Route 66 Suite:

a multi-movement orchestral suite by Nolan Stolz

A six-year project (2020 to 2026) commemorating the 100th anniversary of Route 66

Tentative titles of the eight movements: "A.D. 1926," "Neon Dreams," "26 Gas Stations," "66 Ghost Towns," "The Show Will Go On," "Among the Trees," "Desert 66," and something related to classic lodging. Total duration estimated to be 45-60 minutes

* Articles on the project have appeared in news outlets in over 20 states and five countries, and more are forthcoming. See the PRESS page for links to articles and interviews
* 2/9/22 Stolz interviewed on High Plains Public Radio (a network of 19 FM stations in TX, OK, KS, NE, and CO) to discuss the Route 66 Suite
* Osage Arts Community (Belle, MO) has awarded Stolz a 13-month-long residency as a "home base"
* University of South Carolina Upstate has awarded Stolz a sabbatical for the 2021-22 academic year, during which Stolz will travel up and down Route 66 seeking inspiration for the composition
* USC Upstate has awarded Stolz a scholarly course reallocation for the Spring 2021 semester to research ghost towns along Route 66 in preparation for the pre-composition stage of the "66 Ghost Towns" movement

Conductors and symphony orchestra executive directors and board members: Visit the Facebook page of the Route 66 Suite HERE for news and posts from the road to see what is inspiring the music. Each movement has its own photo album, and there are additional photos and videos on the timeline.

Route 66 enthusiasts and those interested in getting a "behind the scenes" look at the composition process: subscribe to the Route 66 Suite Patreon page to access exclusive pictures, videos, and Route 66 research that Stolz is doing for the pre-composition stage and "sneak peeks" at the music as it is being composed

The Route 66 Suite will be Stolz's second orchestral piece inspired by a historic highway, the first being the Lincoln Highway Suite

The March/April 2020 issue of Fanfare magazine calls Stolz's Lincoln Highway Suite a "brilliant piece of Americana. . .a piece of inspiration and skill" saying that the "orchestration is brilliantly managed" and "Stolz clearly has a fine repository of [melodies] in his back pocket."

In 2020, the Lincoln Highway Suite was awarded second place in the American Prize's Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music (soloist or composer division). David Katz, the chief judge for the American Prize, said Stolz "evidenced skills in the use of the orchestra, in the ability to create telling emotional states, and in evoking genres and styles virtually instantaneously." Katz described the third movement of the suite, "Prairie View," as "emotionally compelling and heartfelt."

Download the PDF of the Lincoln Highway Suite HERE

To listen to the Lincoln Highway Suite recorded by the Brno Philharmonic (Mikel Toms, cond.) on Bandcamp, go to the page for each movement separately.
"From The Hudson"
"Metals Heartland"
"Prairie View"
"Traversing the Mountains"
"Golden State Romp"