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Paramount: The Symphony Sessions unites Calvin's American classical music roots with romantic and rustic tapestries. Highly accessible, these melodic new classic works are intensely beautiful piano sagas with lush powerful strings and full symphony that satisfy the deepest, inner most parts of the soul. Healing, inspiring, encouraging, meditative joy envelopes the listener motivating one not to escape life, but to take it on. Purpose, meaning, fulfillment, the feelings of love and hope are all takeaways from this release. Paramount is the 21st century grandchild of the great composers encompassing the winter scenes of Vivaldi, the cinematic anthems of Barber, the lullabies of Brahms, the sonatas and symphonies of Beethoven and Celtic inspired dance.

Calvin, known for his spirited new classic compositions that have vaulted countless competitive performers in talent shows and pageants to the top, is at it again with his new orchestral work Paramount: The Symphony Sessions. One of the tracks is the new orchestral version of "chopsticks" which years earlier Calvin had reimagined for piano. Calvin's "Whitewater Chopped Sticks" had been performed by Miss Nebraska to win the Miss America 2011 crown along with state pageant winners Miss California, Miss Ohio, Miss DC and countless other local pageant and talent show contestants.

Teaming up with writers, orchestras and studios from Los Angeles to Kyrgyzstan, Paramount is the culmination of several years of writing and performing.

"Extraordinary and engaging..."
– Natalia Mandryka, Artistic Director - Ivano-Frankivsk Philharmonic
"The key," Calvin says, "is to surround yourself with really talented people". Paramount began when Calvin met orchestrator R.J. Miller of Denver (his current opus being the 500-page tome "Contemporary Orchestration" which his publisher cut down from 1000 pages). Calvin figured R.J. knew what he was doing and the two collaborated on his initial scores. Since then, Calvin has been performing with orchestras internationally honing his music along the way, adding slowly to his repertoire his compositions that were audience favorites.
"Calvin’s music is a golden key to the hearts and minds of everyday people."
– Yulia Shutkina - Dnipro Philharmonic
One stop on his world tour was in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan which brought him in communication with conductor and orchestrator Nur Omurbaev. Before this meeting, Calvin had been commissioned to write a sequel to his pageant favorite "Whitewater Chopped Sticks". Exploring his Celtic roots, he had been dabbling with a new Celtic melody, but writing for a client whose last name was Schwartz, he figured he'd better throw in some Beethoven. The result was "Celtic Joy" for piano. Miss Schwartz indeed won her statewide crown with the song but Calvin thought perhaps the composition merited even more. Nur, who had studied with Karl Jenkins ("Palladio"), collaborated with Calvin and orchestrated "Celtic Joy" which has since been performed to numerous standing ovations.

Another stop in Kiev, Ukraine and Calvin connected with producer Serge Krutsenko and orchestrator Evgeniy Braga. This collaboration resulted in "Faith and Hope" as well as bringing to the orchestral stage Calvin's version of the Ukrainian Carol or "Carol of the Bellz".

A stop in St. Petersburg, Russia resulted in a connection with conductor Mikhail Golikov. Teaching and conducting at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Mikhail is also Artistic Director and Conductor of the Taurida International Symphony orchestra in St. Petersburg. Calvin returned later and recorded Paramount with Mikhail and the Taurida Symphony orchestra.

You will bask in the rich soulful power of the 56 piece Taurida International Symphony Orchestra as they bring to life Calvin's compositions sending you on a musical roller coaster ride you will never forget.

From the epic "Carol of the Bellz" and "Faith and Hope," to the mesmerizing anthem of "After the Conquest," to the soothing sounds of strings and harp on "Rachel's Lullaby," or the kick-up-your-heels track "Celtic Joy," Paramount may be the CD that gets stuck in your player! :)

Also check out the special Kiev Remix of "Celtic Joy".

Paramount contains approximately 44 minutes of soulful new classic music.

Tracks include:
1. Carol of the Bellz
2. October
3. After the Conquest
4. Celtic Joy
5. Compassion
6. Faith and Hope
7. Winter Port
8. Rachel's Lullaby
9. Whitewater Chopped Sticks

Check out the samples on this page and order Paramount now to get your copy!

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I love every song. If I have to pick favourites, and why… Carol of the Bellz – whenever I hear this I always have a sense the sound of ‘bells’ are heralding the coming of our Lord. Winter Port – I love the wildness and passion of this one. Aptly titled. October for its haunting, melancholic tone… it tugs at the heart and soul. But… every song is beautiful, and special in its own right. Thank you, Calvin Jones.
— February 11, 2021 by Jan Warwick (Adelaide, South Australia)
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Это музыка небес, подаренная через талантливого композитора и пианиста, моего друга и брата.

Эта музыка небес о ней, что долготерпит, милосердствует, не завидует, не ищет своего, не превозносится, не гордится, не бесчинствует, не ищет своего, не раздражается, не мыслит зла, не радуется неправде, а сорадуется истине, все покрывает, всему верит, всего надеется, все переносит. Никогда не перестает… Любовь. Любовь. Ибо Бог есть любовь.

Вы услышите Его в этой музыке, душа ваша откликнется.
— August 29, 2018 by Elvina (Russia)
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