Capstone Records Joins
Parma Acquires Acclaimed Classical
Label with Decades of History
PARMA Recordings is pleased to announce the acquisition of the acclaimed classical label Capstone Records. Formed in 1986 in Brooklyn NY by the composer Richard Brooks, Capstone has been one of the leading voices in contemporary classical music since its inception. The label’s catalog includes over 200 releases featuring works by 600 composers and 150 ensembles.
Capstone will continue to be run as a free-standing imprint by PARMA. Mr. Brooks will sit on PARMA’s Board and advise on all matters, including those related to Capstone.
“I am very pleased and excited that Capstone Records is becoming a division of PARMA Recordings,” said Mr. Brooks (pictured at left with PARMA CEO Bob Lord). “I am convinced that Bob and the folks at PARMA will provide the energy, imagination and devotion to new American music that was the motivating impulse behind my work with Capstone for the past quarter century.”
“Capstone has a well-earned reputation for its devotion to bringing the work of modern musicians to new listeners and audiences the world over,” said Bob Lord. “Richard’s reputation among composers, ensembles, and industry professionals is absolutely impeccable, and I am delighted to have his wisdom and experienced ear as part of our team.”
The label’s releases feature stalwart American composers such as Copland, Babbitt, Cage, Foss, Ives, Rorem, and Weill in addition to the new generation of American artists, including John Bilotta, Byron Petty, Demetrius Spaneas, and Allen Savedoff. Mr. Lord and Mr. Brooks will be appearing jointly at the Society of Composers Inc (SCI) 2009 National Convention in Santa Fe in April.
Message from Richard Brooks
“I look forward eagerly to working with PARMA in developing the future of Capstone so that its legacy will continue for the benefit of our remarkable reservoir of talented composers and performers. Bob’s vision for the enhancement and presentation of compositional resources in the new multifaceted world of music is truly breathtaking and I am pleased that Capstone will be an integral part of that vision. It is wonderful to know that it will be in such good hands and that it will continue to grow and flourish in the future.” (February 2009)