About MSR Classics
MSR is an independent record label committed to a culture of musical excellence and discovery. Founded in 1997 as Musicians Showcase Recordings and reborn in Newtown, Connecticut as MSR Music in 2006, MSR offers recording artists the opportunity to release a Compact Disc, and to have it distributed and promoted in a worldwide marketplace. Whether releasing a debut or adding to an existing catalogue, artists benefit from the MSR team’s decades of experience. As part of its commitment to excellence, MSR partners with only the most talented recording, design and editorial professionals in the industry, assuring an uncommon integrity in concept, content and realization.
The MSR labels are under the direction of Robert LaPorta, a 26-year veteran of the music industry. LaPorta is the former Studio Manager of Squires Music Production in Elmsford, New York. He also served as Director of Classics at the Angel Records and EMI-Virgin Classics label group, Marketing and Production Manager with London-Decca Records, Deutsche Grammophon and Philips Classics of the PolyGram label group and Publicity and Contracts Associate at ICM Artists management in New York (now Opus3). He also "served" for a time as Vice President in the Global Compliance Group at Deutsche Bank on Wall Street. A mobile recording specialist with a focus on symphonic band, jazz band and chorus, LaPorta worked as a studio engineer and on-air host at WRCU Radio in Hamilton, New York. An active participant in the music industry, he is a voting member of National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and is a former member of the Grammy Classical Committee. He is also a skilled recording engineer, and is active documenting concert events in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and in southern New York State and Manhattan.
In the performing arts arena, Robert LaPorta founded and served as Personnel Director of the Hudson Valley Wind Symphony and was President of the Westchester Symphonic Winds. He performed as Principal Euphonium with the Hudson Valley Wind Symphony and Westchester Symphonic Winds, and with the Westchester Philharmonic, Norwich Festival Orchestra, Hamilton Festival Orchestra, Cornell Chamber Orchestra, Larchmont Concert Band, Bronxville Concert Band and Armonk Community Band. LaPorta was Principal Timpanist with the Colgate Concert Orchestra, and Director of the Colgate Jazz Band. He has composed several pieces for symphonic band and orchestra, and has arranged numerous baroque works for brass quintet. He is currently working to establish Newtown Brass.
Born in the "Queen City on the Sound" (New Rochelle, New York) in 1965, LaPorta earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Music from Colgate University where he studied composition with Dexter Morrill and orchestration with the late William Skelton. He studied classical and folk guitar with Gus de Gazio, percussion with John F. Sammel and euphonium with Thomas Reichert and Dolores Beck. He also completed course work in graphic design and advertising.
PACKAGE DESIGN & LAYOUT
Amazon - Immediately upon release, MSR CD releases are available on Amazon. The item listing includes a color image of the CD cover, detailed information about the artist and musical selections, and brief audio samples.
MSR webstore - Immediately upon release, MSR releases are featured on the MSR Webstore website (www.msrcd.com), with multiple category listings and an individual webpage. The individual page includes a color image of the CD cover, detailed information about the artist and musical selections, press reviews, and an audio sample. Hyperlinks can also be provided, and text attachments.
International Distribution - MSR titles are selectively available in Canada, and in territories in Europe, South America and Japan.
DIGITAL AUDIO PRODUCTION
Fines Facultatis, Cognitos Transgredere
THE PRAYING MANTIS AND THE BLUEBIRD
Flute Music of Beth Anderson
JS BACH: THE ART OF FUGUE & PACHELBEL
Komm Susser Tod
Pachelbel: Canon, Chorale …
THE ROTHKO ROOM: JOURNEYS IN SILENCE
And other Recent Piano Works by Haskell Small
CLEMENTI PIANO SONATAS
An Original Tribute to Ancient Egypt
SISLER: THE SECOND COMING
Oratorio for Chorus and Orchestra
Choral Favorites for Christmas
BRAHMS: VIOLA SONATAS & TRIO
JAMES BRAWN IN RECITAL