parents, Carl Vollrath attended Newton High School. He received a B.A. from Stetson University, an M.A. from Columbia University, and an Ed.D. from Florida State University. Vollrath studied composition with Ernst von Dohnanyi Carlisle Floyd, and John Boda. He served with the West Point Military Band at West Point NY from 1953 to 1956 and was a music consultant in Miami FL from 1956 to 1958. He joined the Troy University (AL) faculty in 1965.

Major works include six symphonies for band, an opera – The Quest – and a large collection of chamber music, all published by Tap Music (tapmusic.com). MMC Recordings has released three albums of Vollrath’s works, including a two-disc album of clarinet works recorded by Richard Stoltzman entitled Jack’s Fat Cat (2008). His most recent releases by Navona Records include SOULS IN TRANSITIONS (2018), THE UNFOLDING FLUTE (2020), TRANSIT VOICES (2021), and OLD & NEW POETRY (2021).


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